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).