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Sailing for St Luke's in the Eddystone Pursuit

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21 June 2017

Once again, our Haven Team entered the annual Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit in support of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, raising £804 for the charity.

Our team sailed on “Sunmist”, a Jenneau Sunshine 39, owned and skippered by Steve Kitchen (Marina Director) and crewed by Haven Masters Mark Prue and Sam Brian.

Normally, the Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit sees all boats round the famous lighthouse beyond Plymouth Breakwater. Unfortunately, the light winds made this a struggle, especially for the bigger yachts! But, once the sea breeze picked up on the return leg, we were able to build up good boat speed on Sunmist, flying the kite on the downwind return leg.

As always, the event was a great success and fantastically well-organised with a almost 70 yachts taking party, many from Plymouth Yacht Haven. Berth holders included yacht Luna which, in typical fashion, won plenty of prizes at the evening dinner at the National Marine Aquarium!

Not to be out done, our entry on Sunmist came 6th out of the 70 strong fleet and  won prizes for “3 people from same company on 1 yacht” and also “Team St Luke’s”.

A great day had by all and a fantastic event for the Plymouth’s yachting calendar.

In total, the 2017 race raised over £73,000 for charities that benefit the human condition, with over £3,300 being raised for St Luke's Hospice.

Visit the Eddystone Charity Pursuit website for the full results

Find out more about St Luke's Hospice