Shipmates needed for Polypipe charity yacht regatta

Registrations for the 20th annual Polypipe Regatta are now open.

The popular yacht race, hosted by Polypipe, returns to Portsmouth on Thursday 6th September, bringing together the building, construction and plumbing sectors to take part in some friendly competition and spectacular sights 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 opens 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.

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. Polypipe Regatta 01Over the last two decades, the Polypipe Regatta has developed into a hugely popular event that never disappoints,” he said. “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.”

The race will be followed by a prize-giving ceremony and a charity raffle.

A choice of yachts is available, with most competitors opting for the 40ft cruiser-racer seating up to ten of your own crew plus the 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.

Guests are also encouraged to join Polypipe and their fellow racers for the birthday party on the evening of Wednesday 5th September.

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 your place visit or call 0239 222 2221.

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