In a light south/south-easterly wind the second Pursuit Trophy challenge brought an enthusiastic group of sailors representing most Budworth fleets together for an exciting afternoon of very close racing.
Pursuit racing has two big advantages over a handicap race: each boat can see in front of it which one it must ‘overtake’, and each class sets off at its own start. So the ‘hare’ on this occasion was young Emma Rocke in her Topper, and the ‘hounds’ chasing her were Solos, Lasers, Snipes, GP, RS200 and a Fireball. The fickle wind at G did mean that the Topper struggled to maintain distance, and soon it was the Solos and Lasers at the front. Ted Garner held his position to win from Russell Page (Solo), Harry Brown coming third in his Laser, followed closely by John Milsom, and then Dave Nicholson. [read more...]