Eskimo Pursuit Race 2018

Light North-Easterly winds and drizzle greeted the competitors for the 57th Eskimo pursuit race on 23rd December. We would like to thank event sponsors Marine Supplies Direct (www.marinesuppliesdirect.co.uk) for their support, and providing gift vouchers for the prize-winners.

We had a good entry of 33 boats, which included several very good sailors from the North West. The start was delayed by approximately 20 minutes to give the early starters a better chance against the tide in the light F2 wind.

over cast and drizzling rain on early Sunday morning 23rd December for the Eskimo pursuit race this being the 57th year Blackpool & Fleetwood Yacht Club have hosted the event Sponsored this year by our local Marine Suppliers Direct, with competitors arrived bright and early for a 10:05 start. The race officer postponed the race due to tide and lack of wind thus ensuring the 32 boats got a fair race.

 

Course for the day was as follows:-  No. 3S, No. 6S, No.12P, No.9S No.11S and No.1S

Five GP14s lined up for the first start with Christian Birrel /Geoff Edwards,  Matt Mee/Chris Robinson  & Hugh / Nick Devereux all hovering on the line with inches to spare. With the fleet underway,  all hogged the shore to first mark (No 3) dodging the tide and gaining the advantage with the local back eddy as Matt and Chris take the early lead.  Steve Blackburn from West Lancs in Streaker 1881 started 1 minute later, then following the Enterprise start we had five lasers all on the line. The OOD needed to ask for a second pair of eyes to witness the Lasers starting, but no-one was over.

 

The Flying Fifteens comprised the largest fleet with eight boats, the majority from  B&FYC and one visitor.  Once again there was a clean start, with Mike Preston & Hannah Robinson getting the best start.  There were four Merlin Rockets, including 2012 Olympic Medallist Stuart Bithell with Katherine Kimber crewing. All four Merlin Rockets made a clean start , however both were over the line and had to return to the start. The final boat to start was the Norfolk Punt of Colin & Olly Murray from Ullswater.

 

 

As the race progressed Matt and Chris were able to establish a substantial lead with Steve Blackburn in 2nd place up and till the last minute whereby Chris Pickles managed to over haul Steve to take second place, with Stuart and Katherine in 4th place.

Results from 57th Eskimo race sponsored by Marine Supplies Direct

Position

Class

Sail no

Helm

Crew

Club

1

GP14

14023

Matt Mee

Chris Robinson

Burghfield/B&FYC

2

RS400

1283

Chris Pickles

Mark Lunn

Southport

3

Streaker

1881

Steve Blackburn

 

West Lancs

4

Merlin Rocket

3755

Stuart Bithell

Katherine Kimber

Hollingworth

5

GP14

14201

Hugh Devereux

Nick Devereux

Budworth

6

Merlin Rocket

3678

Steve Crook

Will Smith

Hollingworth

7

Norfolk Punt

94

Colin Murphy

Olly Murphy

Ullswater

8

Scorpion

2042

Andy McKee

Charlotte Greenhalgh

Dovestones

9

Laser

212459

Garry Knott

 

Pennine

10

GP14

14188

John Hayes

Joel James

Southport

11

Flying Fifteen

3641

Mike Preston

Hannah Robinson

B&FYC

12

Laser

182219

Malcolm Marsden

 

B&FYC

13

Laser

 

David Wilkinson

 

B&FYC

14

Laser Radial

213074

Stephen Roberts

 

West Lancs

15

Enterprise

22901

Paul Young

Aimee Allsop

Midland SC

16

Merlin Rocket

3622

Chris Haworth

Jonathan Bullen

B&FYC

17

GP14

14230

Ralph Haliburton-Chaplin

Adam Chaplin

B&FYC

18

Laser

215231

Keith Crebbin

 

B&FYC

19

Laser

172366

Nick Powell

 

B&FYC

20

Flying Fifteen

2463

John Thornley

Megan Thornley

Ullswater

21

Merlin Rocket

36

Alan Barton-Roberts

Alex Pilkington

Gresford/Bolton

22

RS200

1526

Adam Din

Olivia Zuniga

Hollingworth

23

Phantom

1229

Steve Norris

 

Red Wharfe Bay

24

Phantom

1414

Dave Smith

 

Hollingworth

25

Flying Fifteen

3414

Jonathan Clarke

Andrew Warrington

B&FYC

26

Flying Fifteen

3622

Robert Mountain

Victoria Manifold

B&FYC

27

Flying Fifteen

3732

Ian Hockey

Val Hockey

B&FYC

28

RS400

1210

Martin Knott

Jon Schofield

Ribble

29

Flying Fifteen

3602

Paul Reid

John Wildman

B&FYC

30

Flying Fifteen

3622

Peter Mountain

David Guite

B&FYC

31

Flying Fifteen

3561

Andy Riches

Andy Cuddon

B&FYC

32

Laser 2000

 

Chris Lamb

Frank Mundy

B&FYC

DNF

GP14

13737

Christian Birrel

Geoff Edwards

 

The 2019 - 58th Eskimo Pursuit race is scheduled 29th December starting at 11:50hrs

As in previous years, the clubhouse will be open throughout for those who prefer to be indoors, with food and drinks available.

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