It was another sunny Sunday race with very little wind or, at times, none at all. What wind there was generally came from the north but breaths might appear from anywhere. The race was shortened to one lap which took an hour. Nine boats took the start and four Lasers, Sue Murray’s Radial initially leading, and John Buckett’s Otter got away. But it took an age for the rest of the fleet – Bosun, Streaker, Solo and Laser – to even cross the start line. On the way to Inlet Nathan Pollard (Laser Full) took the lead and went round Inlet, dreaded because in the lee of the hill but in practise no worse than anywhere else, in first place. Sue Murray, Bob Sampson (Laser Full) and Jane Anderson (Laser Radial) followed with John Bucket falling back into the tardier group.
Every member had a turn at the front of the leading Laser bunch but it was Jane Anderson who got hers over the finish line first. However a magic stream of air had taken the Solo from the second group up to the back of the leading Lasers and its advantageous handicap gave Adam Hilton the victory.
|2||LASER RADIAL||Jane Anderson||1113||1:00:56||0:54:45|
|3||LASER RADIAL||Sue Murray||1113||1:01:22||0:55:08|
|7||BOSUN||John Dabbs||Penny Abbott||1233||1:17:59||1:03:15|
By the time the second race started a decent little northerly had appeared, quite strong enough to send the fleet around the course at around fifteen minutes a lap. Adam Hilton’s Solo got away first with Sue Murray and Nathan Pollard following but by the end of the first lap Bob Sampson had taken charge of the front of the field with Nathan Pollard following him and Jane Anderson next. The Bosun, now helmed by Penny Abbott, spent the race dicing with Robin Spiller’s Streaker. Linda Spiller’s Full Laser overtook Sue Murray’s Radial on lap 2 but the handicap hoisted Sue to fourth and demoted Linda to seventh.
|1||LASER RADIAL||Jane Anderson||1113||0:47:47||0:42:56|
|2||BOSUN||Penny Abbott||John Dabbs||1233||0:53:50||0:43:40|
|4||LASER RADIAL||Sue Murray||1113||0:49:12||0:44:12|
Grateful thanks were given to Brian Pollard, Officer of the Day, and to Mandy Pollard who took the photographs.
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