This year’s Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit yielded yet another successful fundraising event for The Island Trust, generating a fantastic £16,627.  Saturday 17 June dawned a beautiful day with clear blue skies, but as is often the case on days like this, there was very little wind.  After a very early start and much activity raising the sails the boats made slow progress to the breakwater and those boats able to get ahead picked up more breeze further out to sea, but not enough to get out to the Eddystone lighthouse in good time, so the event organisers took the decision to shorten the course to 18 nautical miles, with the turning mark 9 miles south of Plymouth at the hydrographic buoy.  Nevertheless we all had a thoroughly enjoyable time, and spirits were kept high with copious cups of tea and coffee, bacon roll breakfast, Chunk of Devon pasties for lunch, and homemade cake for tea.

Eddystone Tectona

Thank you to the crew who joined us on board Pegasus and Tectona, and well done to Pegasus for successfully completing the course. However despite Tectona’s best efforts, and the crew having had some reasonably decent sailing, they elected to retire from the race and diverted to Cawsand in the afternoon for some recreation time, re-joining Pegasus on her return to the marina.

Special thanks go to our operations manager Tom Walker and his three generation team, sailing with his father James and young son Barney on Araminta of Hythe, and to Terry Knapp and his crew on Nouka.

Afterwards we attended the evening supper and prize-giving at The National Marine Aquarium where participants were presented with a memento of the day and the results declared. We are proud to announce that The Island Trust won the Sponsorship Award for the most raised, adding £500 to our prize monies.  This is how we did:

£13,088.87    Pegasus and Tectona
£     462.50    Araminta of Hythe
£  1,167.50    Nouka
£  1,908.23    Prize monies
£16,627.10

We thank you all very much for enabling us to continue to support hundreds of deserving young people annually, many of whom are disadvantaged and disabled.

If you would like to join us next year, the date for your diary is Saturday 23 June 2018.  Please get in touch if you would like us to reserve you a place or if you would like to find out more about entering your own boat.