The Silicon Cup


The IT Industry Sailing Regatta - open to experienced and novice sailors from Manufacturers, Channel Partners, Software Developers, Cloud Solutions and more. 

Who says networking can't be fun?!

No previous sailing experience is necessary. 

  • When


  • Location

    Solent - Cowes

  • Sector

    IT Industry

  • Event type

    Industry Regatta

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The Silicon Cup 2019

The Silicon Cup is the sailing regatta for the IT industry, welcoming hundreds of industry professionals to the Solent for the excitement of yacht racing combined with networking and team building. The event is a great way to get in front of potential new clients or partners, entertain key business contacts and strengthen working relations.

Entries are warmly welcomed from new teams and previous competitors - and absolutely no previous sailing experience is required.

Your entry includes the use of a fully equipped sailing yacht with professional crew who will quite literally show you and your team the ropes, so even novice sailors can confidently take part in the racing action! 

The event is organised and hosted by the IT Regatta Committee. If you aren't ready to sign up yet, but would like to receive event updates please enter your email address below:

Silicon Cup Video

"A very unique and thrilling team building event, suitable for any colleague, customer or partner. Challenging, exhilarating and thoroughly enjoyable!" - Microsoft

Event Format

The 2019 regatta takes place in September. After a full safety brief, you and your team (of up to 10 people) will enjoy two days of on-the-water action, learning the basics of sailing and competing in a number of short races against your industry partners and competitors.

Thursday evening's entertainment includes a delicious gala dinner and a charity auction, raising vital funds for the regatta's charity partners.  

Most teams opt for a full charter package from Britannia, which includes a top of the range sailing yacht, complete with the safety equipment and wet weather gear.

A qualified professional skipper and first mate provide coaching so even complete novice sailors can take part.

Register your interest for 2019

Please contact us to register your interest for the 2019 Regatta so we can reserve your yacht and discuss package details.

Email: or call us on 02380 458 900

2018 Brochure & Information

"The SIlicon Cup is a fabulous place to meet people who are in the industry, network with them, bring clients, bring business partners and bring staff along. An incredible way to team build. An incredible event." - Mark Fowle, CEO Attenda

Giving something back

One of the founding principles of the Silicon Cup is to help raise funds to support selected charities.

Previous events have raised £60,000 to a record breaking £70,000 for charity on the night of the Gala Dinner!

Read how the charities have used these donations to help improve the lives of children and young people.

Phenomenal causes making a real difference.

Making connections

Whether there is someone you'd like to do business with, would love to beat in a race or simply get to know more people within your industry - here are some companies who take part regularly.

Arrow ECS 
Avnet Technology Solutions
Catalyst IT Solutions
Coeo Ltd
Computacenter UK Ltd 
Exclusive Networks 

IOMART Group Plc
Juniper Networks & Atos
Net Evidence (2 boats)
Skyscape Cloud Services
TM Group UK Ltd
Twisted Fish

"This was our 6th regatta in a row with Britannia!! The Silicon Cup is a one of the true greats in terms of having great fun, networking, team building and learning new skills... It is a great opportunity to get stuck in and there is genuinely no previous sailing experience required. So if you are looking for something new and different for your team give the Dell EMC Silicon Cup a try! We are sure that you wont be disappointed!!" Mark Godliman Managing Director, Catalyst IT

2019 Itinerary

Thursday10:00Registration opens in Cowes
13:00Race programme starts
17:00Finish racing and moor up in Cowes, Isle of Wight
19:00Drinks reception followed by Gala Dinner in Cowes
Friday07:00Optional full English breakfast (Please purchase tickets in advance)
09:00Leave dock for day 2 racing
15:30Return to Cowes for prizegiving and afternoon tea
16:15Take high speed Red Jet service to Southampton, or sail back
Lorna ArcherEvents Director

For more information, contact our team

Postal Address

Unit A Waterside
Port Hamble Marina, Hamble 
Hampshire SO31 4PL 
United Kingdom

Phone Number

+44 (0)2380 458900

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Thank You to Our Supporting Partners

  • Dirty Dog

    Dirty Dog are the official provider of polarised eyewear to Britannia. Available to purchase at all events.

  • Helly Hansen

    The choice of professional athletes, Helly Hansen are proud to supply Britannia with the highest quality technical clothing and footwear.

  • Sailing Logic

    The UKs leading provider of race crew places for individuals and a recognised RYA Training Centre.

  • Dream Yacht Charter

    Britannia's worldwide sailing holiday partner, offering nearly 700 yachts from 40 worldwide bases.

  • Mount Gay Rum

    Mount Gay Rum will be awarded to industry regatta winners.

  • Ultrasun Professional Protection

    Ultrasun Professional Protection are proud to provide sun protection to all that sail with Britannia.

  • Solent Forts

    Solent Forts are a proud lifestyle sponsor of Britannia