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Sailing CRASH to victory!

Posted by: Simon Trippick

Our crew take to the Solent to mark 20th anniversary of CRASH.

On Thursday 9th June, AndersElite and our very special guests took to the open water in the first-ever CRASH Sailing Cup Regatta held on the Solent. AndersElite are proud patrons of CRASH – the construction industry’s charity for the homeless – and we relished the opportunity to show our continued support to such a worthwhile cause whilst working alongside fellow construction industry professionals to raise awareness and much needed funds.

Following the very warm and sunny weather experienced of late, we had high hopes, but alas it wasn’t to be as we were initially greeted with grey, gloomy skies. However, the sun was on our side and burned through the clouds just as our crew boarded SunSail’s Beneteau First 40 Match fleet.

Our crew consisted of Phil Laycock - AndersExecutive, Adrian Bennell and James Coltart - Southampton sales team, together with our guests; AECOM, Faithful+Gould, Walker Sime and Paul Basham Associates, plus of course the expertise from our skipper and crew to hopefully steer us to victory! Nine other crews from the construction industry also took part.

From participating in the three match races, to views of the Spinnaker Tower and historic dockyard, with lunch on the open seas and finally a homeward bound well-deserved treat of ice-cold drinks served on the jetty this truly was a memorable day – we even caught a glimpse of Lord Alan Sugar’s luxury yacht on the dry stack!

Sadly, we were no match for the superb winners; Red Sky IT, with Scotch Partners and Arcadis sailing into second and third place. However the real winner here is CRASH and all the people it supports as a fantastic £6,550 was raised on the day.

The event was held to mark the 20th anniversary of CRASH and to support the charity who over the years has helped many homeless people rebuild their lives and provide vital support to hospices through construction related projects.

The AndersElite team hold numerous fundraising events throughout the year to show our dedication and commitment to CRASH and we are proud to be continued patrons of this wonderful cause.

We would like to thank CRASH for their terrific organisation of a fun packed day on the sunny Solent and we would look forward to taking part next year.

AndersElite crew sailing home!

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