Barton Marine's joint team with distributor Navimo were back once again to defend their Marine Industry Sailing Regatta title, which was held in the Solent on Wednesday the 21st April. The event is held each year to encourage professionals within the marine industry to compete in a relaxed and friendly day of racing with all proceeds made donated to the John Merrick's Sailing Trust, which offers young talented sailors financial support as they climb the Olympic sailing ladder.
The event was kicked off on the Tuesday evening before the event with a pre-race dinner at Sunsail's Port House, based at Port Solent. British Sailing President and Barton Marine Operation's Director Paul Botterill presented a cheque for £1,200 to the John Merricks Trust with diners contributing a further £146 in loose change, a great result!
Wednesday morning saw the racing begin in brilliant bright sunshine and light northerly winds. The 2010 Barton/Navimo crew taking part consisted of David Barrow, Scott Dawson, Christian Brewer and Paul Botterill from Barton, along with Neil Paramour (Force Four), Peter Legg, Howard Stocker and John Howard, all from Navimo. The racing took place in the Eastern Solent with a beat set from Ryde Pier to Portsmouth Harbour, where it got particularly light and shifty. Team Brunton Propellers romped away to victory with two wins and a second place, the team seemed to be turbo charged all day! Team Barton/ Navimo scored a respectable 11 points giving them joint second with Team Boating Business, but were later relegated to third on highest individual placings scored.
The Regatta was hailed a tremendous success by all with planning for 2011 already under way. We have been promised a really exciting ride next year with the Sunsail fleet from this year’s regatta being replaced with Beneteau First 40’s, now that really is something to look forward to!