MISTRAL’S ROYAL APPOINTMENT
This week Portsmouth played host to the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and Sea Cadets Annual Royalist Regatta, where a number of teams from supporter organisations come together to race 16, identical 37 foot Sunsail yachts in the Solent.
For the first time this year, Mistral Group sponsored a yacht and had the privilege of having an extra special member of crew on board, when asked if they would host His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex for the racing. From the start it was apparent that HRH was a keen sailor and would be helming for the day, with the assistance of an experienced tactician, that had been brought in to advise on the local conditions around Portsmouth. The balance of the crew was made up of Simon Fawcett and Steve Low from Mistral with three of Simon’s close friends, all business leaders in the North West.
After a close days racing, Team Mistral, finished a creditable fourth, having been narrowly pipped at the post by the Royal Navy for a debut podium finish. The event was a fantastic success and raised a large amount of much needed funds for the two organisations.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is Mistral’s chosen charity for 2010. Since it began in 1956, the Award has been dedicated to the personal development of young people from all backgrounds. With the widest reach of any UK youth charity, 275,000 young people (30,000 are from disadvantaged backgrounds) undertake inspiring DofE programmes to achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards every year. To date it has helped 4 million people in the UK, thanks to over 120 sister organisations, 2 million internationally. It’s commitment, efforts and results were recognised in 2006, during the award’s 50th Anniversary, when her Majesty the Queen granted it Royal Charter status.