16th August 2020 Race Report

Covid 19 Sunday Race 10

The various forecasters agreed that the wind would be very fitful indeed but could not agree whether the clouds would be black or the sun shining or thunder and lightning dominating the sky. In the event the wind was perfectly serviceable, if decidedly on the light side, and the rain held off for the noon race and the time to eat a sandwich afterwards. There were a few gleams of sun and no thunder.

Without these uncertainties there might have been more than the seven boats that took to the water. Three were Lasers, Bob Sampson’s and Linda Spiller’s flying big sails whereas Jane Anderson had put up a Radial. Robin Spiller was out in his Streaker, John Dabbs dithered between Bosun and Gull but went with the Gull on the curious grounds that it was easier to get in and out of the water. Vicki Duncalf was in her familiar Topper but didn’t have a very good day; too little wind. The unusual sight was the Commodore sailing his RS Aero with a size 9 sail for the first time.

The wind was coming over the Dam so the race had Dam Green as the first buoy. The beat up to it already made clear that the Lasers and the Aero were going to scrap for most of the race. Bob Sampson headed the fleet at the end of each lap but Jane Anderson was second on the first lap, Linda Spiller was second on the second and Adam Hilton was second on the third!


  1. Bob Sampson (Laser Full)
  2. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  3. John Dabbs (Gull)
  4. Linda Spiller (Laser Full)
  5. Adam Hilton (RS Aero 9)
  6. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
  7. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)


The rain started and the wind dropped away so the second race was not run. Grateful thanks were given to John Duncalf, Officer of the Day.

9th August 2020 Race Report

Covid 19 Sunday Race 8

First across the start line was John Dabbs (Bosun), followed by Robin Spiller (Streaker) and then Graham Joyce, racing his Laser for the first time this season. John Dabbs maintained his advantage and rounded West in the lead but was being harried by first Robin Spiller and afterwards Linda Spiller (Laser Full).

It was a day of very light winds, sometimes no wind at all. The fleet was soon spread out across the middle of the Lake, as though glued to a sheet of glass. The yellow-hulled Solo twins (Geoff Floyd and Adam Hilton) found themselves in a central position and able to pick up any breaths the wind gods chose to emit. They reached Pinkie first after multiple slow motion tacks and Adam Hilton – Solo sail number 3300 – rounded it 33 minutes and 33 seconds after the start!

It was good to see a decent complement of Bosuns now that members from different households are permitted to sail double-handed. They were bunched together, Bob Sampson with a family crew, including small granddaughter Amelia, was close to Roger Heasman with regular crew Sally Wills, John Dabbs and the Witchells.

The run back to Dam Green was rather quicker, with sporadic puffs of wind bringing the rear of the fleet closer to the front where Adam Hilton still led Geoff Floyd and Linda Spiller. Nonetheless the race was shortened to one lap which took the leading boats over fifty minutes.

  1. Bob Sampson and crew (Bosun)
  2. John Dabbs (Bosun)
  3. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  4. Geoff Floyd (Solo)
  5. RobinSpiller (Streaker)
  6. Linda Spiller (Laser Full)
  7. Graham Joyce (Laser Full)

Retired: Roger Heasman and Sally Wills (Bosun), Louise and Colin Witchell (Bosun)

Covid 19 Sunday Race 9

John Duncalf, Officer of the Day, shortened the course by omitting the northernmost buoy in order to avoid having the fleet stuck again trying to get up there. But in the event the wind was a touch fresher and more consistent, even having the cheek to capsize Linda Spiller’s Laser at West. Laps of the short course – up to West, across to Home 2 and back to Dam Green – were taking about eight minutes.

Graham Joyce had a great start, but he was well to leeward and soon had to tack, then came across the Commodore on starboard, had to tack again and lost his advantage. John Dabbs was close behind followed by Robin Spiller. Linda Spiller soon took over the lead and held it throughout, with Adam Hilton behind her and with Robin Spiller threatening to overtake him. At the end of lap 1 the single handed Bosun pair of Bob Sampson (now without family) and John Dabbs powered past Home 1 but Graham Joyce, all unawares, went the wrong side of the buoy and could not benefit from his third position on the water at the finish.

  1. Bob Sampson (Bosun)
  2. John Dabbs (Bosun)
  3. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  4. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
  5. Linda Spiller(Laser Full)
  6. Geoff Floyd (Solo)
  7. Roger Heasman and Sally Wills (Bosun)

Retired: Graham Joyce (Laser Full)

Grateful thanks were given to John Duncalf, Officer of the Day, and to his timekeeper, Vicki Duncalf.

