Skandia Cowes Week Hospitality

1st August - 5th August 2005


Do something unforgettable...

Sail a 68' Dubois Round the World Racing Yacht

(To view the official Cowes week brochure in full please click here)


An exclusive sailing hospitality experience is available during Skandia Cowes Week 2005.  For the first time, Clipper Ventures, the company chaired by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, is offering you a fabulous opportunity to combine the excitement of Cowes Week whilst sailing one of the brand new, state-of-the-art 68' Dubois designed yachts.  Experience the thrill of sailing a Dubois 68' before the yachts set off on the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Race from Liverpool on the 18th September 2005.


The hospitality and PR opportunities are fantastic; entertain your top clients, suppliers and colleagues on an event to remember. The yachts make a great spectating platform to view the racing, close up to the action, sailing amongst the spectacular fleets that flock to Europe’s premier sailing event.  The yachts will start in Royal Clarence Marina, Gosport and spend a thrilling morning of sailing down to Cowes. Guests can learn about sailing a racing yacht, becoming involved or simply enjoying the sailing experience.  




At lunch, guests will go ashore in Cowes for a relaxing sumptuous meal at the prestigious Island Sailing Club, taking in the sights and party atmosphere. The afternoon will be spent sailing back to Royal Clarence Marina, veiwing the racing and the scenery of the Solent. Guests will again be welcome to do as much or as little as they choose.  This really can be described as ‘something different’, standing out from the crowd at one of the best sailing spectacles in the world.

Skandia Cowes Week is the largest annual sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon, with almost 1,000 yachts and 8,000 competitors taking part.  The eight-day event, which has been running since 1826, attracts competitors from many different countries adding an international flavour to the week.


This day is unique; offering your guests an experience that is different to all other corporate sailing events. Do something unforgettable....     



Your Hospitality Day includes:

  • The exclusive charter of a Dubois 68' for the day's sailing with a professional skipper and crew
  • Full mooring facilities at the Royal Clarence Marina, Gosport, Portsmouth
  • Tea, coffee and bacon rolls on arrival
  • Full safety briefing and yacht familiarisation
  • Morning sailing to view the Skandia Cowes week racing
  • High quality buffet lunch served at the Island Sailing Club or at one of the many available restaurants in Cowes
  • An opportunity to sail or relax on the yacht back to Royal Clarence Marina
  • Afternoon tea served on board
  • Soft drinks available throughout the day
  • Champagne reception back at Royal Clarence Marina
  • Complimentary loan of waterproof clothing
  • A complimentary gift for each guest
  • Attendance of Clipper Hospitality Management
  • Safety rigid inflatable boat


Cost per yacht per day as detailed in the Hospitality package:

Monday 1st August 2005                                  £6,080 + vat

Tuesday 2nd August 2005                                £6,080 + vat

Wednesday 3rd August 2005                            £6,080 + vat

Thursday 4th August 2005                                £6,080 + vat

Friday 5th August 2005 - day                            £6,880 + vat

Friday 5th August 2005 - evening fireworks on request

Please note: The above cost is based on the maximum of 16 guests per yacht.  Corporate sailing merchandise and team photographs can be arranged an additional cost.  No sailing experience is necessary, your professional crew and hostess will look after your every need throughout the day.


Your provisional itinerary for the day:

09.30  The guests rendezvous at the Clipper Ventures mooring at Royal Clarence Marina,
          Gosport for tea, coffee and bacon rolls

         Welcome aboard and introduction to your professional skipper and crew for a full safety

10.00  Departure from Royal Clarence Marina to view the regatta.  Your guests will have the
          opportunity to relax or get involved sailing the Dubois 68' racing yacht

12.30  Arrive in Cowes for a sumptuous lunch, relax and enjoy the sights, sounds and party
          atmosphere of the town

14.30  Rejoin your Dubois 68' yacht and enjoy the afternoon sailing and racing in the solent

          Afternoon tea will be served on board

16.30  Return to Royal Clarence Marina, for a champagne reception.

17.30  Guests depart

Clipper Hospitality is very happy to discuss an alternative programme or resource to meet your specific requirements


For further information on this exciting opportunity and further options please contact Nicola English on 020 8799 5636 or email her at [email protected]



Background information on the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race


In 1995, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Clipper Ventures plc, established one of the world’s most challenging and exciting ocean races.  The fifth Clipper Round the World Yacht race starts in Liverpool on Sunday 18th September 2005 and during the ten month adventure, the fleet will visit Portugal, Brazil , South Africa, Western Australia, Singapore, China, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and The East coast of North America, Jersey and Liverpool in the UK.   


Ten, state-of-the-art 68' (22 metres) Dubois designed yachts, will race head-to-head for the prestigious Clipper Cup.  Each boat is sponsored by a major international city who will host one of the stopovers.  They will sail with seventeen amateur crew and one professional skipper on the intense 35,000 mile voyage through some of the harshest sea and weather conditions on earth.


During the stopover at the ports, Clipper Ventures is offering businesses around the world the opportunity to sail these exciting Dubois 68' yachts.  These sailing days provide the perfect opportunity to entertain your clients or implement a team-building programme, racing head-to-head against other boats in the Clipper Fleet. The experience will be, for many, one of the most exciting days of their lives. We can tailor your day to suit your requirements.



Clipper Hospitality is also offering high quality shore-based hospitality packages at stopover ports to allow companies to entertain their staff and clients at this prestigious event.


Allow Clipper Hospitality to create a perfect Global Hospiality programme with a difference.


To view the official Cowes week brochure in full please click here