15th September 2019 Race Report

Ladies / Gents / Gosling 7

On a bright sunny morning with light breeze from North North West, ten boats set off on a reduced distance course owing to a large fishing competition taking place.

This did not affect the competitiveness of the participants with James Pollard shooting off in a Blaze (literally) closely followed by brother Nathan (Laser) and Jane Anderson (Laser Radial) in the first group who remained as the first three throughout.

Next were Graham Joyce (Laser) and Roger Heasman (Streaker) also literally who exchanged blows until Joyce finally succumbed. Behind them another tussle featured John Buckett (Otter), Cilla Gilbert helming with Brian Pollard crew (Bosun) with John finally winning out, thence John Dabbs (Gull), the welcome return of Adeney Pooler (Graduate) and Vicki Duncalf (Topper) as the final three runners.

Line honours went to James Pollard who finished a couple of minutes ahead of Nathan Pollard and Anderson with Nathan Pollard having a five-second advantage. In the final showing though with handicaps applied it was Dabbs who was proclaimed as the winner with Anderson second and Roger Heasman third.

  1.   John Dabbs (Gull)
  2.   Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  3.   Roger Heasman (Streaker)
  4.   Cilla Gilbert and Brian Pollard (Bosun)
  5.   John Buckett (Otter)
  6.   Nathan Pollard (Laser)
  7.   James Pollard (Blaze)
  8.   Graham Joyce (Laser)
  9.   Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  10.   Adeney Pooler (Graduate)


THE afternoon sailing was a race for chocolate prizes with the results from the morning race combined for a bit of fun.

The race was slightly longer than that of the morning and the handicaps came more into play. With only eight boats competing it was the same trio of James Pollard (Blaze), Nathan Pollard (Laser) and Jane Anderson (Laser Radial) who as a group led from start to finish with Anderson dropping back and James Pollard pulling away towards the end.

Roger Heasman (Streaker) sailed well to finish narrowly behind the leading three. The two Johns (Buckett & Dabbs — Otter & Gull) along with Cilla Gilbert and Brian Pollard (Bosun) swapped positions on several occasions during the race with Vicki Duncalf (Topper) bringing up the rear. Once again James won line honours but it was Anderson and Nathan Pollard who beat him back to third once was the handicaps applied.

  1.   Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  2.   Runner-up: Nathan Pollard (Laser)
  3.   James Pollard (Blaze)
  4.   Roger Heasman (Streaker)
  5.   John Dabbs (Gull)
  6.    John Buckett (Otter)
  7.   Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  8.   Cilla Gilbert & Brian Pollard (Bosun)

Overall Chocaholics

  1.   Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  2.   John Dabbs (Gull)
  3.   Roger Heasman (Streaker)
  4.   Nathan Pollard (Laser)
  5.   James Pollard (Blaze)
  6.   John Buckett (Otter)
  7.   Cilla Gilbert & Brian Pollard (Bosun)
  8.   Vicki Duncalf (Topper)

Jane was unable to eat chocolates so it was John, Roger and Nathan who munched away the prizes.

Thanks were given to Geoff Floyd and Paul Anderson for running the race and to Mandy Pollard for the photographs.

6th October 2019 Race Report

Frostbite 2

Fierce north westerlies came gusting over the hills, making white streaks the length of the lake and reducing Sue Murray and Jane Anderson to little Toppers, Nathan Pollard to a 4.7 on his Laser and Roger Heasman (with Sally Wills) to small sails on their Bosun. Only Brian Pollard (with Cilla Gilbert) and John Dabbs (with Adam Hilton) braved it with full sails on their Bosuns. The start was very tight with nothing to separate the Toppers of Jane Anderson and Vicki Duncalf and Nathan Pollard’s Laser. Next came the Pollard/Wills Bosun and Sue Murray’s Topper. Paul Petvin had borrowed John Dabb’s  Gull at the last minute, then had trouble operating the centre board, with the result that he narrowly avoided being blown onto the lee shore. He retired. Nathan Pollard was the first to complete the long beat up to Far, well ahead of the rest of the fleet, which arrived at Far with Toppers mixed up with Bosuns. By the end of the lap Brian Pollard had established himself in second and Jane Anderson in third. On the second lap the Dabbs/Hilton Bosun nearly overtook Sue Murray’s Topper but Vicki Duncalf did overtake Roger Heasman’s Bosun. Applying the handicaps gave Jane Anderson the victory over Nathan Pollard by three seconds. If only he hadn’t lost time rounding the buoy at Dam Green!

