Solent Event Ribs in formation

2019 Season – It’s a wrap!

Wow… where did that season go? It only seems 5 minutes ago that we ran a post-conference Rib event from The Southampton Harbour Hotel in March and now it’s all over for another year! 

Rib charter 2019

Whilst the beginning of the year started slowly (possibly due to some uncertainly that we DEFINITELY won’t get into!), the mid and late season bookings and events made for a very respectable year all in all. Team reward and team building events continue to dominate our bookings and most of these tend to have a trend of ‘turnkey simplicity’ for the client in common. We specialise in making what can otherwise be time consuming and complicated events, very easy and pain free for the booker by taking care of virtually everything. Pre-or Post-conference events on the water have again been a favourite to ensure that it’s not all ‘death by PowerPoint’!

Corporate sailing regatta

Highlights this year included several 10+ yacht sailing regattas, all organised specifically to the clients requirements as well as some larger Rib treasure hunts. Our new classic yacht sailing days have been very well received, notably when paired with the 5* Southampton Harbour Hotel that’s conveniently located right alongside the yacht’s home berth!

Classic yacht sailing days

Cowes Week is always a big deal for us (as an official supplier to the regatta) and this year saw the amazing sight of the new SailGP foiling catamarans on the first weekend. This new event saw the fastest ever sailing speeds recorded on The Solent with the Brits being the team to break the illusive 50 knot barrier (55mph) for the very first time!

SailGP racing

Again we have worked with the best hotels and venues on the South Coast and the Isle of Wight to make sure that everything runs smoothly ensuring we receive only the best post-event feedback. The Royal Ocean Racing club saw a lot of us this year with many 100+ guest lunches and conferences as well as our legendary Cowes Week Hospitality facility set up overlooking the harbour for the duration of this world famous 8-day yachting event.

Cowes Week hospitality

2019 saw the return of many regular clients and the introduction of many new ones that we are confident to welcome aboard again in 2020.  

In conclusion, the year has been very much ‘business as usual’ and we’ll be spending the winter months refreshing and perfecting our offerings for the season ahead and reconnecting with clients both old and new!