"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
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
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
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