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Jan 05, 2015
Some time ago, the team behind the Movers & Storers Show mentioned to their friends at Currencies Direct that they wanted to organise a fun and unusual networking event for the industry.

Currencies Direct loved the idea and agreed to support it. A short while later Intelligent Telematics joined the event as sponsors as well, and the first ever Movers & Storers Sailing Regatta was born.

As a result, on the 15 October an intrepid group of sailors and novices (mostly novices) set sail from Port Solent Marina. The forecast was for rain and lots of it but it never really materialised, and once everybody got the wind in their hair, the odd shower wasn’t going to ruin the fun. In fact, everybody was much more concerned with a) trying not to go for an unscheduled swim and b) trying to win the races.  A total of 34 sailors – including The Mover’s very own Steve Jordan – crewed four matching Beneteau F40 yachts out of the harbour and into the Solent. With a little help from a Skipper and First Mate on each boat of course. 

After a morning of sightseeing along the beautiful Portsmouth and Isle of Wight coastline and learning a little bit more about ropes, sheets, winches and tacking, the crews were ready for their first race. The racing was a little confusing for the novice sailors, as all the boats seemed to start off by travelling in different directions, but by the end they were all line astern and it was an exciting and close run victory for the red team. 

A quick breather and a picnic lunch later, they were off again and fighting past the Napoleonic forts and through the squally showers to the finish line. This time the blue team were victorious, with the reds coming in second. 

Back at the sailing club everybody warmed up with tea and cake, and Currencies Direct awarded bottles of champagne to the Blue team who were declared the overall winners by the race controller (something to do with sailing rules and countback that nobody really understood). 

The result was a fantastic day out for everyone involved. Apart from a couple of people who had a bad case of seasickness (who shall remain forever anonymous). Plans are already being discussed for the event to come back again next year, bigger, better, and more competitive than ever. The reds have a score to settle.

Photos: 2nd down: Rounding the marker buoy; following the leader in line astern; the winning team.

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