Midweek Mug 3
Bob Sampson had been doing a bit of teaching and so had small sails on the Club Bosun, the fast one, with Robin Spiller as crew. The weather, although gusty and only intermittently sunny, didn’t really demand small sails on Bosuns so Roger Heasman’s – he had Adam Hilton as crew – and John Dabbs’s – Penny Abbott crewing – both flew full size canvas. Linda Spiller was in her Laser with a 4.7 lofted. The wind was mostly westerly and the start was on the pontoon side with Zebra the first buoy and a beat to West White next. Roger Heasman started on port from the end of the pontoon and got to Zebra first and was still just ahead of Linda Spiller at West. But after rounding Middle Linda took the lead and never relinquished it. She finished the four laps four minutes ahead of the Bosuns of which the Dabbs/Abbott boat was only half a minute behind the Heasman/Hilton craft, with the small sail Bosun another four minutes further back.
Midweek Mug 4
Penny Abbott took over the helm of the Dabbs Bosun but was only third over the start line. Roger Heasman couldn’t replicate his neat start off the end of the pontoon and was fourth. Bob Sampson was second away but Linda Spiller made a good start and led this cut-down two lap race throughout. Roger Heasman, who is still learning how best to set the sails on his new Bosun, had twitched the main and got the boat pointing somewhat higher with the result that he made up for his tardy start overtook the other Bosuns and was up to second on the run back from Pinky. On the second lap Penny Abbott designed an elegant beat from Zebra to West which was instrumental in getting her back to second where she finished, a minute in front of Roger. Bob Sampson had put in some nifty tacks too and had kept the deficit down to less than a minute this time.
Rank HelmName CrewName Class Rating Elapsed Corrected 1 Linda Spiller Laser 4.7 1188 0:29:47 0:25:04 2 Penny Abbott John Dabbs BOSUN 1233 0:31:55 0:25:53 3 Roger Heasman Adam Hilton BOSUN 1233 0:32:59 0:26:45 4 Bob Sampson Robin Spiller BOSUN 1233 0:33:47 0:27:24
Grateful thanks were given to John Buckett, Officer of the Day, who also recorded the race on his dashcam!