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BLUE FIN WINS NELSON`S PURSUIT
Friday 7th January 2022

Twenty-four boats hit the start line on New Year’s Eve to race in the annual Nelson’s Pursuit. 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!

With that said this year Rhone Kirby was first over the line on Wild Cat, a 21 ft multihull but the overall prize is a monohull prize and that went to Rodney Dodd’s Blue Fin.

For the full list of results click here.


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