31 December 2017
The Nelson’s Pursuit Race traditionally attracts an excellent fleet of yachts of all sizes – which in the past have included boats of less than 20 feet, Carriacou sloops and a wide range of both racing and cruising yachts. This is an all-comers event and provides an afternoon of fun and excitement for everyone, particularly Caribbean cruisers who are not otherwise set up for racing events.
The race was conceived as a re-enactment of Lord Nelson’s famous pursuit of the French fleet under the command of Admiral Pierre Villeneuve across the Atlantic in 1805, culminating in the blockade of Cadiz and the subsequent battle of Trafalgar, Nelson’s greatest victory, during which he was tragically shot and mortally wounded by a French sniper.
The slowest boat to enter the race starts first and carries the French flag, with the remainder of the fleet representing the British in hot pursuit attempting to capture the French flag and claim victory for the Brits. Effectively, all boats are assigned a start time based on the size of the boat and its anticipated speed around the course. The first boat to cross the finish line is declared the winner!
The race is held on New Year’s Eve day (locally known as Old Year’s Night) with the first start between 11:00 am and 12:00 noon below Fort Charlotte outside English Harbour.
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As with ALL Ondeck's events - No experience is necessary