Marine engineering company SeaRoc, part of the Natural Power group, won the renewableUK Annual Sailing Regatta that took place in Port Solent, Portsmouth last week. SeaRoc and Natural Power both had boats taking part in the Regatta, battling winds from around 15 knots to just over 20 knots, but the SeaRoc team had the overall win after two back to back races against 38 other yachts.

Leading from start to finish in the first race was technical recruitment agency Matchtech, closely followed by SeaRoc, with third place going to turbine designer and manufacturer, Gamesa. With both races counting, consistency was the key to a good result and after an hour of some close racing in the second run, 1st and 2nd place were only separated by half a boat length at the finish. Second place went to Gamesa and first went to SeaRoc, giving them the overall win!

A mixture of professional mariners and novices, the SeaRoc crew included energy supplier GDF SUEZ Global Energy, Barclays Bank, Marine Resources and energy utility E.ON.

Eric Briar, Managing Director of SeaRoc said: “SeaRoc and the wider Natural Power group have been supporters of BWEA, and more recently RenewableUK, for over a decade, and we were delighted to be a part of this prestigious event. The weather at the start of the race was quite dismal with overcast conditions, but as the morning went on the cloud started to break up and we had some lovely sunshine for the afternoon. We are thrilled to be the overall winner!”

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