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

Retired: Paul Petvin (Gull)

Icicle 2

The first race, with the long beat up to Far, had been shortened to three laps. Steve Axford, the Officer of the Day, now redrew the course with Pinky the most northerly buoy and multiple zigzags across the middle of the lake. The fleet managed four laps within the hour. Sue Murray got a perfect start and was away first. John Dabbs got his Bosun over the line on starboard tack in second with Nathan Pollard third and taking a while to get a lead over a flying Sue Murray. Then came the Pollard/Wills Bosun and the Anderson Topper, impossible to separate on the line, but with Jane Anderson ahead at the windward mark. Vicki Duncalf and the Heasman/Wills Bosun spent the race swapping places behind the Dabbs/Hilton Bosun which was consistently fifth. Brian Pollard managed to get past third place Jane Anderson when she got stuck in irons at Dam Green at the end of lap 3.

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

Grateful thanks were given to Steve Axford who ran the races and to Mandy Pollard for the photographs.

28th August 2019 Race Report

Teatime Tankard 6

It was grey and wet and thirteen degrees but five sailors were up for a race and Roger Heasman kindly ran it. John Dabbs took out ‘Quebec’, the pretty Bosun he has acquired from Toby Tobias, for the first time, Adam Hilton crewing. Brian Pollard had the familiar ‘Rob Eason’ Club Bosun, Sally Wills crewing, since Cilla Gilbert thought a meeting about birds more attractive than bobbing about on the water. Nathan Pollard had a Radial sail on his Laser. Brian was first away followed by John D. Nathan started to get going by the time they rounded Inlet and were crossing to West; he overtook the Dabbs Bosun. Brian kept his lead up to Pinky but Nathan was closing. They went round the buoy pretty much together and set off for Middle side by side. Nathan finally took the lead before Dam Green. The wind was increasing and Nathan spent most of lap 2 hiked way out, but Brian was trying hard to stay close and succeeded as far as West after which Nathan began to pull away. The Dabbs Bosun couldn’t keep up; it was just passing Middle as Nathan started lap 3 during which the gaps between the three boats just got bigger.

  1.  Brian Pollard and Sally Wills (Bosun)
  2. Nathan Pollard (Laser Radial)
  3. John Dabbs and Adam Hilton (Bosun)

Many thanks to Roger Heasman, Officer of the Day.

8th September 2019 Race Report

Commodore 7

Eighteen sailors in fourteen boats took off towards West in gentle but reliable north-westerly winds that tended to freshen as the day went on. Sue Murray (Laser), Adam Hilton (Aero 9) and Roger Heasman (with Sally Wills in the Club’s Wayfarer) were the fast starters, with Sue leading the first lap  with a little group that soon included Jane Anderson (Laser) and Mike Coulson with Nicky Buckett crewing his Wayfarer. The Heasman/Wills Wayfarer dropped back. A second tussle followed, but at an increasing distance. This group consisted of Nathan Pollard (Laser Radial) whose smaller sail eventually put him behind, Bob Sampson and Steve Axford in Lasers who swapped places and the leader (with a good two square meters more sail than the others) the Hilton Aero 9. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert’s Bosun led John Buckett’s Otter and the other Bosuns of John Dabbs, with Bob Jiggens, and Colin Witchell with Louise. In the course of lap 2 Sue Murray was overtaken by Jane Anderson and then the Coulson/Buckett Wayfarer. By lap 3 the field was widely spread but the Sampson/Axford duel continued to the end. The handicaps for the Commodore series being based on the past performance of the helm meant that the winner on the water, Jane Anderson, was reduced to sixth in the final results.


