Agrovista Triumph

The ninth Food and Farming Regatta was held on 17 and 18 June at the attractive and historic Port Hamble near Southampton, racing on the East Solent just off Cowes. The yachts were all matched 37 foot Oceanis all well equipped for relaxing cruising and some competitive racing.

The event was held over two days with some crews grabbing some extra practice the day before the regatta enjoying some good summer sun and a pleasant northerly wind with close to perfect sailing weather.

On the Tuesday evening a Fund raising dinner was held at the Royal Southern Yacht club which included a raffle and an auction with prizes and gifts kindly donated by sponsoring companies and individuals. Nearly £1500 was raised during the evening and a further £2000 raised by the sponsoring crews. The money raised will go to the Demelza House Children’s Hospice and the Not forgotten association. The traditional regatta quiz was won with a near perfect score by Bayer Crop Science who answered some pretty stiff questions with alacrity!

On the water there were three races. First over the line in the first two races was Agrovista on “Avant Garde” skippered by a valiant Nick Rainsley who has led the regatta runners up team on at least 3 occasions. Following closely in second place in each race was the Nufarm Agrii crew on board “Soiree”. Keeping them in close order the technology crops team led by Mike Porter came a gallant third on board Modernistic Lady in both races.

The Nufarm Challenge Trophy – a 4 boat challenge – was picked up by Nufarm Agrii with Nufarm Frontier in second place.

The racing was supported by Nigel Padbury of Technology crops who shadowed the fleet in his power boat taking a few photographs as the crews fought close action racing!

Next Year will be the Food and Farming Charity Regatta’s 10th anniversary and a big turnout is expected to celebrate. To book your place contact alan@whibleys.net or call Alan or Caroline on 07786 993789

DATES ARE 16TH AND 17TH OF June 2015.

The event was generously sponsored by Agrovista, Bayer Crop Science, Bayer Four Seasons, Nufarm – Agrii, Procam, Frontier and Nufarm Ireland, Technology Crops, Yara, Farm Business, Avro Yachting, Fairview and Calderwood.

For more details contact alan@whibleys.net or call 07786 993789

Pic above: The Avant Garde Agrovista Crew celebrate

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