16th July 2019
Between the 9th and 10th July, a joint team made up of Expleo and Stirling staff set sail on the high seas to take part in the Reginald Fessenden Sailing Challenge 2019. The annual challenge attracted 18 teams from the UK submarine sector, including SEA, Thales and SAAB, and was a great opportunity for Expleo (formerly Assystem Technologies) to display their new company branding on the team’s Beneteau Oceanis 37 yacht.
Setting off from the Hamble at 10 am on Wednesday, onto a very windless Solent, the team had a slow-paced and easy introduction to sailing and racing techniques – including how to handle a spinnaker. The winds emerged just after midday and three races were set by the excellent organisers, involving courses toward Cowes. The competition was fierce with most boats within inches of each other, jostling to get the best start. The overall winner of the three races was the SMI Group, with the event coming to an end at just after 5 pm and everyone making it safely to shore. The Expleo/Stirling team, who ranged in ability from novice to advanced, had a fantastic race coming in midfield.
Commenting on the race, team leader, Dan Clark, stated “We couldn’t have asked for better conditions and I’m delighted with where the team placed, it is a terrific achievement, especially, as this was our first time taking on the challenge. Overall, the 2-day event has been a brilliant team bonding experience, a fantastic opportunity to meet with key Royal Navy and other industry representatives within the UK submarine sector, plus we’ve also helped to raise vital funds for a great charity.”
This year’s Reginald Fessenden Sailing Challenge raised £5K for The Not Forgotten Association. The Not Forgotten Association provides much-needed entertainment and leisure facilities to servicing and ex-servicemen and women that have been injured during or after service in the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Airforce.
For more information on The Reginald Fessenden Sailing Challenge, visit http://www.britanniaevents.co.uk