SAILING enthusiasts are being encouraged to register for a fun race around the Solent.
The Gosport Peninsula Charity Pursuit is just eight weeks away and the organisers are calling for people to sign up.
The Gosport Peninsula Charity Pursuit is about fundraising for good causes.Peter Cardy
The event, put on by Gosport Marine Scene, gives small boats the chance to compete against larger vessels in a fun and non-competitive race.
It also raises thousands of pounds for charities in the area.
Gosport Marine Scene secretary Peter Cardy said: ‘The Gosport Peninsula Charity Pursuit is about fundraising for good causes.
‘It isn’t about winning the race.
‘The day is modelled on the Eddystone Charity Pursuit in Plymouth.
‘We think it’s going to be a great day.
It’s an opportunity to show off the boats and have fun with friends.’
For the event, at 10am on May 21, boats start in groups, smallest first, with the aim of finishing at around the same time.
The course will be finalised shortly before the event but if the weather is right boats will sail from Gilkicker Point at Stokes Bay to the Solent’s Nab Tower and back – a route of about 20 miles. After the event, there will be a prize-giving party with a barbecue and entertainment at the Hornet Services Sailing Club in Gosport.
There will also be a presentation of the Gasworks Challenge Cup to the vessel with the highest accumulated points.
Points are awarded for early entry, fundraising and for performance in the pursuit itself.
Other prizes will be handed out for several fun categories, including best dressed crew, best dressed boat, youngest crew and the oldest crew.
Peter added: ‘The pursuit, as the name implies, is not a race.
‘It is, however, an opportunity to test the mettle of your boat against others.’
To enter or for more information on the event visit gosportmarinefestival.org.uk/the-pursuit/