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Polypipe is recruiting shipmates for annual charity yacht race

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Registration is now open for piping manufacturer Polypipe’s 20th annual Polypipe Regatta

The event, which takes place in Portsmouth on 6th September, brings together the building, construction and plumbing sectors to take part in some friendly competition.

The race, which first began in 1998, will see around 50 vessels set sail to compete and raise money for Polypipe Building Products’ charity partner Help for Heroes, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018.

Each yacht comes with an experienced skipper and mate who will guide guests through the day – so no experience is necessary.

Cameron McLellan, managing director of Polypipe Building Products, said: “Over the last two decades, the Polypipe Regatta has developed into a hugely popular event that never disappoints.

“It is the perfect chance for guests to get together, compete, and enjoy the festivities.

“We would be delighted to welcome customers and friends to the regatta’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

“Last year’s event was a great success and we intend to go one better and make this year’s regatta a day to remember, while continuing to support our regatta charities Help for Heroes and the John Merricks Sailing Trust.”

The event opens with a birthday celebration on the evening of Wednesday 5th September, giving attendees the chance to enjoy live music, street food, guest speakers, complimentary birthday cake and a welcome drink.

A choice of yachts is available, with most competitors opting for the 40ft cruiser-racer seating up to ten crew members plus the skipper and mate, priced at £1,510 per yacht.

Seamen looking for something a bit special can book a classic or historic yacht, including Sir Francis Chichester’s legendary Gipsy Moth IV.

Each package includes places on a yacht, a skipper, breakfast, afternoon tea, waterproofs and regatta entry.

The race will be followed by a prize-giving ceremony and a charity raffle.

Last year’s regatta, which raised more than £10,000 for the regatta charities, was won by Upson Consultancy and skipper Chris Brooks, who beat 50 other hopefuls to take the 2017 title.

To book your place visit www.polypipe.com/polypipe-regatta or call 0239 222 2221.

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