A BRAND-new regatta set sail at the Southampton Boat Show

TheYachtMarket.com Regatta is a brand-new three-day event running alongside the show.

Masterminded by the show’s main sponsor, the regatta aims to get more people on the water, and the first day’s action on Monday did not disappoint.

Around 60 people took part in the City Cup, a day of racing pitting businesses and residents from the city of Southampton against one another.

Sailing on a fleet of Sunsail Match F40s, the six teams battled it out Southampton Water. Among those participating were:

Rees Leisure, Carswell Gould, DDV networking group, Augmentus Group, Mooloo Media and Action Coach

In the end it was Rees Leisure which claimed victory in the day’s racing and representatives were presented with their award on TheYachtMarket.com stand.

Richard W Roberts, founder and CEO of the sponsors, said: “We’ve been full of excitement about the first day of TheYachtMarket.com Regatta ever since we came up with the concept just under a year ago. Today really has lived up to all expectations and we couldn’t have wished for better conditions or competitors. A huge congratulations to Rees Leisure and everyone who took part. We can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.”

TheYachtMarket.com Regatta is running from September 17 to 19 and features four cups. In addition to the City Cup there is the Women’s Cup for all-female crews, The Community for young peope and the Property Cup – bringing businesses from the property industry together.

More than 300 people are taking part in the event, which sees novice crew race with expert skippers.

A percentage of entry fees will be split between Geoff Holt’s Wetwheels and Sail 4 Cancer.