Event is a huge fundraising success


The annual Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit attracted 73 yachts last Saturday and raised more than £40,000.

The 25-mile pursuit race, which starts in Plymouth before heading round a buoy near Eddystone lighthouse (pictured) and back, is the self-proclaimed ‘most successful charity fixture in the South West yachting calendar’ as each year it raises more money charity.

This year the Horizons Children’s Sailing Trust, the RNLI and the Island Trust benefited most from the event, receiving £8,634, £8,081 and £6,440 respectively.

Prizes were awarded for various reasons such as who demonstrated true spirit and raised the most money.

The RNLI’s yacht Sixpence won the overall race with every yacht finishing before the light faded.

Organiser Julia Creeke said: ‘The pursuit is a tremendously successful event which continually generates a staggering amount for charitable causes by ordinary sailors who normally steer clear of racing buoys.’

The event will be held on Saturday 20 July next year.

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