The 2016 Eskimo Pursuit Race - 31st December 2016

Race Report - by Mike Preston

 

29 boats were greeted with a 9-13 knot breeze on the last day of 2016 at Blackpool and Fleetwood Yacht Club.  Andy and Chris set off flying in the Scorpion chasing the leading pack which included Chris Robinson in his Solo and John Hayes/ Poppy James in their GP14.

 

John quickly recovered a tricky situation to release his GP14 from a loose anchor line when rounding buoy No. 12.  Andy was also tided onto the same line, wrapped round his fixed rudder; where he proceeded to vault off the transom to walk the tight rope down off his rudder and flip back into the Scorpion with a display of acrobatics that would have impressed Blackpool circus.

 

Timing couldn't have been more critical as Mike Preston and David Manifold found the gears in their Flying Fifteen to set up a six boat race with only 5 minutes left on the clock against an ebbing tide and shifty winds.

 

It was Andy McKee and Chris Massey's Scorpion that popped out in front, closely followed by Mike Preston and Dave Manifold in the Flying Fifteen. John Hayes/ Poppy James gained third place in their GP14 and Chris Robinson securing fourth place in the Solo.

 

Thanks to our race officer Peter Mountain for a challenging course on the River Wyre and our sponsor's Rooster Sailing for the prizes awarded to the top 10 places.

 

Chris Robinson was the winner of the first Single Hander, Peter Jackson earned the price for first Merlin Rocket and Rob Mountain received the prize for the first Multi hull.

Result

Sail No

Class

Helm

Crew

1

2026

Scorpion

Andy McKee

Chris Massey

2

3641

Flying Fifteen

Mike Preston

David Manifold

3

14188

GP14

J Hayes

P James

4

5449

Solo

Chris Robinson

 

5

1881

Streaker

Ste Blackburn

 

6

140

RS100 8.4

Robert Richardson

 

7

1147

Supernova

Iain Wilson

 

8

1145

Supernova

Pete May

 

9

1434

Phantom

Martin Kroft

 

10

1155

RS400

Nick Holt

Derek Hill

11

133336

Laser

Malcolm Marsden

 

12

172366

Laser

Nick Powell

 

13

201073

Laser Radial

Glyn Purnell

 

14

22901

Enterprise

Paul Young

Aimee Allsopp

15

191313

Laser 4.7

Adam Din

 

16

3755

Merlin-Rocket

Peter Jackson

Andy Airnes

17

460

RS400

David Wilkinson

John Counsell

18

3493

Merlin

Michael Hamilton

Paul Reid

18

2663

Merlin-Rocket

Chris Hawarth

Jonathan Clarke

20

153779

Laser

Simon Davis

 

21

210264

Laser Radial

Joel James

 

22

1181

Osprey

Willy Crichton

Ian Horsfall

23

6924

Dart 18

Robert Mountain

David Guite

24

6558

Dart 18

Ian Brooker

Chris Pimlott

25

15035

Fireball

Stephen Jones

Sarah Edwards

26

865

Laser Vago

Christopher Lamb

 

27

13700

GP14

Ralph Haliburton-Chaplin

Adam Chaplin

28

Club

Laser 2000

Ian Wilson

Georgie Wilson

29

4878

Dart 18

K Wearing

Nigel Edmondson

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