Wednesday 22nd July Race Report

Covid-19 Wednesday Race 2

Not just sunny but warm with a useful little breeze, a sailing afternoon hard to improve on. But humans are error prone and errors were committed. The Commodore set the course, beating via West to Far, reaching/running back via Inlet, including the instruction to leave Middle to starboard when it should have been to port. This meant, if the fleet was to go round this buoy at all, a 450 degree turn and was largely responsible for a collision between Paul Anderson (Laser Full) and Robin Spiller (Streaker), the first collision, Paul claimed, in his fifty years on the water. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial) started well and soon established a lead in front of Linda Spiller. Behind them Adam Hilton’s Solo was swapping places with the Streaker and the big-sailed Laser. John Dabbs Gull brought up the rear

UTLSC PNs – Midweek Mug

Rank HelmName CrewName Class Rating Elapsed Corrected Points
1 Jane Anderson LASER RADIAL 1115 0:45:16 0:40:36 1.0
2 John Dabbs GULL 1365 1:00:00 0:43:57 2.0
3 Linda Spiller LASER RADIAL 1115 0:49:09 0:44:05 3.0
4 Adam Hilton SOLO 1144 0:50:36 0:44:14 4.0
5 Paul Anderson LASER 1075 RET 9.0

Personal PNs – TeaTime Tankard

Rank HelmName CrewName Class Rating Elapsed Corrected Points
1 Jane Anderson LASER RADIAL 1066 0:45:16 0:42:28 1.0
2 John Dabbs GULL 1364 1:00:00 0:43:59 2.0
3 Linda Spiller LASER RADIAL 1115 0:49:09 0:44:05 3.0
4 Adam Hilton SOLO 1136 0:50:36 0:44:33 4.0
5 Paul Anderson LASER 1075 RET 9.0

Thanks to the Commodore who started the race, sprinted for his boat and collected the finishing times afterwards.

3rd November 2019 Race Report

Frostbite 6

A fairly benign morning saw seven boats on the water with wind of force 2-3.

Linda Spiller in her laser 4.7 and John Dabbs in his new Bosun were a little early at the start line and had to re-round the start buoy. Nathan Pollard (Laser 4.7) soon developed a healthy lead during the first lap with the Bosuns of John Buckett with crew Sally Wills and Brian Pollard with ‘new crew’ Robin Spiller in hot pursuit. Then the rain set in and a vicious gust nearly caught Nathan out but he skilfully avoided a capsize at Dam. Linda was valiantly chasing her husband Robin but helm John managed to benefit from some nice gusts and forged ahead. Meanwhile the toppers of Jane Anderson and Vicki Duncalf were sailing parallel and did a synchronised gybe around Dam with Jane emerging in the lead. In the second lap both Linda and Brian overtook John Buckett. The two Bosuns were at Dam mark together but Brian pulled away  first. In the second and third laps Jane extended her lead over Vicki.

The results were as follows.

  1. Nathan Pollard (Laser 4.7)
  2. Jane Anderson (Topper)
  3. John Buckett and Sally Wills (Bosun)
  4. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  5. Brian Pollard and Robin Spiller (Bosun)
  6. John Dabbs and Paul Petvin  (Bosun)
  7. Linda Spiller (Laser 4.7)


Icicle 6

The wind has risen considerably for the second race and together with the rain it made for miserable and challenging conditions. Soon white caps started appearing but the boats continued to plough through the waves with their masts waving in the gusts. Nathan had a good lead right from the start. Jane Anderson (Topper) soon moved into second place as she planed spectacularly down to Dam buoy, she was followed by Brian in the Bosun, now with Sally Wills as crew. Vicki Duncalf (Topper) overtook John Dabbs and crew Paul Petvin(Bosun) in the strengthening winds on the plane down to Dam.

John and Paul retired but the remaining boats continued to stay afloat and complete a shortened course. The course was shortened due to deteriorating conditions.

  1. Nathan Pollard (Laser 4.7)
  2. Jane Anderson (Topper)
  3. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  4. Brian Pollard and Sally Wills (Bosun)

Retired John Dabbs and Paul Petvin (Bosun)

27th October 2019 Race Report

Frostbite 5

This was a two lap race, admittedly over a course that used the full length (Far to Dam Green) and width (Inlet to West) of the Lake, which took an hour because the north-easterlies were blowing very gently under their bright but cool sun. The wind never quite disappeared however, although leaving Inlet in the lee of the hill could be very slow.

All helms started on starboard tack aiming at Inlet but Vicki Duncalf (Topper) was over the line and had to turn back. Robin Spiller (Streaker) got his stroke of fortune with a breath of wind which put him in the lead and into clear air. Across the Lake at West the Streaker led Jane Anderson (Laser 4.7), Adam Hilton (Aero 5) and Nathan Pollard (Laser Radial) with the rest of the fleet in line astern. The Aero dropped places but the two Lasers continued to scrap, Nathan Pollard getting past before the end of lap 1 but Jane regained second place on lap 2 and finished a minute and a half behind the Streaker, close enough to win on handicap. The race’s Bosun battle was between Nicky Buckett , Linda Spiller crewing, and Brian Pollard with Cilla Gilbert as crew. They were never far apart; Nicky Buckett finishing twenty seconds ahead. Light winds are not good for Topper sailors and Vicki Duncalf found herself drifting onto Home 1 buoy, mainsheet caught up, she retired. John Buckett in his Otter spent most of the race in company with the stuttering Aero, finishing the first lap behind it but the second in front.

