Rugby and Sailing Unite at Inaugural Regatta

THE inaugural Wooden Spoon Regatta on 28th September enjoyed fantastic weather and great teamwork as the worlds of rugby and sailing united in a bid to raise funds to support children and young people with a disability or facing disadvantage in the UK and Ireland. Our thanks go to all who supported the Regatta and helped to raise in excess of £10,000 for Wooden Spoon.

Regatta results

Wooden Spoon Regatta 2017 results table

The Regatta was contested by ten crews aboard identical Beneteau First Match 40s. The crews were supported by expert skippers provided by Sunsail and accompanied by Wooden Spoon ambassadors; Phil Vickery MBE DL on the Creed Foodservice yacht, Helena Lucas MBE on the Wooden Spoon yacht, and Ollie Phillips on the Saracens yacht.

In addition, there were two Wetwheels boats, along with their founder Geoff Holt MBE DL. Wetwheels builds disabled people’s confidence by providing the opportunity to access the sea. Attendees at the regatta were able to join in the fun in a safe, stimulating and rewarding way using specially modified, fully accessible powerboats.

After a full day of excitement on the water, the winners were announced at the evening celebrations. In first place were Walter Lilly & Co Ltd, while a crew representing the award-winning HITZ rugby programme came in a close second, and the team on the Royal Harwich Yacht Club were in third place. Read all about the HITZ ambassadors day at the Regatta.

Our thanks go to all those who supported the event and to Sunsail for its part in bringing together a thrilling day of sailing.

“The fact that funds raised will be supporting children and young people with a disability or facing disadvantage is the icing on the cake.”

Wooden Spoon Regatta 2018

If you are interested in taking part in the next Wooden Spoon Regatta on 12 September 2018 please contact Danni Milwain, Head of Fundraising, on