A sailing regatta for companies in the construction industry has raised £750 for Cowes Sailability and laid the foundation for wheelchair-accessible boating excursions during Cowes Week 2017.


Some of the largest and most successful companies in the property and construction industries in the UK have helped to raise money for Cowes Sailability Club, as participants in the Little Britain Challenge Cup 2016.  The volunteer committee of the annual Little Britain Regatta has presented £750 to the club to fund sailing and recreational boating experiences for children and adults with physical disabilities, learning difficulties and debilitating long-term conditions.

The donation will be used to charter WetWheels, a wheelchair-accessible motor catamaran, during Cowes Week 2017 and run free excursions in the Solent for disabled children and adults, as well as their families and carers.  “Sailing regattas like Cowes Week and the Little Britain Challenge bring hundreds of professional and amateur sailors to Cowes every year, to enjoy the experience of competitive sailing in the Solent,” says Cowes Sailability Club Commodore, Patrick de Peyer.  “This gift from the Little Britain Challenge will make it possible for people who face enormous challenges in their daily lives to experience the thrill of a world-class sailing regatta from the water.”

David Kong, Regatta Chairman and Marketing Director at Domus, says: “The Little Britain Challenge Cup brings together people from hundreds of companies for two days of sailing, networking and fundraising.  As we have fun on the water during the event, it is fitting for us to support those charities that make sailing and boating accessible to people with disabilities.  We are proud to support Cowes Sailability Club because it is a small charity that creates wonderful opportunities for local people on the Isle of Wight, where Little Britain takes place.”

The Little Britain Challenge Cup is based in Cowes and will next take place on 15th – 16th September 2017. It attracts over 750 crew members from companies in the construction and property industries and raises thousands of pounds for a wide range of sailing charities, including the Paralympic British Sailing Team.

Are you organising a charitable event in 2017?  Would you like to support Cowes Sailability Club at that event? Contact us and let’s make plans to work together.