Can I enter any yacht?
Yes you can provided it is suitably equipped to sail offshore (Equivalent to Cat. C) and must be capable of reefing, have an engine (preferably inboard) and a keel. It must also be capable, under reasonable weather conditions, of completing the course within 8 hours.
Can I enter a small keel boat?
The organisers reserve the right to refer any entry to the Sailing Officer for scrutiny and determination of suitability to enter, especially smaller yachts whose entry will automatically be referred. In the event that the boat is entered by a ‘recognised’ sailing establishment the entry must come covered by their own risk assessment and safety provision for the event.
Can I enter a dinghy?
The short answer is ‘NO’.
Can I select my own charity?
Yes, provided it ‘benefits the human condition’ and has a Registered Charity Number. One boat - one charity.
Where do I enter?
You can enter online via the Registration button on this web site.
When do I enter?
See “SCHEDULE” on this website Remember there is also a 3-Boat Team event and the 341 challenge for the Smeaton Trophy. There are bonus points for early entry!
Is there a restriction on crew numbers?
No, but since this event goes offshore you need to be aware of their capabilities for the conditions anticipated.
I have never raced before!
This is NOT a race but a ‘Fun Chase’ sailed under the International Colregs – no knowledge of racing rules needed!
How long is the course?
It is a simple course of 26 miles sailed within the area indicated on the ‘About - The Course’ section of this site. The course selected depends on the expected weather conditions on the day.
When will I know my start time?
Some entrants and crew do not live nearby so knowing their start time means they can plan ahead. As Start Times are dependent on the weather and the type of yachts that are sailing, which changes every year, start times are usually available via the website from the Thursday before the event. Typically, start times are from 8.15-10 with a few yachts heading out earlier, and later.
Do I have to attend the Skipper’s Briefing
If the Skipper cannot attend they should send a crew member as Health and Safety are key. At the Skipper’s Briefing the final course will be confirmed and weather conditions advised plus it is a chance to provide final sponsorship at the sign-in, pick up the red ‘Eddystone Pursuit lighthouse’ squares and ask any other questions. You can sign in for other yachts but are deemed responsible for keeping them informed.
You can confirm whether you are eligible for the Smeaton - 3 or more sailing on one yacht for the same company, for the Plymouth Yacht Haven and Mayflower Marina Trophies (only if you berth there regularly not just for the event) and the ‘PYH All Female Trophy’.
Do I need to raise sponsorship in order to take part?
Yes, minimum of £100 but for late entry it is £150. Within normal entry date min. £100/per boat for 3-boat Team Event.
Can I win a monetary prize?
Your nominated charity will receive a part of the Prize Pot depending on how many sailing and sponsorship points you amass and how early you entered. You might even be awarded one of the discretionary prizes awarded on the day and both the 3-Boat Team event and the 341 Smeaton Trophy also have Prize Money.
ALL the prize money you win goes (is sent directly) to your charity.
Are there any conditions or rules of entry?
Yes, they are clearly stated on the Entry Form and must be read and agreed to. See “T & Cs and LEGAL LIABILITIES”
What is the Prize Giving and Supper ?
Thanks to the National Marine Aquarium, after the Pursuit, entrants meet in the Eddystone Hall, NMA, for the Prize Giving ceremony. A light supper is also available, by prior purchase of tickets only. It is hoped that a representative from many boats will be there. However, supper tickets and space generally is limited so please restrict visitors to 3-4 per yacht.
Purchase of Supper tickets is made through this website (see 'Home Page' 'Supper Ticket' red button) and you choose your preferred table/seat at that time. You do not have to purchase Supper tickets to come to the Prize Giving, but tables are for those eating only. There is a bar throughout but minimal additional seating.
Where Supper tickets are purchased for the Shark Hall, please be aware that you will need to move into the main Eddystone Hall to see the Prize Giving. The Shark Hall is quieter but only has access to the Eddystone Hall via a tunnel.
Before the supper, every boat is presented with a keepsake. After the supper, prizes are announced. Some prizes are in the form of a Trophy (to be kept for one year), other prizes are a monetary donation, which is made directly to the charity (as part of the Prize cheque) by the Pursuit Treasurer.
The approximate timing of the evening is:-
7.30 pm Keepsakes given to each Yacht who started and is attending the Prize Giving
8.00 pm Supper.
9.00 pm Prize Giving - if you cannot join us for Supper, you are welcome to come to the Prize Giving
The various prizes are detailed in the 'Prizes' section. The prize list will be put up on the website soon after the event (accessible from the Home Page).