The morning had been wet and blustery but at noon, as the first race started, the sun came out and the gusts toned down, making for a very nice day’s racing. The winds were from points north of east so the nearest thing to a beating start that James Pollard, race officer on the day, could design was a Home 2 startline aimed at Dam Green, where the usual push and shove took place as fourteen boats tried to go round at much the same moment. Nathan Pollard emerged in the lead on the reach to Zebra and the beat to Inlet. He was closely followed by Bob Sampson in the other full-sailed Laser in the day’s fleet. These two dominated the front of the race and stayed in the lead even when the handicaps were applied. A trio of Laser Radials came along next – Sue Murray’s, Linda Spiller’s and Penny Abbott’s – but between and around them, and having a fine race, was the Enterprise of Alan Comber and John Weller. There were four Bosuns sailing of which Roger Heasman’s (Sally Wills crewing) was the consistent leader, gaining third place after handicapping. And there were two Toppers, Vicki Duncalf’s and Jane Anderson’s, somewhat tangled up in Bosuns, and the familiar yellow-hulled Solo twins of Geoff Floyd and Adam Hilton.
The difference in Topper results between the morning and the afternoon is interesting. It was a bit windier in the afternoon. The morning race (Frostbite 3) was 3 laps and the afternoon race (Icicle 3) was 4 laps.
|3||BOSUN||Roger Heasman||Sally Willis||1219||0:46:47||0:38:23||3.0|
|4||LASER RADIAL||Sue Murray||1109||0:43:16||0:39:01||4.0|
|6||LASER RADIAL||Linda Spiller||1109||0:44:49||0:40:25||6.0|
|7||BOSUN||Brian Pollard||Cilla Gilbert||1219||0:49:44||0:40:48||7.0|
|8||LASER RADIAL||Penny Abbott||1109||0:45:20||0:40:53||8.0|
|9||BOSUN||John Dabbs||Jane Chadney||1219||0:49:57||0:40:59||9.0|
|11||ENTERPRISE||Alan Comber||John Weller||1116||0:47:05||0:42:11||11.0|
|14||BOSUN||Toby Tobias||Paul Whybrow||1219||0:55:54||0:45:51||14.0|
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There were additions to the morning’s fast starters; it was probably Vicki Duncalf first over the line with Jane Chadney (now helming the Commodore’s Bosun with John Dabbs crewing) and Adam Hilton not far behind. But Bob Sampson got round Dam Green first with Nathan Pollard second and they again dominated the race although in the reverse order from the morning. However for a while Nathan fell back to third; it was crucial, in both races, to get between Zebra and Inlet in one tack. If the boat (or it’s helm) couldn’t point high enough places were liable to be lost. This may have been what happened to Nathan’s Laser; in any event he had to overtake the Hilton Solo later in Lap 1. The Laser Radials had their usual ding dong, with Penny Abbott the eventual winner over Sue Murray and Linda Spiller salvaging sixth place on the water after a series of mishaps. Alan Comber’s Enterprise again led the double-handers for much of the race with Jane Chadney in the leading Bosun behind it until the two boats collided at Middle, Jane emerging from penalty turns in front. At the end Adam Hilton’s Solo was only a minute and a half behind Bob Sampson’s leading Laser, little enough for the handicap to give the victory to the Solo.
|6||LASER RADIAL||Penny Abbott||1109||0:54:23||0:49:02||6.0|
|7||LASER RADIAL||Sue Murray||1109||0:54:27||0:49:06||7.0|
|8||BOSUN||Jane Chadney||John Dabbs||1219||0:59:55||0:49:09||8.0|
|9||LASER RADIAL||Linda Spiller||1109||0:56:12||0:50:41||9.0|
|10||BOSUN||Sally Willis||Roger Heasman||1219||1:03:14||0:51:52||10.0|
|11||BOSUN||Toby Tobias||Paul Whybrow||1219||1:03:57||0:52:28||11.0|
|13||ENTERPRISE||Alan Comber||John Weller||1116||1:00:07||0:53:52||13.0|
|14||BOSUN||Cilla Gilbert||Brian Pollard||1219||RET||15.0|
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