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The Silicon Cup Regatta is on!

Be part of the IT industry’s biggest sailing event, rebuild your team after Covid-19, and raise money for three great charities

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.”

The Moore Barlow Silicon Cup opens for entries

IT industry’s largest sailing regatta ready for tech companies to sign up for two days of racing, networking, team-building and charity fundraising 

This year’s Moore Barlow Silicon Cup has been launched and is now open for IT companies to enter. The event takes place over 26-27 September on Port Solent, Portsmouth.

The largest sailing regatta for the IT industry started the countdown to this year’s event with a drinks reception in the City of London – which included a cheque presentation to its three nominated charities.

The event also pushed the button on a new website through which companies can now register for the regatta and two days of racing, making the most of the networking and team-building opportunities on offer.

Justin Langford, commercial director and co-founder of Coeo, and a member of the Silicon Cup committee, said: “The regatta attracts a broad spectrum of people including those who are stepping onto a boat for the first time, as well as those who are serious sailors and compete regularly.”

Everyone who enters will have an ‘awesome time’, while building long-lasting relationships and raising money for charity. There is nothing better than doing something you enjoy for the benefit of others; which is why we want as many companies as possible to register this year.”

The Silicon Cup was first run in 2000 and since then more than 7,000 people have taken part. Entrants don’t need to be experienced, as registration secures a Sunsail boat for up to ten people, along with a professional skipper and mate and safety gear.

Langford explained: “The boats are crewed by skilled, professional sailors who can race the boat if necessary, so participants can be involved as much or as little as they want. That said, these are high intensity races over short courses.“Most sailing races have to use a handicap system, with boats starting from different places. But Sunsail has one of the biggest, matched fleets in the world, so in the Silicon Cup everybody starts from the same point and competes on a level playing field.”

Registered companies can use their boat for corporate hospitality, to reward high-performing staff, or for team-building.

Peter Jeffery, partner at Moore Barlow said: “We came on board last year and renewing our sponsorship was a no brainer. Last year’s regatta was a great experience for team members and customers.
“We spent two days working together, and that really strengthens bonds. It’s also great to know that you are giving something to charity. The Silicon Cup is good for the team, good for business, and good for charity, which is why we are so pleased to support it.”

The Silicon Cup has raised a cumulative £900,000 for charity through registrations, donations and an auction for unique prizes that is held during a celebration dinner at the end of the first day.
The regatta supports Dreams Come True, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, and the Andrew Simpson Foundation; three charities that enrich the lives of children with serious medical conditions, provide opportunities for young people and encourage them to take up sailing.

Langford said: “We are now on a push to raise the £1 million. That will be real milestone for the people who have supported us, and for the charities we support in turn.”
Duncan Souster, the chief executive of nominated charity the Jubilee Sailing Trust, told the launch event about its unique mission to help people who face challenges in life, by enabling them to crew its two tall ships.

“People muck in together, which creates social chemistry, builds life skills, and sets people challenges that enable them to reappraise their sense of self,” he said.
“It is the support of events like the Silicon Cup that enable people to go through that transformational experience. We are very much looking forward to this year’s regatta; and we thank everybody who takes part.”

Martin Neal, head of challenges and events for Dreams Come True said: “We are delighted to be working with the Silicon Cup again in 2019. The event has been supporting Dreams Come True for more than 12 years now, raising a staggering £182,000 in that time.

“The Silicon Cup has fulfilled the dreams of more than 60 children and young adults, aged two to 21, across the UK. We thank everybody involved for their support and dedication.”

Richard Percy, CEO at the Andrew Simpson Foundation said: “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 and building essential personal skills.”

“The generous funds raised by the Silicon Cup will help us to continue to deliver and provide more opportunities through our charitable activities, including our Community Sailing Programmes which make sailing accessible to those that would not otherwise be able to participate and enjoy the many benefits that they bring. Thanks to its support of the Silicon Cup, together we transform lives through Sailing.”

Highland Marketing supports the Silicon Cup Regatta

Tech agency appointed communications and PR partner for the IT industry’s biggest regatta, which offers exceptional team-building and networking opportunities, while raising funds for nominated charities  

Highland Marketing has stepped up as the marketing communications and PR partner for the Silicon Cup, the largest sailing regatta for the IT industry.

The specialist technology agency will provide marketing, content advice, digital and press support for the event, which takes place on 26 and 27 September this year.

The Silicon Cup Regatta is an annual series of races on the Solent that provides team-building and networking opportunities for IT professionals, while raising money for life-changing charities.

Highland Marketing CEO Mark Venables said: “Taking part in the Silicon Cup Regatta is a terrific opportunity to build relationships with staff, clients and industry leaders, and to raise money for worthwhile causes.

“We aim to inject fresh thinking into its marketing communications and PR strategy, so that even more companies can sign-up for an event that is rewarding and enormous fun.

“And for us as a business, working in partnership with the Silicon Cup is our way of ‘giving back and contributing’ by providing our services to support the event and the charities it sponsors. It also represents an opportunity for our team to participate in the regatta.”

The Silicon Cup was first run in 2000. Since then, more than 7,000 competitors have taken part and more than £900,000 has been raised for charity, against a target of £1 million.

This year, the regatta is supporting Dreams Come True, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation; three charities that aim to enrich and improve the lives of young people from all walks of life, including those with serious medical conditions, and create opportunities and encourage them to take up sailing.

Shaun Frohlich, the co-founder of Incredible Results and chair of the Silicon Cup committee, said: “We are looking forward to working with Highland Marketing on the promotion of this year’s regatta, because we want to see as many IT firms as possible signed up for this thrilling event.

“No experience is required. Every boat comes with a professional crew to help people learn the ropes and get the most out of racing on the Solent; one of the most exciting stretches of water in the World.”

IT companies interested in learning more can come along to the rooftop bar of Highland Marketing’s City of London offices, run by Office Space in Town, on 13 February or 3 April; or visit the revamped Silicon Cup website for more details.

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