Inaugural regatta attracts hundreds of competitors

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Hundreds of businesspeople from Hampshire and further afield are set to take part in a brand-new sailing regatta next week (September 17, 18 and 19).

Earlier this year announced the launch of a new regatta to run alongside the city’s boat show. The event was set up with the mission of getting more people out on the water and engaging with the sport of sailing.

Now, with the event now a week away, regatta is already shaping up to be a success, with more than 300 businesspeople set to take part.

Richard W. Roberts, CEO of, said:

‘We are absolutely thrilled with the response to our first regatta. Getting people out onto the water really is a mission close to our hearts at We can’t wait to get people out sailing and show them how Southampton has some of the best waters in the country for the sport.’

The regatta will run from September 17 to 19 and feature four cups:

The City Cup (Sep 17) – pitting teams from the city of Southampton against one another for victory on the water
The Women’s Cup (Sep 18) – a day dedicated to all-female crews
The Community Cup (Sep 18) – young people from Southampton trying a day of sailing
The Property Cup (Sep 19) – bringing businesses from the property industry together to race on Southampton Water
Among the city businesses taking part are ABP, which runs the city’s port; law firm Dutton Gregory; and city PR firm, Lee Peck Media. Dozens of young people will also take part as part of the Community Cup, a youth programme sponsored by a group of generous marine businesses. has teamed up with sporting events firm Rees Leisure to run Regatta. Other partners include Sunsail, which will provide a fleet of Sunsail Match First 40s, complete with skippers, and British Marine.

Simon Boulding, Sunsail’s Events Director, commented:

‘Sunsail has been a long standing supporter of Southampton Boat Show and to now be involved in the first ever regatta that is set against the backdrop of this spectacular show is very exciting. We look forward to supporting both Regatta and Southampton Boat Show.’ Regatta also aims to support worthy causes. A percentage of entry fees will be split between Geoff Holt’s Wetwheels and Sail 4 Cancer.