The 25th Anniversary Legal Cup was marked by champagne sailing conditions and a fantastic atmosphere both on the water and ashore!
19 yachts from leading legal firms including Ashurst, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields, FieldFisher, Herbert SmithFreehills, Linklaters, MacFarlanes and Sidley Austin as well as the Bar Yacht Club, Chris Parker QC and event sponsors Ricoh took part in the Legal Cup 2015.
Greeted with sunshine and a steady breeze, the teams met their skippers for an on-board safety brief and practice sail on Saturday morning. Most of the companies have competed before such as MacFarlanes; one of their crew commented “This was my 9th year racing for the same company at this fantastic regatta.”
However, many of the invited sailing crew changes each year – so for a large number of the crews, this was their first ever sailing experience. So crew training is incorporated into the morning schedule. After pausing for lunch the race committee hoisted the flag and blew the horn, marking the start of the afternoon race sequence.
Perfect sailing conditions allowed for three races on Saturday and a 4th on Sunday, each of which were hotly contested and the marina at the end of the day was full of banter and friendly rivalry!
To ensure exciting racing, the competing yachts are divided into two groups, based on their size, speed and sailing handicap. Both groups enjoyed competing in all 4 races.
After racing, Saturday evening the teams whole-heartedly entered the spirit of the silver masquerade themed gala dinner. A raffle and auction raised valuable funds for Sail 4 Cancer before the teams danced the night away.
Racing Class 1
Allen & Overy on the Beneteau First 40 ‘Tarka II’ won all four races therefore winning Racing Class 1, retaining their trophy from last year and fighting off Field Fisher who were on their heels throughout the regatta.
Allen & Overy described the Legal Cup as “A fantastic event to unite the Legal Community – there’s just nothing else like it and I look forward to it enormously every year.”
One of the two Linklaters’ teams on the Beneteau First 40 Arthur managed to fight off Field Fisher and secure second place on one of the races, but otherwise settled for a well deserved third place.
Racing Class 2
In Racing Class 2, Mikado the privately owned yacht entered by Bar Yacht Club won every race and won the entire Legal Cup overall. The team use the Legal Cup as a way to recruit new sailors into their yacht club and what a great introduction to sailing it was!
The second placed yacht X-ToSea was also entered by Bar Yacht Club and event sponsors Ricoh, the global technology had mixed results but claimed a third place finish overall.
Clifford Chance didn’t make it onto the podium but added “Great team, great fun! The Legal Cup is a must for anyone associated with the Legal Industry who wants to get afloat.”
New teams are actively welcomed and the only requirement is that your firm works in or as a specialist supplier to the legal sector. No sailing experience is required and you can either charter a yacht or bring your own if you have access to one.
Entries are now open for 2016 which will take place on May 14-15.