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14 September 2008

Little Britain Challenge Cup’s Winning Skippers Celebrate with Wight Vodka

 

Cowes, Isle of Wight, England

The 2008 Little Britain Challenge Cup proved to be one of the finest in the regatta’s 21 year history. The three days of highly competitive racing for the 250 boats across 12 classes culminated in a gala dinner and prize giving to remember. Though thorough appreciation was given to the winning crews, the admiration paid to Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson, Beijing Olympic Yngling Class Gold Medalists, was completely deserved as they presented a bottle of Wight Vodka and trophy to the winning skippers and their crews.

Mary Scott-Jackson, the event organizer for the Little Britain Challenge Cup, said “This year’s racing was superb. Though a few of the days saw light winds, the weather overall was dry and the racing was highly competitive. The skippers and their crews were proud of their achievements, and they were pleased to have received a unique bottle of Wight Vodka to mark their class wins.”

A total of 250 boats – and well over 3,000 competitors – attended this year’s Little Britain at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. This year, the 9 IRC classes were joined by a one-design fleet of Sunsail 37s and fleets of Beneteau 40.7s and J/109s racing on handicap. Competition in the fiverace series – up from last year’s four races – was organised by the world-famous Royal Yacht Squadron, whose prestigious Castle clubhouse marked the start and finish of each race.

Ritu Manocha, Director at 50° North, was thrilled to provide the winning crews of each class with a bottle of Wight. “The racing and entertainment this year at the Little Britain was fabulous. From the beautiful weather to the Spitfire display on Saturday evening, and of course the prize presentation by Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson, this Little Britain will be remembered for many years to come. We certainly look forward to making the 2009 regatta better than ever!”

About the Little Britain Challenge Cup

The Little Britain Challenge Cup is a sailing regatta for the construction industry. Since the first event in 1988 the Little Britain Challenge Cup has grown from 3 to 250 entries and to include more than 3,000 competitors, making it the biggest regatta in the UK after Cowes Week. LBCC continues to attract more and more new companies to join the regulars that have been taking part in the event since 1988. All available berthing in Cowes Yacht Haven, Shepards Wharf Marina in West Cowes, and Venture Quays in East Cowes, is taken to accommodate the boats, and there’s an action-packed social programme to complement the racing. For more information about the Little Britain Challenge Cup, please visit www.littlebritain.co.uk or call +44 (0)1749 86 00 77

About 50° North

50° North are the creators of Wight Vodka. The company’s spirit and enthusiasm for the ocean, coupled with the centuries-old regatta traditions of the Isle of Wight, and of course a full appreciation of superior vodka, culminated in the creation of the world’s smoothest, 42% ABV potato-based vodka. One sip of Wight Vodka will make a believer out of the most discerning connoisseur and the company welcomes your joining a unique and elite class. Tack & Gybe Responsibly.

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