The fun and frantic chase around the Solent to raise funds for your favourite charities, followed by the prize giving, barbecue and music, to which everyone is welcome.
Saturday 10th June 2017
The first group of yachts set off at 1000, with Kevin Raine’s SALT HEART (raising money for The British Heart Foundation) over first. All yachts were clear of the line by just after 1100 and they all made the most of a favourable wind out towards the Nab Tower. Much banter ensued as the fleet got under way (one of the prizes is for ‘best banter on the radio’) though there were some who thought this an opportunity to hone their narration skills. Crews also made great efforts to go for the ‘best-dressed yacht and crew’ prize as they crossed the start line.
The first yacht to cross the finish line was Martin Ruks’ Arcilaria RC1 FORTISSIMO (raising money for the Rona Trust) with an elapsed time of 2 hours, 49 minutes and 48 seconds. This time will be hard to beat but, as the rest of the fleet complete the course, their elapsed time will be adjusted to Corrected Time when their handicap is applied.
All in all, a great day out. Sam Cassell from the sponsor Boatshed.com, who watched the action on board Steve Tyas’ motor cruiser KING’S RANSOME, said “ What a fantastic way to have fun, while raising money for your favourite charity and enjoying the Solent on such a beautiful day.”
A Pursuit, as its name implies, is NOT a race as such. It is, however, an opportunity to test the mettle of your boat against others. This is achieved by boats starting in groups, smallest first, with the aim of finishing at about the same time. The course will be decided nearer the time but might well be round the Nab Tower and back.
Prize-Giving and Crew Party
After the Pursuit, the prize-giving party was held at Hornet Services Sailing Club, who kindly hosted the event. The Gosport Challenge Cup was awarded to the vessel with the highest accumulated points and additional prizes (e.g. best-dressed crew, youngest crew, oldest crew, most money raised for charity, etc) for other aspects of the Pursuit.
Charities and Community Projects
The more money you raise for your chosen charity, the more points you score!
Gosport Marine Futures Gosport Marine Scene, the organisers of the Pursuit, have developed a programme for aspiring youngsters called ‘Gosport Marine Futures’. This programme funds youngsters who show an interest in marine-related activities but need funding to pursue their aspirations. The aim is to raise more money to fund this ambitious and innovative programme.
There are over 160,000 registered charities in UK. Participants are encouraged to choose their preferred charity but, if you don’t have one, here are some suggestions:
Suggested locally based charities
- Gosport Voluntary Action
- Harbour Cancer Support Centre
- Jacobs Well Care Centre
Suggested locally based sail training charities
- Discovery Sailing Project
- Little Brig Trust
- Marine Society and Sea Cadets
- Portsmouth Sailing Trust
- Ocean Youth Trust South
Suggested military-related charities
- Army Benevolent Fund
- Help For Heroes
- Royal British Legion
- Royal Naval Association
- RN & RM Charity
Some of the most popular national charities
- Macmillan Cancer Support
- The British Red Cross Society
- Breast Cancer Care