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The 18th Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit

Spinnakers and fundraising in the 2019 Eddystone Pursuit

03 July 2019

The annual Eddystone Charity Pursuit was blessed by stunning sailing weather for 2019 as over 60 boats took part in the 26nm sail around Eddystone Lighthouse.

The pursuit, which raises money for charities that benefit the human condition, allows boats to fundraise for the charity of their choice and then compete for further sponsorship funds. Participating boats ranged from a 96ft topsail schooner to a 16ft Hawk!

Over £60,000 was raised this year for charities with the Plymouth Yacht Haven team raising £1,050 for our chosen charity, St Luke's Hospice. That brings the Pursuit's total fundraising efforts to over £800,000 in 18 years.

We were delighted to be joined by 20 berth holders from Plymouth Yacht Haven - which goes to show how many boaters will rise to the challenge and what an high calibre of sailors are berthed with us! Congratulations to Ashley Crawford from SY Mischief who took home the trophy for 'first Yacht Haven boat home', and the 'first boat home overall'.

At the evening prizegiving at the National Marine Aquarium, we were surprised and honoured to be presented with the event's most prestigious award, the Eleanor Creeke Award for the 'Spirit of the Event'. Marina Director Steve Kitchen and several members of the Yacht Haven team were on hand to accept the award from BBC presenter Andy Breare.

Notable award winners:

  • Sponsorship Award for most money raised - SY Syzgy raising money for The Island Trust
  • All-Ladies Trophy presented by Plymouth Yacht Haven - SY Fluency raising money for Horizons
  • All Spars Trophy for first boat home - SY Mischief raising money for Plym Cadets
  • Yacht Haven Trophy for first Yacht Haven boat home - SY Mischief raising money for Plym Cadets
  • Overall winner - SY Lucent raising money for Horizons.

See more photos and results at www.eddystonepursuit.com