Gosport Charity Pursuit
After a superb day on the water in the Eastern Solent with a fresh south westerly breeze, the 17 competing yachts in the 2018 Gosport Charity Pursuit raised the impressive sum of £8,500 for their chosen charities, with over £2000 going towards the Gosport Marine Futures bursary programme.
The sailing was both challenging and exhilarating for many of the yachts' crew. The staggered start times saw the smallest yachts starting at 10am and the fastest at 11.30am. This system proved extremely successful as RABBIT, an Evolution 22, was the first to cross the finish line just 14 seconds ahead of ASSASSIN, a Prima 38. With one or two exceptions, the whole fleet had crossed the finish line within 20 minutes of each other.
The overall winner of the event, with the highest accumulated points was JUKE BOX, skippered by Chris Copeland. This win means JUKE BOX will retain the Gosport Challenge Cup for its second year. In addition to coming 3rd on the water, they also raised over £1,300 for the Sherborne branch of the RNLI.
Caroline Dineage, MP for Gosport, presented the cup with a prize of a lift-out, scrub-off and re-launch at Endeavour Quay, sponsored by Premier Marinas. JUKE BOX is dry-sailed from Cowes, so they generously donated their prize to fellow competitor and Gosport Marina berth holder BOMBARDIER, a Halberg Rassy 34.
The 2019 Gosport Charity Pursuit is due to be held on the 15th June next year. For more information and details of how to enter please visit the Gosport Marine Scene website for updates.
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