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Crystal Ski Holidays entered two sailing teams in the Solent Challenge 2017 - an event for Disability Snowsport UK off Portsmouth coast. NEW

The fundraising event took place on 31st August under perfect weather conditions with the HMS Queen Elizabeth looking over.

15 yachts - each with a team of 10 - set sail in the charity competition.

Crystal's two teams were the Supersailors and The Reely Nauti Crew.

Crystal Ski HolidaysCrystal Ski Holidays

CrystalThe Reeli Nauti Crew

Sir Steve Redgrave also participated in a team of British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) sailors.

The day started with a crash course in sailing before setting sail on the Sunsail 40-foot yachts. 

Each crew mate had a task from skipper, first mate, to sail hoist or winch, and help balance the boat and steer.

During the second match there was a man overboard from a competitor boat and a collision (or was there?) with a Doom Bar boat.

The "highpoint of the day", one Crystal participant commented, was the two huge container ships the regatta was in the way of.

Regatta vs container shipRegatta vs container ship

The Crystal teams raised £3,600 for the charity, coming in 7th and 8th position.

DSUK will be running the challenge again in 2018.

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