The Moore Barlow Silicon Cup Regatta will be back on The Solent this September and is open for yacht reservations right now.
The regatta is the IT industry’s biggest sailing event and represents an exciting opportunity to get out on the water, rebuild teams isolated during Covid-19, and network with like-minded individuals.
On top of that, it’s a positive way to contribute to the more than £1 million that has been raised for worthy causes since 2000 by raising money to support three deserving charities each year.
Shaun Frohlich, chairman of the Moore Barlow Silicon Cup Regatta, said: “We were unable to hold the Silicon Cup Regatta in 2020 and last year’s event had to go-ahead with some Covid-19 precautions in place.
“This year, it will be all systems go, with a day of practice, an amazing gala dinner to raise money for our chosen charities, and a day of racing out on The Solent; one of the most exciting pieces of water in the world.
“We can’t wait to take part in the IT industry’s number one networking event on the water, and to raise even more money to change and enhance the lives of people across the UK.”
Peter Jeffery, partner at Moore Barlow, the main sponsor, said: “We came on board three years ago as sponsor, and this year renewing our support for such a worthy event was clearly an easy decision. It was good to be back on the water at last year’s regatta despite the restrictions, so this year will be even better.
“The event provides an exhilarating experience for all that participate, and it is the ultimate in teams working together and strengthening bonds. It is also satisfying to know that you are giving something back to charity and the chance to enhance people’s lives.”
The Moore Barlow Silicon Cup Regatta is an annual event that is based out of Port Solent near Portsmouth. Since it started in 2000, more than 7,000 competitors have taken part in 450 matched yachts, provided by Sunsail.
No experience is necessary, as every eight or ten guest yacht comes with a professional crew. Safety gear and a safety briefing is also provided on the first day of the event. This year’s event takes place on Thursday, 15 September and Friday, 16 September.
On the evening of the first day, there is a gala dinner at Cowes on the Isle of Wight, with competitions and auctions to raise money for the regatta’s chosen charities. This year, those charities are: The Genie’s Wish, the Andrew Simpson Foundation, and the Greig City Academy sailing programme.
The regatta rounds out on the second day with a series of races that provide an ideal opportunity to forge strong teams through new, shared experiences. The winning team also gets to contribute to a charity of its choice.
Martin Neal, executive director and co-Founder, The Genie’s Wish Charity said: “As a newly registered charity we are very excited to be chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the Moore Barlow Silicon Cup Regatta. The funds raised will go towards providing a life-changing wish or experience to enhance the lives of people aged 0-40years, who are suffering from a critical or terminal illness or living with a life-limiting medical condition.
“Our purpose is to bring respite and joy into the lives of our beneficiaries and their families. We are very much looking forward to this year’s regatta, and we thank everybody who takes part.”
Richard Percy, CEO at the Andrew Simpson Foundation said: “We are grateful to once again be selected as one of the charities that the Moore Barlow Silicon Cup Regatta will raise money for. Everything we do is driven by our belief that all young people have the ability to excel and succeed in life and work.
“We believe that the challenges of sailing and watersports do this by promoting health and well-being, building of essential personal skills and gaining a sense of independence. The generous funds raised will help us to continue to deliver and provide more opportunities through our charitable activities, including our Community Sailing Programmes.”
Jon Holt, head of sixth form and leader of the Sailing Club at Greig City Academy, said: “It’s brilliant news that we are once again able to benefit from the Moore Barlow Silicon Cup Regatta. As a school in north London the funds that we receive make sailing accessible to those that would not otherwise be able to participate and enjoy the many benefits that it brings.
“It is extremely rewarding to witness pupils having the opportunity to enjoy the physical side of sailing and develop capabilities that help them in their academic schoolwork and everyday life. Thanks to the support of the Silicon Cup, it provides us with the chance to transform lives through Sailing.”