BSS Industrial celebrates sailing success at third annual Challenge Cup

BSS Industrial has welcomed over one hundred guests including suppliers and customers to its annual ‘BSS Challenge Cup’. The event took place between the 7th and 9th of July and saw 15 teams from around the UK race around the Solent on luxury ‘Oceanis 37’ yachts.

Following a practice sailing session on the first day and an evening of live music and networking over a BBQ and hog roast, the teams took to the water after a slight delay due to the force eight winds that were blowing. Despite the continued high winds, race day was a resounding success with the boat sponsored by IBP Conex sailing over the finish line to take first place. Crewed by David Odlin from IBP Conex, Ged Hunter, BSS Maidstone Branch Manager, four key customers and an experienced skipper, the team gladly stepped up to take the top trophy.  Following in hot pursuit were the Geberit team who took home the runner-up award.

Frank Elkins, Managing Director for BSS Industrial said:
“The BSS Challenge Cup provides the perfect opportunity to catch up with contacts and build new relationships with suppliers and customers. Race day was a massive test of endurance and skill, both for the experienced and the novice sailors. The wind definitely added a certain adrenaline rush to an already exciting race this year. Despite the strong winds, spirits remained high and there was plenty of strong competition between the teams. It was a great occasion to spend some time with our customers and we hope they had a memorable experience. We would like to thank each of them for taking part and our suppliers for their support, as the event wouldn’t have been possible without them.”

The event was drawn to a spectacular close with a four course dinner and award giving ceremony followed by an evening of funfilled karaoke. The annual charity raffle raised a total of £3,075 for BSS Industrial’s nominated charity, Rainbow Trust, which provides support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.

Sponsors of the 2011 BSS Industrial Challenge Cup were: Crane, Durapipe, Flamco, Geberit, George Fischer, Grundfos, IBP Conex, ISG, Marla, Metsec, Mueller, Pegler Yorkshire, Polypipe, Wilo and Yorkshire Copper Tube.

For more information on BSS Industrial log on to or call 0116 262 3232. BSS Industrial is part of The BSS Group Ltd, a market leading distributor to specialist trades.

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