Welcome to IBM’s Annual Broad Reach Cup Regatta 2018 Web site

The IBM Broad Reach Cup Regatta is one of the highlights of the year for both Business Partners and IBM teams alike. The unique surroundings create an exciting and exhilarating opportunity to network with old friends and colleagues and to meet new ones.

Do come challenge the current winners and 2017 Trophy Holders – Tech Data Advanced Solutions and other IBM Business Partners from Sunday 8th July until Tuesday 10th July 2018 at Port Solent, Portsmouth.

Join us for the IBM Broad Reach Cup Regatta 2018

For your chance to participate in this year's Business Partner Regatta, please find all the information below.
There are only 40 boats available so book soon to avoid disappointment.

Registration on Sunday 8th July will be held at Wildwood Restaurant in Port Solent.

The Gala Dinner – Available to non competitors

Another option which was raised by some of you in your feedback was the option of being able to buy tables at the Regatta Gala Dinner on the Monday evening, even if you company was not taking part in the racing.

We have decided that this option will be made available at a cost of £2,000 = VAT for a table of 10. There will only be 6 such tables available so that we do not detract from the main purpose of the event which is, of course, competing for the Challenge Trophy!

Booking form

You can book your place by clicking on the link below and registering your contact details. You will then be taken to a page where you can download the Sunsail booking form document. Please complete the form and send it to Becky Field at IBM.

To secure your entry, along with filling out the booking form, you must pay a deposit 25% of the full fee. The remaining amount must be paid at least 10 weeks prior to departure.

Please note this event is not reimbursable via the Business Partner Rewards Scheme.

IBM Contact:

Becky Field
Mob: 07899 754 148

Sunsail Contact:

Mike Sellers
Tel: 023 9222 2221
Mob: 07854287235
Email: mike.sellers@sunsail.com

The price of the 2018 Regatta will be £4,875 plus VAT ( Up until 31st March 2018)
£5,250 plus VAT from 1st April 2018

Upon completion and return of this form you will be contacted by the Event Manager.

Dates and Itinerary

Sunday 8th July

Arrive at Wildwood in Port Solent for registration, meet with skippers and settle on board.

Dinner will be served at Wildwood – the skippers will join us. Overnight onboard yachts

Monday 9th July

Breakfast at Wildwood. Skippers briefing

Depart for practice sail in the Solent

Enjoy lunch afloat

Afternoon Racing

Moor up at Cowes Yacht Haven. Pontoon party commences

Dinner and disco at The Royal Ocean Racing Club (Black tie)
Overnight onboard yachts

Tuesday 10th July

Breakfast at the Cowes Yacht Haven Event Centre

Depart for day 2 of racing

Racing commences with a programme of up to 3 races with time for lunch onboard  

Teams arrive back in Port Solent and head to Wildwood for prize giving

Depart at your leisure

Costs for 2018

Early Bird Price up to 31st March 2018:
£4,875 plus VAT

Price from 1st April:
£5,250 plus VAT

Please contact the event organiser at IBM:

Becky Field
Mobile: 07899 754148
E-mail: WAINW@uk.ibm.com

How to find Port Solent

From  the West and London via the M3. Leave the M27 at Junction 12. Take the first exit off the Cosham roundabout, turning left by the Marriott Hotel. Travel down this road for about half a mile through two sets of traffic lights and immediately after you pass under the motorway bridge, turn left at the traffic lights into Port Solent Marina.

From the East. Travel down the A3 on to the A3M. As this joins the A27 continue heading in a westbound direction. When you see the signs for Cosham and Hilsea turn off the A27 at the Hilsea roundabout. From here follow the signs for Port Solent and Porchester. This will take you past the large IBM building up to the Cosham roundabout with the Marriott Hotel on the corner. Turn off at the A27 towards Porchester past the Marriott Hotel and travel down this road for about half a mile. Go through two sets of traffic lights and immediately after you pass under the motorway bridge, turn left at the traffic lights into Port Solent Marina.

Parking available at the The Port House, Marina Keep, Portsmouth PO6 4TH. Wildwood is a short walk from the car park.

What to bring

General:  If you want to continue partying onboard after the marquee closes on Sunday evening, you will need to bring supplies along with you. The marinas at both Port Solent and Cowes Yacht haven are in residential areas. Please spare a thought for the residents whilst partying.

Sailing: Sunny weather has been ordered for the event, so we suggest that you bring the following:
Sun hat
Sun lotion/Sun block
Sun glasses
Shorts and T-shirts
Deck shoes or trainers
Please remember that, even if the weather is hot on land, the temperature is always lower on the water, so it is always best to bring a sweater and jogging bottoms or cotton trousers.
If the weather should prove to be unkind, then we suggest that you bring the following:
Jogging bottoms/trousers
Thick socks
If the weather is colder please bring more clothes, it's better to have more clothes to take off than not enough to put on!!

Please note: Dress code at the Royal Ocean Racing Club for the Champagne reception and Gala Dinner is black tie for gentlemen and cocktail/evening dress for ladies.

Sleeping on board

Sunfast 40's can sleep a maximum of 6 people (including the skipper), that is 6 crew members plus the skipper and mate.

Please consider that the skipper and the mate are always entitled to have their own shared cabin.

Bedding is NOT provided on the yachts, so you will need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillows and towels.

Showers are available at Port Solent and a code number is available from Sunsail reception to gain access to these facilities.

Should you choose not to sleep onboard, you may like to contact a nearby hotel.

Hotel accommodation is limited, especially at Cowes. So, if you are going to use hotels on the island, you will need to book as soon as possible.

The Marriott, North Harbour, Portsmouth:
(Sunday night) / 023 9238 3151

The New Holmwood, 65 Queens Road, Cowes.
01983 292508

Villa Rothsay, Baring Road, Cowes:
01983 295178

Caledon Guest House
01983 293599

Travelodge, Lugley Street, Newport
0871 984 6348**

** travel to and from Newport can be difficult after midnight. (Monday night)