More than 2000 sailors – ranging from salty sea dogs to hydrophobic scaredy cats – converged on the Solent to compete in the largest industry regatta in Europe.
In conditions described by organisers as perfect for sailing, 221 teams battled for glory in three races on Friday and Saturday. Competing boats were split into eight classes, which ranged from racing classes to more leisurely cruising classes.
The overall prize was shared between last year’s champion, architect the Manser Practice, and bathroom distributors N Froy & Sons, a newcomer to the event.
Results were also split into sectors: Structuretone was the top contractor, Masons the top lawyer, Symonds the top project manager, Gratte Brothers the top specialist contractor, Brian Warwicker Partnership and Colt Group the best services engineer and WSP the top structural engineer. Other prizes included the highest placed 50% female crew for the Terence O’Rourke boat and the worst dressed yacht for Long and Partners’ crew.
Building helped to crew contractor Killby & Gayford’s boat, which managed a creditable 10th place in its class.
Revellers were treated to live music and entertainment in a huge marquee in Cowes after the three days’ sailing. The event raised about £115,000 for charities including the Cirdan and Jubilee training trusts.