Spring Pursuit Racing 2021 April 11th
On a cold, blustering day with fleeting sunshine and snow occasionally being blown horizontally , 15 hardy boats braved exciting but challenging conditions in the Spring Pursuit series.
In the first race Matt Chadderton on his Topper led for much of the race but he was eventually hauled in and overtaken by Simon Fletcher and John Cookson in their GP14 for the win. Andy Allan on his Laser came in third with Craig Chadderton, Peter John and Lesley Freeman filling the other top places.
In the second race conditions became very changeable and several boats capsized in gusty winds. Once again Matt C flew away at the start and looked as if the race was his to win when a fluky gust blew him over. Despite a quick recovery he was passed by several boats and eventually finished fourth.
Andy Allan had been cruising through the fleet and eventually pipped Dave Beechey for the win. Mike Dalziel on his Laser, Craig Chadderton and Simon Fletcher and crew were the other top place finishers.
Well done to all sailors and thanks especially to Ian Davis for his stalwart efforts in a bitterly cold safety boat. Thanks also to Catherine as OOD and Mike S for his brave work in a warm Race Hut ( although the fire didn’t appear to work – Hey Ho ! )