Merson about on Boats……
Over the years at Merson Group we have enjoyed our share of corporate sailing days, bringing together clients and staff for a couple of days of fun (and slightly competitive) sailing. Thanks to his involvement with the Royal Gourock Yacht Club and being a keen sailor himself, Merson Groups Cameron Still took on the task of organising this year’s event, stepping up the competition with the introduction of the now sought after Merson Quaich.

The Royal Gourock Yacht Club has an enviable location, with stunning views over the river Clyde and Argyll hills. A club with a strong history, it’s always keen to attract new people to take part in waterside activities, making it the perfect place to host this event. Equipped for non-sailors through to the more experienced, it catered perfectly for the Merson Group Quaich. 

The day began with a warm welcome at the Royal Yacht Club, before eight teams were put together to take on the challenge. A selection of crew members plus skippers made up the teams – mixing up the experience level to try and keep things a little fair! Each team then raced six times around a course set out along the West Patch of the River Clyde. A full-on itinerary for the racers, whilst the spectators enjoyed a wonderful view from the comforts of the club balcony.

At the end of the six races, it looked like two teams had tied for first place, but only on count back did the final race provide the winner; Topek from Cumbernauld, Scotland. A fantastic victory for the Topek Team, not least because all were non-sailors. This team really took to the challenge, focusing on learning the basic skills from their Skippers along with solid team work lead them to victory - well done!

Keen to make the Merson Quaich a yearly tradition, here’s what Cameron Still had to say about this year’s event:

“Yacht racing can have so many similarities to how we carry out our working day, managing a team of people to effectively navigating through the different challenges a client may throw at us. I think it’s such a great way to bring these skills to life in a totally different way and out of the traditional work environment.

All of the crews worked well as teams and without question returned to their families having a spot of sun and wind burn, together with a massive smile after a great day on the water.

Thanks to everyone involved, now here’s to next year.”