Champagne sailing

By Clare Newman

Friday, August 1, 2014


Champagne sailing

Action at Royal Solent Yacht Club.

THE 2014 Taittinger Royal Solent Regatta was heralded as the best ever by organisers after a weekend of sun, sailing and socialising.

This year’s entry was more than 170, and perfect weather helped attract more than 700 people to the event’s launch, a champagne reception at the clubhouse.

On Saturday, because of the numbers and different classes of yachts, two separate start lines were employed. The 14 classes of yachts included more classic yachts than ever but light winds made racing tricky.

After racing, most celebrated the annual Towers Party, where the aim is to raise money for charity — this year the Saturday Club for Deaf Children (see Weekender, page 15).

On Sunday the weather was light, overcast and refreshingly cooler. The light breeze held and it was possible for most of the classes who had only one race on Saturday to catch up with two on Sunday.

At the presentations, the winner of each class received a magnum of Taittinger Champagne.

Commodore Mark Hall thanked sponsors Taittinger and Charles Stanley, and added: "This year’s Taittinger Regatta was the best ever. Huge entries, blue skies and a great breeze."

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