  1. Mike Coulson and Nicky Buckett (Wayfarer)
  2. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  3. Geoff Floyd (Solo)
  4. Sue Murray (Laser)
  5. Nathan Pollard (Laser Radial)
  6. Jane Anderson (Laser)
  7. John Buckett (Otter)
  8. Steve Axford (Laser)
  9. Bob Sampson (Laser)
  10. Adam Hilton (Aero 9)
  11. John Dabbs and Bob Jiggens (Bosun)
  12. Graham Joyce (Laser)

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



Tamar 10

Half the fleet started on port tack, close to the pontoon and the other half on starboard near the blue Home 1 buoy. Whether it was through the better choice of tack or his superior timing, it was Steve Axford who got off first and led the first two laps. Sue Murray, now with a smaller sail to cope with the freshening wind, was a close second at the start but was overtaken by the Coulson Wayfarer, now with its regular crew and flying the spinnaker on the long run back to the Dam. Then past came Nathan Pollard, who’d put the full sail on his Laser to comply with the Tamar series one boat/one sail rule, was still sixth as they ran from Pinky but had got himself to 4th by the end of lap 1 and third on lap 2 only to have Bob Sampson (Laser) go by on the last lap. The Club’s Rob Eason Bosun again proved easily the fastest of the Bosun fleet, finishing seventh on the water, but behind it a group of boats seemed to change places with each of the beats that dominated the excellent James Pollard designed course. They were, in the order they eventually finished on the water, Adam Hilton and John Dabbs (Bosun), Roger Heasman and Sally Wills, now in the other Club Bosun, John Buckett (Otter), Mark and George Stacey (Fusion) and Geoff Floyd (Solo).


  1. Steve Axford (Laser Full)
  2. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  3. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  4. Sue Murray (Laser Radial)
  5. Bob Sampson (Laser Full)
  6. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  7. Mark and George Stacey (Fusion)
  8. John Buckett (Otter)
  9. Adam Hilton and John Dabbs (Bosun)
  10. Roger Heasman and Sally Wills (Bosun)
  11. Geoff Floyd (Solo)

Retired: Mike and Viki Herbert-Coulson (Wayfarer)


Grateful thanks were given to James Pollard who ran the races and to Mandy Pollard for the photographs.

14th July 2019 Race Report

Spare – Sailboat 2

This race should have run on 28 April, but was cancelled when the wind completely deserted Upper Tamar Lake. Today seemed more hopeful with a promising, if variable easterly breeze as competitors set out. However, as the starting hooter sounded the wind again faded, determined to be in unco-operative.
By Dam Green the Lasers of Jane Anderson (radial), Nathan Pollard (full) and Paul Anderson (full) had pulled ahead, thereafter to remain in that order. The Gull of John Dabbs was then going well in pursuit but behind him there was some congestion as Cilla Gilbert with Brian Pollard crewing in a Bosun brushed the buoy, took another tack to round it successfully and completed a penalty turn, while Robin Spiller had to do a loop after heading the wrong way in his Streaker and Vicky Duncalf’s Topper sail lost the wind, stalling.
This all lost the latter group valuable time, giving the Lasers a huge advantage. Although John Dabbs was overtaken by the Streaker and finally the Bosun, he kept up a reasonable pace. The breeze came and went from various directions, catching Vicky Duncalf unbalanced in a slight gust and tipping her in the lake. After a quick recovery she returned to the shore to dry off.
The race was shortened to 2 laps.

1. Jane Anderson (Laser radial)
2. Nathan Pollard (Laser full)
3. John Dabbs (Gull)
4. Paul Anderson (Laser full)
5. Cilla Gilbert & Brian Pollard (Bosun)
6. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
Retired – Vicky Duncalf (Topper)

Tamar 7

With the breeze still light, not everyone fancied a second sluggish sail. The Bosun crew swapped places and Paul Petvin went out in the Gull. Jane Anderson and Nathan Pollard in the remaining Lasers got away well with Brian Pollard in close contention, followed by the Topper, but the last dinghy away took a while to cross the line.
Later, as the wind died completely at the far end of the lake, Vicky Duncalf and Paul Petvin were left stranded in glassy calm, while the more fortunate Lasers were neck and neck on the way back to the dam. The Bosun was not far behind at first but lost momentum as it too succumbed to lack of wind.
By the time a more encouraging north easterly breeze set in Nathan Pollard had established his lead over Jane Anderson on the water, but it proved difficult to extend over the three laps. The Bosun moved well, catching up a bit and the Topper persevered. The Gull slipped sideways, backwards and finally retired after 2 laps, it’s helm having enjoyed the learning experience.

