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Polypipe Regatta 2011

Polypipe Regatta 2011 raises over £8,000 for John Merricks Sailing Trust

The Polypipe Regatta reached its thirteenth year in 2011 and attracted 66 yacht entries!  The Regatta is aimed at non-sailors and experienced sailors alike. The intention is for everyone to experience an enjoyable day on the water with some not too serious racing, whilst raising money for some worthwhile causes.

In 1998, Steve Upson from Polypipe climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The climb, accompanied by friend and local plumber Richard Gerrans, raised over £25,000 for Steve’s nephew William. William is autistic and the money was used for his therapy.
 
Unfortunately, more money was needed for William and Steve looked for a fund-raising mechanism that could be repeated year on year. After rejecting golf days and go-karting events he settled on a Charity Sailing Day, chartered 12 yachts from Sunsail and then found 12 clients to sub charter to. The 12 yachts had an excellent days racing, a raffle raised some more money for William and the Polypipe Regatta was born.
 
Each year, the event attracted more entrants and after 5 years, the 5 teams that had won clubbed together to purchase and donate a solid silver Armada Plate as a suitable winning trophy. The trophy is inscribed ‘Williams Trophy’ as a reminder of the small child who inspired the event.

The Williams Trophy was won in 2011 by Plumbase 2.
 
All at the John Merricks Sailing Trust offer our sincere thanks to Polypipe for choosing the Trust as one of its supported charities again this year.
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