This year’s Charity Pursuit, in aid of King’s Health Partnership, saw a great turn out and winds of 10mph gusting nearer to 20, so was definitely going to keep members on their toes!
The fleet was made up of around a dozen dinghies, including Comets, a Byte CII (starting a little over 5 minutes later) and a Laser (around 3 minutes after that).
First out of the blocks, the Comets made a strong start, completing a full lap before the Tony’s CII even had a look in and coming up on their second by the time the horn blew for Neil in his Laser. As the race went on, the Comets began to spread out and as Robert took a commanding lead at the head of the pack, the Byte and Laser closed in at the back, and shortly after half time Neil was rapidly eating into his 8 minute deficit, having passed the rest of the fleet once, but with less than 45 minutes to go, could he do it again?
With a little less than 30 minutes to go, Neil managed to make his was up to 4th place, the Comets looked to have a tight grip at the front and Robert showed no sign of slowing down as he extended his lead over the others. But as the clock wound down, so did their lead, as one by one Neil managed to reel them in and with less than 10 minutes to go, took first place and didn’t look back.
So congratulations to Neil, this year’s winner of the CSC Charity Pursuit!
A big thanks to DO Kathy and ADO Will for a great race, and to everyone who’s given £5 to a great cause (even if they didn’t enter the race).
It’s that time of year again when we ask members to put there hand in their pocket and pull out a fiver to enter our annual Charity Pursuit cup race, with all proceeds from this year’s race will go to the King’s Health Partners, in honour of former member John Moxom, who sadly passed away earlier this year.
There’s no excuses now that five pound notes are waterproof, so why not put one in your buoyancy aid pocket today so you don’t forget?
See you on Sunday!
That’s right, this Sunday, 25 June 2017, is our annual Charity Pursuit race.
The race will start at 10:30 and entry to the 90 minute pursuit is via a £5 per dinghy donation, so don’t forget to bring those shiny new waterproof fivers with you on the day to give to DO Richard or Phil.
Conditions are expected to be good, with temperatures in the low 20s and wind speeds of around 7mph, gusting to 12. As always, we’re limited to 14 dinghies on the lake, so be sure to get there early to avoid disappointment.
All proceeds from the race will go to RYA Sailability and/or other local sailing-related charities.
It was fantastic to see such a great turnout for our annual Charity Pursuit today.
Despite limited wind (force 1-2) at the beginning, first time racers Maria and Declan (club Picos) made excellent starts, putting themselves nearly a lap ahead by the time the Comets joined the race several minutes later, and managed to maintain their lead for several laps before finally being caught and overtaken by a breakaway group.
Tony (Byte CII) and Neil (Laser) joined a little later, but despite their valiant effort, just couldn’t close the gap on Geoff (Comet) and Phil (Comet), who were in a battle all of their own for first place.
Barely separated by more than a boat length the entire race, the dual between Geoff and Phil ran from start to finish with the lead changing hands again and again, but the defining moment came just a lap from the end when Geoff made what looked like an inspired manoeuvre to sneak past Phil on the inside at Island… only to hit the buoy! Phil took full advantage of Geoff’s 360 to win the race.
Have you made your donation?
This year’s charity is RNLI, who rely on donations to keep up their amazing work saving lives every day. So if you weren’t able to give your £5 donation to Phil (treasurer) today, don’t forget to give bring it with you next week, transfer it to the club’s bank account or click here to pay it now using PayPal (or a credit/debit card).