Over the course of a glorious May Bank Holiday, members of the Ashwoods Electric Motors team (as well as some members of fellow Innovation Valley outfit, Lightfoot) took to the water as a boat trip was very kindly organised by the Senior Management team.

The brainchild of Managing Director, Lloyd Ash, and Engineering Sales Manager, Louis Coker, the excursion involved charting a vessel out of Port Hamble Marina for the team’s private use throughout the day.

After a fairly early start for most to get the coach from Innovation Valley to Hampshire, the team met up on the River Hamble at 09:30 and did not return to terra firma until 17:00. This being the Sunday, and therefore ‘middle day’ of the first May Bank Holiday, some of the party had partaken in festivities the previous day to the fullest extent. Therefore, the bacon sandwiches, pastries, hot drinks and orange juice available on arrival were a particularly welcome surprise!

With both a complimentary Pimms on the top deck and a safety briefing quickly dispatched, we were soon underway and enjoyed the views of the adjacent marinas, ports and countryside before reaching a designated jet ski area.

All members of the party were afforded the chance to use the jet skis which was one of the highlights of the day for many. Following this, lunch was served before a stop off to a public house near Beaulieu to rest the weary sea legs for an hour!

Back onboard after the pitstop, the boat meandered its way back towards Port Hamble, with dessert and more drinks on offer.

The weather held out on the Solent and it remained dry throughout, but there were enough rays of sunshine to punish those members of the party with fair skin and who were not as well versed in the ritual of sun protection as others. Overall, it was a hugely enjoyable day and thanks go to Lloyd and Louis for making this possible.