20th October 2019 Race Report

Frostbite 4

This race began with two false starts! Half the helms had misunderstood the course and crossed the line in the wrong direction! The Commodore, who led the pack after the first false start and was well up on the second, managed to foul up the third and could be seen fuming in his little Aero 5. Brian Pollard (with Cilla Gilbert) got his Bosun away first and was still leading at Inlet buoy  but by the time they had tacked their way up to Far the Laser Radial of Nathan Pollard had taken the lead. It was a bright day but cold and the force 4 wind was viciously gusty. There were several capsizes and a couple of retirements. The order settled down with Nathan Pollard firmly in the lead, Sue Murray in another Laser Radial second, the Pollard/Gilbert Bosun third, Jane Anderson’s Topper fourth and the Heasman/Wills Bosun fifth. They all retained those places until the end. Behind them Vicki Duncalf’s capsize on lap 2 put her behind Adam Hilton’s Aero 5 who was recovering from his capsize and went on to battle with and eventually overtake (on the water but not on handicap) John Dabbs’ Bosun (Paul Petvin crewing).

  1. Nathan Pollard (Laser Radial)
  2. Sue Murray (Laser Radial)
  3. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun),
  4. Jane Anderson (Topper)
  5. Roger Heasman and Sally Wills (Bosun)
  6. John Dabbs and Paul Petvin (Bosun)
  7. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  8. Adam Hilton (Aero 5)

Retired: Robin Spiller (Streaker), Graham Joyce (Laser Full)

Icicle 4

John Dabbs got his Bosun over the line first but was the furthest downwind of the fleet and the long tack needed to get round the first buoy (Zebra) dropped him to last! The other two Bosuns started second and third followed closely by Jane Anderson and the two Lasers gunwale to gunwale. Robin Spiller (Streaker) was seventh and, uncharacteristically, Vicki Duncalf brought up the rear. At the top of the Lake Nathan Pollard led Sue Murray, Jane Anderson followed closely and Vicki Duncalf had got herself up among the Bosuns. The subsequent two laps saw the leading Topper and the Dabbs/Petvin Bosun in close competition and Robin Spiller hauling the Streaker up the order to sixth. Sue Murray had reduced her sail to a 4.7 for this race and this gave her the victory on corrected time, Nathan Pollard’s lead of two and a half minutes on the water reduced to a deficit of twenty two seconds when his handicap was applied.

  1. Sue Murray (Laser 4.7)
  2. Nathan Pollard (Laser Radial)
  3. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert  (Bosun)
  4. Jane Anderson (Topper)
  5. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  6. John Dabbs and Paul Petvin (Bosun)
  7. Roger Heasman and Sally Wills (Bosun)

Grateful thanks were given to Linda Spiller and her small assistant who ran the races and to Mandy Pollard who took the photographs.