1. Jane Anderson (Laser radial)
2. Nathan Pollard (Laser full)
3. Brian Pollard & Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
4. Vicky Duncalf (Topper)
Retired – Paul Petvin (Gull)

Thanks to Linda Spiller and Paul Petvin for running the races and to Mandy Pollard for photographs.

23rd June 2019 Race Report

Ladies, Gents, Junior, Gosling 4

Another weather forecast of gusts twice the strength of the wind put helms into safer boats than in the event they needed. The winds were gentle, south-easterly and the gusts containable. Adam Hilton and Sally Wills in the Bosun were stalled on the start line next to the windward buoy when the horn blew, annoying Jane Anderson (Topper) and Linda Spiller (Laser 4.7) who were coming up fast. Jane Anderson was first round the first buoy but she was overtaken by the Hilton/Wills Bosun on the way to the top of the Lake. Cilla Gilbert with Brian Pollard crewing the Bosun got ahead but missed out Pinkie on the way back from Far allowing Linda Spiller, recovering from a slow first lap, to take the lead. The Hilton/Wills Bosun drifted to leeward after Far on Lap 3 (failure to lower the centreboard) which allowed Jane Anderson’s Topper to overtake before Pinkie. The order stayed the same but the Laser pulled away and the Bosun regained some ground.


  1. Jane Anderson (Topper)
  2. Linda Spiller (Laser 4.7)
  3. Adam Hilton and Sally Wills (Bosun)

Retired: Cilla Gilbert and Brian Pollard (Bosun)

Pursuit 4

The wind had dropped further for the Pursuit race. Linda Spiller started first with, two minutes later, Jane Anderson and a minute after her, Brian Pollard , now with Cilla Gilbert crewing the Bosun. Sally Wills had the helm of the Adam Hilton Bosun and Nathan Pollard joined the fleet in his Laser (Full). On the first lap Brian Pollard got past Jane Anderson and Nathan Pollard got past Sally Wills. On the second Brian Pollard took the lead, which he retained. On the third Nathan Pollard, making full use of the speed of the big-sailed Laser, overtook Jane Anderson and, on the beat up to towards the Dam, had got ahead, in the judgement of those running the race (John Buckett and Graham Joyce) of Linda Spiller by the time the horn blew for the finish.

  1. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  2. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  3. Linda Spiller (Laser 4.7)
  4. Jane Anderson (Topper)
  5. Sally Wills and Adam Hilton (Bosun)

Thanks  were given to John Buckett and Graham Joyce who ran the races and to Nicky Buckett for photography.

Wednesday 3rd July 2019 Race Report

Midweek Mug 5

Linda Spiller’s Laser Radial was first over the line but by the time they had got to Inlet Nathan Pollard, with a bigger sail on his Laser had overtaken. Adam Hilton with Leila Farmer was the first of the Bosuns away but John Dabbs and Robin Spiller emerged ahead at West and the third Bosun, John Buckett’s (with Jane Chadney), got ahead on lap 2. Graham Joyce was finding the big sail on his Laser hard to handle in the gusts and eventually retired

  1. John Dabbs and Robin Spiller(Bosun)
  2. Linda Spiller (Laser Radial)
  3. John Buckett and Jane Chadney (Bosun)
  4. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  5. Adam Hilton and Leila Farmer (Bosun)
  6. Geoff Floyd (Solo)

Retired: Graham Joyce (Laser Full)

Many thanks  to Brian Pollard who ran the race and managed to take some pics as well.

