Brand-new sailing regatta

Nikki Rees: Managing Director, Rees leisure | Simon White: CTO & Founder, TheYachtMarket | Richard W Roberts: CEO & Founder, TheYachtMarket | Chris Rees: Business Development Director, Rees Leisure | Simon Boulding: Events Director, Sunsail

Brand-new sailing regatta to run alongside Southampton Boat Show

A brand-new sailing regatta is set to run alongside the UK’s biggest Boat Show, it has been announced this week. is creating a new three-day sailing event, which will run at the same time as Southampton Boat Show. Regatta will run from September 17 to 19 and feature three cups:

  • The City Cup – pitting teams from cities across the UK against one another for victory on the water
  • The Women’s Cup – a day dedicated to all-female crews
  • The Property Cup – bringing businesses from the property industry together to race on Southampton Water

The regatta has been created as part of’s bid to get more people out on the water and trying sailing.

Richard W. Roberts, CEO of, said: “Getting people out onto the water really is a mission close to our hearts at We have some of the best waters for racing right on our doorstep here in Southampton and it’s such a shame that so many people haven’t had a chance to get out on it. That’s exactly why we decided to take matters into our own hands and create a brand-new regatta that will let people do just that. We can’t wait.” has teamed up with sporting events firm Rees Leisure to run the event. Rees Leisure is the company behind some of the region’s biggest sporting events, including The ABP Southampton Marathon, Winchester Half Marathon and last year’s Southampton Sailing Week.

The company’s strategic development director, Chris Rees, said: “We’re incredibly excited about the launch of the first Regatta. With such a spotlight on sailing during Southampton Boat Show, it’s exactly the right time to get people out on the water and trying their hand at this fun sport.”

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.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Southampton Boat Show takes place from 14-23 September 2018 and is set to be the biggest and most incredible celebration yet, offering 10 unforgettable days showcasing the past whilst navigating the future of the marine world. Early Bird tickets are now on sale, with two children under the age of 15 going free with each adult. For more information visit:

Laurie Lysandrides: TheYachtMarket | Nikki Rees: Rees Leisure | Claire Bunton: Southampton Property Association | Denise Ball: Southampton Property Association | Satvir Kaur: Southampton City Council | Simon White: TheYachtMarket | Richard W Roberts: TheYachtMarket | Debbie Randall: Harbour Hotels Group | Laura Downton: Lee Peck Media

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