The charity yacht regatta, hosted by Polypipe, will return to Portsmouth on Thursday 6th September, bringing together the building, construction and plumbing sectors at Port Solent.
The race will see around 50 vessels set sail to compete and raise money for Polypipe Building Products’ charity partner Help for Heroes, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018.
No experience is necessary as each yacht comes with an experienced skipper and mate, who will guide guests through the day.
The event will open with a birthday celebration on the evening of Wednesday 5th September, giving attendees the chance to enjoy live music, street food, guest speakers, complimentary birthday cake and a welcome drink. The race on the following day will be followed by a prize-giving ceremony and a charity raffle.
Cameron McLellan, MD of Polypipe Building Products, said he would like to invite all partners, merchants and customers to mark the special occasion by joining in the birthday celebrations and helping to raise money for worthy causes.
He commented: “Over the last two decades, the Polypipe Regatta has developed into a hugely popular event that never disappoints. It is the perfect chance for guests to get together, compete, and enjoy the festivities.
“We would be delighted to welcome customers and friends to the regatta’s 20th anniversary celebrations. Last year’s event was a great success and we intend to go one better and make this year’s regatta a day to remember, while continuing to support our regatta charities Help for Heroes and the John Merricks Sailing Trust.”
A choice of yachts is available, with most competitors said to opt for the 40ft cruiser-racer seating up to ten crew plus a skipper and mate, priced at £1,510 per yacht. Seamen looking for something a bit special can book a classic or historic yacht, including Sir Francis Chichester’s legendary Gipsy Moth IV. Each package includes places on a yacht, a skipper, breakfast, afternoon tea, waterproofs and regatta entry.
Last year’s regatta, which raised more than £10,000 for the regatta charities, was won by Upson Consultancy and skipper Chris Brooks, who beat 50 other hopefuls to take the 2017 title.
To book a place visit www.polypipe.com/polypipe-regatta or call 0239 222 2221.