Yachting teams from general insurers Zurich and Aioi of Europe were pipped to the winning post by life company Scottish Equitable in the fourth annual Ward Evans Regatta.

The Scots life company claimed its first ever victory in the race, held in the choppy waters of the Solent.

Nine yachts, recently used in the BT Global Challenge around the world race, entered the competition and were crewed by a mix of clients, insurance company staff and professional sailors.

Ward Evans chief executive Mike Kenney was among the first to congratulate the Scottish Equitable crew, skippered by Duncan Singer.

“Team Scottish Equitable were at times inspired and thoroughly deserved their success, “ he said.

“Although conditions were challenging, thankfully there were no casualties and we lost no one overboard.”