The Bank Holiday Pursuit Race on Monday 30 May took place under grey skies in chilly conditions with a Force 3-4 northerly wind blowing. Three Lasers and a National 18 took part in the race. The boats start times were based on their handicap so the slower boats started first.
Chris Taggart started first in his Laser with a radial rig which gave him an advance of 3 minutes (half a lap’s advantage) over Nicholas Forbes and Tom James who were racing their Lasers with full sized rigs. Due to the handicap timings Doug Pope and his crew Jose Ugarte started in their National18 “One Over the Eight” 14 minutes after Chris Taggart.
The boats beat down the river to the bottom mark and then ran back up the river with the wind behind resulting in some exciting sailing. The race was finished at 12.30 with Nicholas Forbes taking first place and was on his 9th lap when the race was finished; Tom James and Chris Taggart were 2nd and 3rd respectively and were on their 8th lap and Doug and Jose were 4th.
Alan Green, Vice Commodore, and James Berry manned the patrol boat but no rescues were necessary. Angela Caldara and Race Office Rupert Fletcher managed the starting box and race timings.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the race and also to the catering team who provided an excellent ploughman’s lunch afterwards.
(This report was written by Rupert Fletcher. the OOD).