Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

RYA Sailability Sunsail Regatta a huge success

by Susie Nation-Grainger on 22 Sep 2011
official prize giving ceremony - RYA Sailability Sunsail Regatta 2011 RYA http://www.rya.org.uk
The RYA Sailability Sunsail Regatta 2011 was heralded a success by all at the official prize giving ceremony held in Portsmouth Harbour Yacht Club yesterday (20 September 2011), which was attended by HRH The Princess Royal.

Held on the Solent, the event saw 55 sailors from all sailing backgrounds and abilities take to the water in six teams, for two days of racing on Sunsail’s new F40 Racing fleet, whilst raising money for RYA Sailability.

The sailors competed in three races, enjoying the Solent’s typical sea breeze and were also treated to a three course dinner, at the historic and exclusive Royal Yacht Squadron.

'We had two fantastic days' said James Hester, who was competing for the Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance team. 'Our sailing continued to get better as the regatta progressed and we were delighted to be able to support such a worthy cause.'

Each team was personally congratulated for competing in the regatta by HRH The Princess Royal who spoke to all of the sailors about their past two days of racing. She also thanked Sunsail for providing the opportunity to create even more opportunities for disabled people to go sailing, and praised Sailability for its work enabling people from all walks of life to be introduced to the sport.

Finally the moment arrived for RYA Sailability Trust Chairman, Pat Dodd to announce the winning team which was HPM Investments who won all three races in the regatta. The Sunsail team finished in second place and the Hughes family team came a close third.

HRH presented the winning team with the RYA Sailability Sunsail Regatta trophy (sponsored by the BMF). Sailors from each team received a dry bag, t-shirt and baseball cap courtesy of sponsorship by Harken UK.

Jamie Clifford one of the crew on the winning boat, said: 'The competition was tough so we are delighted to have won. We have had a great time enjoying perfect racing conditions and great wind and it was fantastic to be given the opportunity to meet HRH. I am looking forward to competing in next year’s event'.

Pat Dodd added: 'We are delighted with the success of the event and are grateful to our partners Sunsail and The Royal Yacht Squadron. We look forward to repeating this level of success next year'.

The Sailability Trust are very grateful for the continued support from HRH The Princess Royal and from the teams who competed in the regatta this year, who made the event possible.

All proceeds from the event will go to RYA Sailability, the charity which supports sailing opportunities, and provides sailing advice for people with disability.
RYA website
Ancasta Ker 33 660x82Helm Events 660x82PredictWind.com 2014

Related Articles

Kiel to host 2017 Para World Sailing Championships
Kiel's announcement as the host falls less than one month after World Sailing released the Strategic Plan for 2017-2020. The Plan outlines four main priorities as well tactics to achieve the goals, ensuring World Sailing presents a strong bid to the International Paralympic Committee for re-introduction into the 2024 Paralympic Games and future editions.
Posted today at 12:29 pm
Kiel to host 2017 Para World Sailing Championships
Kiel's announcement as the host falls less than one month after World Sailing released the Strategic Plan for 2017-2020. The Plan outlines four main priorities as well tactics to achieve the goals, ensuring World Sailing presents a strong bid to the International Paralympic Committee for re-introduction into the 2024 Paralympic Games and future editions.
Posted today at 12:29 pm
Extreme Sailing Series™ adopts the Flying Phantom Series
The partnership with Series organisers OC Sport will see the Flying Phantoms take flight at many European Series Acts The partnership with Series organisers OC Sport, will see the Flying Phantoms take flight at a number of the European Series Acts, which will be staged on some of the most iconic patches of water in the world.
Posted today at 12:17 pm
Vendée Globe – Le Cleac'h chops over five days off Cape Leeuwin record
Armel Le Cleac'h has smashed the race record for the passage from Les Sables d'Olonne to Cape Leeuwin by over five days Armel Le Cleac'h should today smash the race record for the passage from Les Sables d'Olonne to Cape Leeuwin by somewhere around five and a half days.
Posted today at 11:24 am
Vendee Globe - Colman has serious fire and near-capsize + Video
New Zealand/US sailor, Conrad Colman has had to deal with a nightmare scenario, when fire broke out New Zealand/US sailor, Conrad Colman has had to deal with a nightmare scenario, when fire broke out aboard Foresight Natural Energy followed by a near-capsize after the auto-pilot lost power and crash gybed the 60fter. 'I went outside to take a reef and when I came back inside I saw black smoke and yellow flames leaping from behind the chart table. One of the solar charge controllers was burning'
Posted today at 10:50 am
America’s Cup Endeavour Junior Hobie Wave Race to be held in Bermuda
Teams from the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand and Sweden will race in Bermuda. Hobie has provided Waves for the use of school-aged kids in Bermuda, New York, Chicago, and Toulon. The kids see the America’s Cup boats and then the Hobie Wave and instantly get the connection.
Posted today at 10:08 am
Sailing World Cup - Final on 60 years to the day of Melbourne Olympics
On 5 December 1956, the Melbourne Olympic Games sailing competition drew to a close On 5 December 1956, the Melbourne Olympic Games sailing competition drew to a close with some tense final races across the five classes. Scandinavian sailors came out on top winning three of five golds and legends such as Paul Elvstrom (DEN) and Peter Mander and Jack Cropp (NZL) etched their names into the history books.
Posted today at 8:47 am
Extreme GC32's training action-shots by Beth Morley
Beth Morley provided this gallery of images from Extreme GC32's training and out on the Harbour yesterday Beth Morley provided this gallery of images from Extreme GC32's training and out on Harbour yesterday.
Posted today at 7:26 am
Melges 24 Worlds - More Day 5 action-shots by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi was on water at 2016 Melges 24 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 5 action. Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on water at 2016 Melges 24 World Championship - Miami and provided this gallery of images from Day 5 action.
Posted today at 7:15 am
Melges 24 World Championship - Day 5 action-shots by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi was on water at 2016 Melges 24 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 5 action. Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on water at 2016 Melges 24 World Championship - Miami and provided this gallery of images from Day 5 action.
Posted today at 6:58 am