  1. Jane Anderson (Laser 4.7)
  2. Nicky Buckett and Linda Spiller (Bosun)
  3. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun),
  4. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
  5. Nathan Pollard (Laser Radial)
  6. John Buckett (Otter)
  7. Adam Hilton (Aero 5)

Retired: Vicki Duncalf (Topper)


Icicle 5

Vicki Duncalf timed it perfectly this time and got her Topper away first but couldn’t point high enough to maintain the position and was only the sixth boat to round Inlet, the first buoy. John Buckett’s Otter had also got away well and he was still third round Inlet but lost places subsequently. It was Nicky Buckett’s Bosun which did best; second to start but first round Inlet and West and Far, indeed she was still leading at the end of the lap. She was pursued by  Jane Anderson (Laser 4.7), a recovering Robin Spiller (Streaker) who’d had to turn back to avoid jumping the start and Nathan Pollard (Laser Radial) also making up for a slow start. Robin Spiller got past Jane Anderson before they reached Middle. The remarkable Otter was still fifth at the end of lap one but lost a place to the Bosun now helmed by Cilla Gilbert and crewed by Brian Pollard on lap two. The other Bosun lost the race lead before Inlet on the second lap and by the end had been passed by Robin Spiller, Jane Anderson and Nathan Pollard; applying the handicaps gave it back the victory.

  1. Nicky Buckett and Linda Spiller (Bosun)
  2. Jane Anderson (Laser 4.7)
  3. John Buckett (Otter)
  4. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
  5. Cilla Gilbert  and Brian Pollard (Bosun)
  6. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  7. Nathan Pollard (Laser Radial)


Grateful thanks were given to John Dabbs who ran the races and took the photographs as well.

(Note to UTLSC members – results changed because computer had Robin with a Wave sail on his Streaker. Sorry Robin.)

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

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

13th October 2019 Race Report

Frostbite 3

Until a few minutes before the start the Lake was calm but then the wind gods obeyed the forecasters and unleashed an hour of north-westerly blasts with no rhythm and little consistency of  direction. The Officers of the Day, John Duncalf and Paul Anderson, had set a course that started from the Home 2 line towards Middle buoy thus exposing the fleet to the maximum wind chaos from the start. Jane Anderson and Vicki Duncalf in Toppers crossed the line first. John Dabbs (Adam Hilton crewing) was the first away of the Bosuns. But it was very difficult to cope in the little Toppers. The three Bosuns all overtook Vicki Duncalf on the way to Far. Jane Anderson was accused by a passing Bosun of ‘hiding in the bushes’ that is to say avoiding the worst of the gusts by clinging to the lee of the hill; she admitted to the charge. However she still maintained her lead at the end of lap 1 but lost a place a lap from then on. Brian Pollard (with Cilla Gilbert), having charged past the Dabbs/Hilton Bosun, finished lap1 in second and led the remaining laps. Roger Heasman and Sally Wills established themselves as the second Bosun and overtook Jane Anderson on lap 2 near Far. But the third (Dabbs) Bosun continued to swap places with Jane Anderson’s Topper which finished a mere six seconds behind thus ensuring that the handicap promoted her.

  1. Jane Anderson (Topper)
  2. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun),
  3. Roger Heasman and Sally Wills (Bosun)
  4. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  5. John Dabbs and Adam Hilton (Bosun)

Retired: Paul Petvin (Gull)


Icicle 3

The intensity of the gusts had reduced to the relief of the sailors. The Toppers got away first with Jane Anderson leading, the new addition of Sue Murray second and Vicki Duncalf third. Then came the Bosuns led by Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert with Roger Heasman and Sally Wills second and John Dabbs, now with Paul Petvin as crew, third. By the time he reached Far Brian Pollard had overtaken all three Toppers. Jane Anderson remained at second but Roger Heasman had overtaken the other two Toppers, leaving the Dabbs/Petvin Bosun in sixth. On the long reach and run back Jane Anderson stuck to the transom of Brian Pollard’s Bosun and Sue Murray seemed equally inseparable from the Heasman/Wills Bosun, with Vicki Duncalf doing the same to The Dabbs/Petvin boat. Lap 2 saw Brian Pollard losing ground at Home 2, allowing Jane Anderson to catch up whereas the gap between Roger Heasman and Sue Murray increased. On the third lap Sue Murray slipped past the Heasman Bosun on the reach between Middle and Far to take third place which remained in contention since the Dabbs Bosun had caught up. The two Bosuns continued to scrap for the rest of the race allowing Sue Murray to consolidate her third place in cleaner air to windward on the beat to Home 2. As the sister boats returned towards the finish line the Dabbs Bosun was seen to be ahead, but with the wind strength diminishing and the gap between the two boats varying, the order remained uncertain until the end when three seconds separated them!

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

Grateful thanks were given to John Duncalf and Paul Anderson who ran the races.