Boiler distributor ATAG Heating UK sponsored a sailing challenge in aid of the St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
This year’s Nab Challenge had a record entry of 45 yachts taking part and raised over £17,000 for the charity, nearly double last year’s figure.
The overall winner was the yacht Marbella from the Inn-Shore Cruising Club, skippered by Mark Taylor, with a points total of 16,240 and a sum of £2,030 pledged to the Hospice.
The Star of Killarney Trophy for the yacht that most reflected the spirit of the event went to the yacht Unruly, skippered by Charles Bull.
Unruly’s crew included, at 2 years and 4 years old, the youngest in the event, which the judges felt best reflected the family theme. The winner in the Sunbeam Class was Gayle Palmer’s yacht, Little Lady.
There were numerous class winners and all will be presented with their trophies at a special presentation evening to be held at the Inn-Shore Cruising Club, Shore Road, East Wittering on October 30.
The Challenge takes place over a 12 nautical mile course from a start line just outside Chichester harbour, around the Nab Tower and back. It attracts entrants from sailing clubs throughout Sussex and beyond. This year’s event included entries from the RAF Yacht Club (Hamble) and the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
ATAG Heating managing director, Phil Bell, said: “A lot of hard work has gone into this year’s event and the results speak volumes for all the effort and support we have received.
“But we won’t be resting on our laurels, and are already planning next year’s event when we hope to raise even more money for St Wilfrid’s.”