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The Little Britain Challenge Cup is the property and construction industry’s annual sailing regatta, based at Cowes Yacht Haven, Cowes and is organised in early September each year. It currently attracts over 60 companies and over 750 crew,. Whilst the event is smaller than before the recession, numbers are growing year on year and, it is for many, more intimate and sociable and remains one of the best and most enjoyable networking events in our industry.
The event is overseen by a volunteer committee, all of whom work in the industry, who plan and agree the format, and is managed by Mary and her team from MSJ Events.
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Peter Thompson, Steve Green and Phil Davis, who were all consultants for the Little Britain Office Development on London Wall, did not know what they were starting in 1988. The original wager for the single race was the price of a dinner. Today it is the biggest regatta in England after Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, and is easily the biggest European industry event.
Despite this, the founder’s objectives are still being met. It is a fun event for the construction industry, where it is the participation and not the winning that counts.
It is the volunteer committee’s task to maintain these standards and ensure that it remains a premier event in both the yachting and construction industry calendars. There is little scope to make the event any bigger, but we can strive to make it better. This can only happen with the continuing support of the entrants and indeed the sponsors
At the same time as we are all having fun, we are also raising substantial sums of money for our chosen sailing charities.