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Wooden Spoon and Sunsail launch exciting new Rugby Regatta 

29 November 2016

Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, and Sunsail, the leading sailing company in the UK, have formed an exciting partnership to launch a brand new and unique event for the world of rugby.

The Wooden Spoon Regatta will take place on the 28th September 2017, with competitors racing on Sunsail’s fleet of 30 identical Beneteau First Match 40s, with each entry fee for the regatta will include a donation to the charity.

In addition to the fundraising for the UK’s leading rugby charity, Wooden Spoon, competitors will also enjoy a full day of sailing and teambuilding, with their guests trained by Sunsail’s expert skippers. There will also be plenty of networking opportunities for the companies and individuals taking part.

The money raised will go towards funding projects across the UK and Ireland that support children and young people with disabilities or facing disadvantage.  

Competitors will also have the opportunity to upgrade their entry to an Ambassador Package, which will add a rugby or sailing legend to their team, allowing their guests to rub shoulders with a sporting great.  

Former England 7’s captain and long-standing Wooden Spoon Ambassador, Ollie Phillips commented:

“I am delighted that Wooden Spoon and Sunsail are working together.  The partnership combines two of my favourite things – rugby and sailing.  And the fact that all the funds raised will be supporting children and young people with disabilities and facing disadvantage across the UK and Ireland is the icing on the cake.”

Simon Boulding, Sunsail Events Director, commented:

“Sunsail is delighted to be working with the Wooden Spoon Charity on this exciting new sailing event. There have been long standing synergies between rugby and sailing and this regatta, the first of its kind for the rugby world, will further strengthen the ties between the two sports. Competitors can enjoy some great sailing, whilst raising money for a great charity and rubbing shoulders with rugby legends past and present."

For further information please contact:

Michael Hlavety – Sunsail Event Organiser 

Tel: 0208 2346279 or Email: michael.hlavaty@sunsail.com

Danni Milwain – Head of Fundraising Wooden Spoon

Tel: 01252 773720 or Email: dmilwain@woodenspoon.org.uk

About Wooden Spoon

  • Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby, funding life-changing projects across the UK and Ireland to support disadvantaged and disabled children and young people.
  • Since our founding in 1983, we have distributed in excess of £23 million to more than 650 projects, helping over 1 million disabled and disadvantaged children.
  • Our rugby heritage has given us our core values of passion, integrity, teamwork and fun, and working closely with the wider rugby community our values drive the ethos and spirit in everything we do.

Find out more at woodenspoon.org.uk

About Sunsail

Founded in 1974, Sunsail is the world’s largest sailing and watersports holiday company, delivering great value sailing holidays with a cutting-edge fleet, in the world’s best cruising grounds worldwide.

Sunsail offers a wide choice of sailing holidays with over 800 yachts in 25 locations worldwide. Alongside Yacht Charter and Flotilla Sailing holidays, Sunsail also offer Sailing Schools, Yacht Ownership, Team Building and Events.

In the UK, Sunsail operates the largest fleet of matched yachts available for charter, operates one of the largest and most successful sailing schools in the country and stages a host of leading sailing events for individuals and businesses.  

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Founded in 1974, Sunsail is the world’s largest sailing and watersports holiday company, delivering great value sailing holidays with a cutting-edge fleet, in the world’s best cruising grounds worldwide.

Sunsail offers a wide choice of sailing holidays with over 800 yachts in 25 locations worldwide. Alongside Yacht Charter and Flotilla Sailing holidays, Sunsail also offer Sailing Schools, Yacht Ownership, Team Building and Events.

We offer holidays and sailing activities to suit sailors and non-sailors alike. So whether you're looking to sit back, G&T in hand on a crewed yacht letting the skipper do all the work for you, or experience the thrill of gliding along the waves in one of the world's largest sailing regattas.

Experience or no experience, anything is possible with Sunsail. The world is made up of 70% water and Sunsail provide holiday makers with the opportunity to experience the best bits, with 100% fun!

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