Plumbase novices sail to victory in Polypipe Regatta

Published:  22 July, 2011

UK: The Plumbase 2 boat, with a crew of novice sailors, has won this year’s Polypipe Regatta. They beat 65 other contenders, including some highly experienced sailing teams.

Scott Benfield, manager of the Plumbase branch in Portsmouth, and eight customers made up the crew. Although Scott has sailed occasionally in the past, none of the other Plumbase team had any experience. They were given a briefing earlier in the day, then ventured straight out on the water.

“It was a complete surprise for everyone, not least us because the Plumbase second team had finished right at the back on the last two occasions!” says Scott. “Our secret weapon was a superb skipper, Nick, who managed to get us off to a flying start as one of the first boats across the start line. He ordered us around brilliantly and made sure we harnessed any breeze there was, although it was a very still day.”

The 13th Polypipe Charity Sailing Regatta was held on 1 July. It is organised by Steve Upson, Polypipe SE sales director and this year raised funds for the British Heart Foundation and the John Merrick Sailing Trust. The regatta takes place in the Solent and appeals to non-sailors and experienced crews alike.

Steve Upson of Polypipe, said: “I was extremely pleased with the outcome of the event. The day is organised to be truly inclusive and, in fact, all the podium places were claimed by inexperienced teams this year. It was a great day and the charities are also winners.”

A number of other teams representing Grafton Merchanting GB, were competing. The winning Plumbase 2 crew members were presented with trophies and a large bottle of champagne.

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