Land-based staff from Elaborate Communications joined seasoned sailors when they took part in the 2012 Fairplay Cup yacht race as part of the InterManager team crew.
Managing Director Sean Moloney, PR Account Manager Debra Massey and Finance Manager Sarah Jones were led by experienced yachtsman and former tanker Captain Kuba Szymanski, InterManager Secretary General onboard the vessel Performance Machine.
They were ably assisted by InterManager President Alastair Evitt, Peter Paterson, Senior Technical Manager at Marine Capital, former Royal Navy Captain and InterManager’s IMO representative Paddy McKnight and Diarmuid Lundy, General Manager at Meridian Marine Management.
Together they achieved a creditable 15th place out of 21.
Initial fears that the day’s racing would be cancelled because of a threatened Force Nine gale proved premature and in fact race organisers brought the afternoon racing to an abrupt end when a complete drop in wind becalmed all the yachts without a hope of reaching the finish line.
Wet and windswept, the intrepid Elaborate/InterManager team beat a hasty retreat to land to enjoy an excellent evening dinner onboard HMS Warrior with a charity raffle in aid of Seafarers UK.
The IHS Fairplay Cup is an annual sailing event for shipping industry professionals held at Port Solent, near Portsmouth. Racing takes place on board Sunsail’s extensive fleet of high-performance yachts.
1 London Offshore Consultants Velocity3
2 IHS Fairplay Xtra Strong MINT
3 Smit Salvage Salvation
4 Bureau Veritas Dutch Courage
5 Wärtsilä UK Team Spirit
6 Holman Fenwick Willan Writ Faced
7 TMC Marine Consultants
8 Bureau Veritas Fat Chance
9 Lloyd’s Register Rail Wet Track
10 ABB Ship Happens
11 Carisbrooke Shipping Boatweiser
12 Baltic Exchange Sailing Association Young Gifted and broke
13 IHS Fairplay Merchant Gravy
14 Carisbrooke Shipping No Brainers
15 InterManager Performance Machine
16 Michael Else Sextant
17 Rightship Rightsheet
18 IHS Sailing the 4 Cs
19 Bureau Veritas Ar Gwellan Norweg
20 Castrol (UK) Line_astern
21 Lloyd’s Register – Energy Safety 1st