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Excitement as Southern Sun Ikoyi hosts 2018 Offshore Challenge


It was a day filled with excitement, as tourists were left in awe by the showcase of skills and mastery of the waterways by competing Sailors of 15 colourful boats at the highly anticipated seventh edition of the Southern Sun Ikoyi Offshore Challenge, which held in Lagos.

In all of the activities witnessed by sports lovers, this year’s edition showcased a true mastery of the art and sportsmanship by sailors as they rode the waves at the keenly contested water sport event.Commenting on the event, the Vice Commodore of the Lagos Yacht Club, Julian Hardy commended Southern Sun Ikoyi for their consistent support in hosting the tournament, which brings together friends and sports lovers.

“This year’s edition was less intense as the calm weather ensured smooth sailing for the sailors compared to the previous year.” He praised participants for the competitiveness and sportsmanship displayed during the competition.Applauding the efforts of the participating teams, Mark Loxley, General Manager, Southern Sun Ikoyi, commended sailors for partaking in this year’s edition of the offshore challenge and for their resilience, which they have shown during the competition.

“Through the water sports event, Southern Sun Ikoyi continues to promote the culture of tourism and relaxation which the hotel represents whilst also assuring the Lagos Yacht Club of its continuous support as partners within its business community.”

The participating sailors competed in two categories for honours, which included the Hobbies Fleet category and the Lightning Fleet category. Winners were rewarded in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place categories, with sailors Massimo Bettanin and Will Grace emerging as 1st place winner in the Lightning Fleet category, while sailors Lynn Obray and David Kruyt took 1st place in the Hobbie Fleet category.

Delighted about their win, sailor Massimo Bettanin said, “It is always a thing of joy to compete with friends in such a tournament and it is even better when you come tops amongst colleagues. We are immensely proud of our win and hope to maintain the streak in subsequent tournaments.”

Held at the prestigious Lagos Yacht Club (LYC) founded in 1932, Southern Sun Ikoyi Offshore Challenge continues to lead as an exciting and popular attraction in the city geared at reigniting passion for the water sport, culture of relaxation and networking for the business community as it is an occasion set aside for the business community and patrons of the hotel to interact.

Concluding activities of a truly exciting experience, participants were treated to delicious canapés and fine wine alongside exciting prizes of Weekend Bed and Breakfast for two and Sunday Champagne Brunch for four all at the hotel.

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