Wi-Manx success at Royal Manx Show

Thousands attended the Royal Manx Show 2014 and Wi-Manx – newcomers to the event; certainly put their own unique stamp on the annual festivity this year.

Celebrating all that is Manx, the local provider ran an iPad Mini colouring competition which saw kids of all ages draw their favourite thing about the Isle of Man – this gained an amazing 320 entries and the winner will be announced on the Wi-Manx Facebook page.

With free loom banding for kids, hundreds of cups of free tea and coffee kindly donated by Douglas based CuppaCo.com and plenty of other activities for everyone to enjoy, Wi-Manx certainly made an impression on show goers.

Joe Hughes said of the two day event:

“We really wanted to make a point of having a big space at this wonderful occasion. Focusing on children’s activities and offering complimentary tea and coffee for the adults was a great way to engage with local visitors and families alike.

We were keen to make sure those that stopped by our marquee had a great experience courtesy of Wi-Manx and our team were on hand to offer guidance, answer questions and we even had a few on the spot sign ups. I’ve had lots of messages from customers and friends saying what a great effort we made and we’ll definitely be back next year.”

On the Saturday Wi-Manx shared some of their marquee space with ‘The Big Beat’ a fundraising initiative aimed to raise money for the Hospice. With donations made by visitors and kids having fun with the public drum kit in the play area, Wi-Manx kindly added to what was collected and donated a further £1,000 to the cause. Donation for Big Beat

Andy James from The Big Beat said of the donation “A big thanks to Wi-Manx for supporting The Big Beat for Hospice and their donation has taken our total to over £7,500! We’d also like to thank all of their team for their help at the Royal Show.”

As well as over three hundred kids entering the iPad Mini colouring competition, over 430 adults signed up to win an iPad, a competition that you can still enter on their Facebook page.

To make a donation to the Big Beat page, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/BBFH.

Wi-Manx attending ICE Totally Gaming 2013

Wi-Manx will be in attendance at this years ICE Totally Gaming 2013 expo that is being held at London’s ExCeL centre. ICE Totally Gaming is the largest, most comprehensive and international b2b gaming exhibition in the world.

Wi-Manx will be in attendance on the Isle of Man Government stand. Feel free to drop by and discuss your requirementsbusiness with our experienced staff.

If you would like to arrange a meeting at the ICE Totally Gaming Expo, please get in touch. E-mail hosting@wimanx.com or call +44 1624 641188

Wi-Manx Ramsey Regatta 2011

The Manx Sailing & Cruising Club was pleased to host the Wi-Manx Regatta over the weekend in Ramsey Bay.

The weather forecast was patchy to say the least with showers and Force 5, Gusts Force 7 on the Saturday and much worse to follow on the Sunday. With this in mind our OOD, Neil Boyes, decided to set a schedule of four races on the Saturday and two on Sunday.

A smallish fleet of ten dinghies set out to race, many of the regulars either training or saving themselves for coming National or International Regattas. The conditions were much better than predicted, showers only lasting minutes and the wind mostly in the range of NW Force 3 to 4 with only the odd spicy gust.

For the first race a ‘P’ course was set with the purpose of evening out the differences between rigs, Asymetric reaching speed versus Symetrical Spinnakers and Single-Handers running speed. After a possibly over-enthusiastic/excitable first start which saw a couple of starters recalled it was Ralph Kee in his Laser (Full Rig) that made it to the front to the fleet on corrected time with Dave and Emily Batchelor following in second. Uncharacteristically, Mick Kneale in his National 18 with crew Donald and Phil, were down in 6th place… just getting their eye in!

Race 2, a windward/leeward course which should, and did, favour the Symetrical Spinnakers (the only one being the sole National 18) and Single-Handers ie Lasers, which took the first four places.

Race 3 was again a ‘P’ course and with everyone now well warmed up Andrew Dean and crew, got the win on corrected time with Mick second and Dave third.

Race 4, a triangular course was set to test the speed machines with Asymetrical rigs and this was proved by Dave Batchelor taking first and Andrew Dean third, split by the ever consistent Mick Kneale in his National 18.

The racing on Sunday with a gale warning in force was cancelled so with four races held and no discards the eventual winner was Mick Kneale. Dave and Emily Batchelor held on for second and Andrew Dean was third.

Racing was extremely close, on corrected time both Mick and Dave finished on the same points and were only separated by ‘count-back’.

Best junior was Michael Moore sailing a Laser 4.7 which must have been challenging in the conditions for a relative newcomer. “Mr Cool” prize has to go to Angus Jolly sailing his RS 600, no-one could fail to be impressed when passed by a boat going at more than twice your speed!

Many thanks to Wi-Manx for very kindly sponsoring this event, Neil Boyes for officiating as OOD, rescue boat drivers and the ladies of the club for providing a superb Regatta Tea.

Results
1st Mick Kneale
2nd Dave Batchelor
3rd Andrew Dean
4th Simon Pressley
5th Mike Pridham
6th Ralph Kee
7th Rob Cowell
8th Angus Jolly
9th Michael Moore
10th R Cave