DIARY: Soho lubbers make waves on the Solent in Inter Agency Race

"Ahoy, me hearties!" was the rallying cry as Soho took to the

Solent and practiced their slip knots and spinnaker control for the 14th

Inter Agency Yacht Race.



Warriors daubing on warpaint in aid of Helen House, a hospice for

children, included Initiative Media, Ogilvy & Mather, Roose & Partners,

D'Arcy, the IPA, Channel 4, Reader's Digest, Lewis Silken, TBWA/GGT

Direct, sponsors Kingston Smith and title sponsors

madforsailing.com.



Despite the gale force eight winds and 14-foot waves thatgreeted our

intrepid townies, the weather was forgotten as everyone piled into the

Royal Corinthian Yacht Club for a slap-up dinner. The poor bar staff

were kept up as the well 'ards from Channel 4 proved to be the last men

standing - not by choice, but their skirt-chasing hadn't managed to

deliver. "They were ruthless in their quest for female sailor company,"

giggled one observer.



"But they were too old." Ouch.



Still, in the next day's bright sunshine, Reader's Digest scooped the

grand prize. Channel 4 steamed in at second place, with D'Arcy scoring a

respectable third.



Despite coming in 4th, the IPA wasn't noted for its sailing ability, but

for its totty. "Oooh, there were five lovely girls," one observer said

drooling lasciviously. Put that tongue away, man.



The lobster award for most useless team went to Kingston Smith. "Thanks

very much - I've always wanted to win something", skipper John West

blustered gamely.



The evening saw teams penning ditties to commemorate the auspicious

occasion. Skipper Mike Tunnicliffe proved he's the man for rousing

double entendres with his winning limerick, "Barry's Big Wood", in

homage to organiser, Barry Pritchard, of The Planning Partnership.



Yes, "Oh Barry's no fool, plenty of girls to swing on his tool. He

showed them his boom, isn't he good with his big wood", just about set

the tone.



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