- 14 Sep 2015
Retail Assist sail to victory!
We celebrated a great success on the Solent last week, as we scooped the gold medal at our annual sailing event. Each year, we head south for a few days to spend time with our great customers, and enjoy a fun but physical day sailing together.
This year was slightly different, bringing competition to the event! Our hardware support partners, Vista Retail Support, and old colleagues, Cybertill, joined us on the Solent for an exciting 3 boat race.
Our clients from various retail & hospitality brands, including Starbucks, Mint Velvet, East and Anthony Nichols Group, put on their branded RA team tops and caps, and took to the sailing boat after a quick team-talk by our favourite skipper Jono from Blue Box Sailing.
It was a beautiful day in Southampton, with optimum conditions for sailing and a nice wind to get us going!
RA had gold in their sights, but Vista and Cybertill also had a couple of seasoned sailors.
We spent the morning training with the professional crew to prepare ourselves for the racing. After lunch we put the training into practice as the three Clipper 60s came together for a match race through the Solent.
We all had the chance to try everything from working on the foredeck for sail hoists, to taking the wheel to steer.
The race was fast-paced, and a last ditch attempt by Vista resulted in a very close finish, but RA made it over the line in 1st place ahead of Vista in 2nd, and Cybertill in 3rd.
Our men took a well-earned rest, before a further 2 smaller races on the Solent.
Well done to Team RA! Our relationships with our customers are very special, and we’d like to thank the clients that attended, and used their strength to help us sail to victory!
We’re already looking forward to next year’s sailing. Our next client event will take place this Christmas.
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