Over 60 boats took to the water as part of the annual Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit raising a whopping £78,000 for charity!
The 26mile pursuit race gets underway with a staggered start according to boat classifications. The slowest boats depart first before the faster boats try to 'chase' down their slower counterparts. The fleet sail out of Plymouth Sound to the Eddystone lighthouse before crossing the finish line off Mount Batten Breakwater.
Plymouth Yacht Haven was represented with staff sailing on-board 'Sunmist' while raising money for St Luke's Hospice. Commenting on the race, Sunmist skipper and Plymouth Yacht Haven Marina Manager Steve Kitchen said, "The pursuit brings together such a wide range of boats and competitors. Novice sailors, experienced sailors, charity boats, classic boats, modern boats - everyone sails together in great spirits and it is a fantastic spectacle for Plymouth!".
A further 'prize pot' of £18,000 charitable funds, donated by the Eleanor Creeke Charitable Settlement, is distributed between the competitors' chosen charities with money allocated based on sailing performance and fundraising efforts. In addition, awards are handed out to certain competitors with the Plymouth Yacht Haven Trophy won by SY Luna (first Plymouth Yacht Haven boat home), raising funds for the Polycystic Kidney Disease.
The Eddystone Pursuit has been running since 2002 with boats sailing on behalf of charities "that benefit the human condition". Including the 2016 fundraising, the total sum raised by this event is over £612,000!
Well done to everyone who took part in the 2016 edition - see you on Saturday 17th June 2017.
From the Haven Team: A big thank you to the Mount Batten Boat House for their support getting SY Sumist ready for the race. Various leaks, last-minute antifouling and bending the genoa ensured getting Sunmist to the start-line would be more challenging that the race itself. With everyone pulling together, Sunmist sailed superbly averaging 7.32knots and fininshing in under four hours. Being one of the later boats to set off in the sequence of starts, the Plymouth Yacht Haven team crewed admirably overtaking a number of smaller boats while holding off the faster/bigger boats who got underway later.