Little Britain Challenge Cup - Page 1

On the 8th September 2005, employees, guests and clients of COINS ventured South to Cowes, Isle of Wight to participate in the Little Britain Challenge Cup event, running from 8th to 10th September.

COINS chartered a yacht, Talisman and skipper, Simon Harwood for the four day event. Although much of the event suffered from a significant lack of wind, it is true to say that all who took part enjoyed themselves thoroughly. COINS are considering putting together a team for next year.

Our thanks go to Margaret for organising much of the detail that made this event so successful, thank you.

  COINS Team:

Larry Sullivan
John Curtis
Mike Christopher
Peter Bolton
Richard Buck
Robert Hancock
Jonathan Furness
John Sands
Mike James
Simon Harwood (skipper)
Stephen Heppell
Freddy

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John and Larry during team safety talk given by Simon (centre)
John and Larry during team safety
talk given by Simon (centre)
John Curtis, listens intently
John Curtis, listens intently
John Sands receives safety instructions
John Sands receives safety instructions
...and this berth sleeps three... two below, one on top, oo-er
...and this berth sleeps three...
two below, one on top, oo-er
The Talisman sleeps 12 at a push... we had it nice and comfortable with 5 on board
The Talisman sleeps 12 at a push..
we had it nice and comfortable with 5 on board
Another two berths, top one perfect for anyone deemed a size 8!
Another two berths, top one perfect for
anyone deemed a size 8!
Looking down, the view from the pit
Looking down, the view from the pit
Team talk over, Simon motors out of the Haslar Marina
Team talk over, Simon motors out of the Haslar Marina
past the Portsmouth Harbour...
past the Portsmouth Harbour...

John Curtis keeps us posted with the latest cricket score, this proved essential over the four days!
John Curtis keeps us posted with the latest cricket score,
despite losing a memory card, this proved essential
over the four days!

Peter Bolton and Mike Christopher contemplate the job in hand
Peter Bolton and Mike Christopher
contemplate the job in hand
Thursday evening, Stephen Heppell joins us for dinner
Thursday evening, Stephen Heppell joins us for dinner
Stephen's face says it all as we try answering some of the sailing questions...
Stephen's face says it all as we try answering
some of the sailing questions...
Mike looks on as John thinks he knows the answer, luckily for us, often he does.
Mike looks on as John thinks he knows the answer,
luckily for us, often he does. By the way, we came third!
Larry and skipper, Simon Harwood
Larry and skipper, Simon Harwood
Larry looks the part on board
Larry looks the part on board
cool and calm... so to is Larry!
cool and calm... so to is Larry!
Another LBCC competitor, though these guys were not in our class
Another LBCC competitor, though these
guys were not in our class
Unfortunately, we sat around for much of Friday waiting for more wind to start racing...
Unfortunately, we sat around for much of Friday
waiting for more wind to start racing...
... we did start, eventually, but the race was soon abondoned by the race committee
... we did start, eventually, but the race was
soon abondoned by the race committee
Friday evening cheer at the Fastnet Brasserie
Friday evening cheer at the Fastnet Brasserie
John Sands, Larry Sullivan, Richard Buck
John Sands, Larry Sullivan, Richard Buck
Jonathan Furnss, what's with the expression, Jonathan?
Jonathan Furnss, what's with the
expression, Jonathan?
Hmmm, nice food, thanks Margaret!
Hmmm, nice food, thanks Margaret!
Hey, these were a novelty, luminous 'glow in the dark' beakers
Hey, these were a novelty, luminous
'glow in the dark' beakers
Simon Harwood remained calm throughout, whilst Robert helms...
Simon Harwood remained calm throughout,
whilst Robert helms...
John Curtis, checks out the action ahead
John Curtis, checks out the action ahead
Richard relaxes on the rail as we head for home
Richard relaxes on the rail as we head for home
Mike James, Peter Bolton - great teamwork
Mike James, Peter Bolton - great teamwork
Our winch operator, John saw quite a bit of action today
Ace winch operator, John saw
quite a bit of action today

 

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Jonathan Furness, September 2005