7th July 2019 Race Report

Commodore 5

The gentle north-easterly airs never quite disappeared but this was a race which took the leaders nearly an hour to complete the only lap! Sally Wills and John Dabbs in the Club Bosun got away very well followed by Linda Spiller (Laser Full) and an excellent start from Paul Petvin helming Adam Hilton’s Bosun. The beat to Inlet introduced the fleet to the vagaries of the wind – its big shifts and little gustlets – and Inlet was particularly tricky with the trees blanketing what wind there was to be found. Brian Pollard (with Cilla Gilbert) got his Bosun past the two sister dinghies and Jane Anderson (Laser Radial) was slipping through the fleet from an unheard of seventh place at the start. After a relaxing broad reach across to West the renewed beat to Far took an age. Jane Anderson had overtaken Linda Spiller by the time they had come back up the lake and rounded Dam Green. The Commodore series is being run with personal, rather than boat-based, handicaps and these turned the order upside down, the inexperienced Paul Petvin gaining victory.

  1. Paul Petvin and Adam Hilton (Bosun)
  2. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  3. Nathan Pollard (Laser Radial)
  4. Linda Spiller (Laser Full)
  5. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  6. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  7. Sally Wills and John Dabbs (Bosun)

Sailboat 5

With slightly more wind the fleet managed two laps within the hour. It became a race of two halves with the same Lasers as in the earlier race plus Adam Hilton’s Aero 5 filling the first four positions and then a second group with two Bosuns, Paul Petvin in John Dabbs’ Gull, Vicki Duncalf in her Topper and Bob Bennett (Laser Radial) finding his way into racing. Neither Linda Spiller nor Jane Anderson could establish an unchallenged lead, they swapped around throughout the race, but it was Jane who finished first. Brian Pollard crossed the line at the head of group 2.

  1. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  2. Linda Spiller (Laser Full)
  3. Nathan Pollard (Laser Radial)
  4. Adam Hilton (Aero 5)
  5. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  6. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  7. John Dabbs and Sally Wills (Bosun)
  8. Paul Petvin (Gull)

Retired: Bob Bennett (Laser Radial)

Many thanks were given to Paul Whybrow, the Officer of the Day, to Robin Spiller, his assistant, and to Mandy Pollard for photography.

Wednesday 19th June 2019 Race Report

Midweek Mug 3

Nathan Pollard had finished his exams so he was out in his Laser. Brian Pollard didn’t have a club Bosun – Bob Sampson and Sue Murray were training novices in the club Bosuns – so he used Adam Hilton’s with Bob Bennett crewing for him. He kept to the small sails which were on the boat. Adam Hilton entered his Aero with the no. 5 sail and Annie Quatermain took out her Laser for a tootle round the Lake. The afternoon turned out fine and sunny with enough north-westerly breeze to get Lasers on the plane in the middle of the Lake.

Nathan Pollard started first and stayed first. Adam Hilton started second and stayed second until he capsized at the end of lap 2. Brian Pollard finished a quarter of an hour behind his son.

  1. Nathan Pollard (Laser)
  2. Brian Pollard and Bob Bennett (Bosun)

Retired: Adam Hilton (Aero5)

Many thanks to Paul Whybrow who ran the race.

Wednesday 26th June 2019 Race Report

Midweek Mug 4

On arrival at the Lake there was a lot of south easterly wind coming over the opposite hill, as was forecast. Bob Sampson was contemplating putting a 4.7 on his Laser! Is this a first? But by the time the starting horn blew most of the wind had disappeared leaving Adam Hilton, with Cilla Gilbert in his Bosun, and Geoff Floyd in his Solo, both boats flying small sails, looking a little foolish. In the end Bob Sampson and Nathan Pollard used Radials and it was Nathan who got away first. They were neck and neck going to West but Bob overtook, only to capsize at Inlet (I don’t know why, he said afterwards) and let Nathan past again. The other tussle going on was between the Bosun and the Solo. The Bosun had started ahead but lost ground at Dam Green, allowing Geoff past. Then the Solo lost ground at Inlet, regained it on the way to Far and lost it again at that buoy. Bob led the rest of the race until the last minute when he misjudged the beat to the line, allowing Nathan past. Geoff got past Adam before the finish as well.

  1. Nathan Pollard (Laser Radial)
  2. Bob Sampson (Laser Radial)
  3. Adam Hilton and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  4. Geoff Floyd (Solo)

Many thanks to Linda Spiller for OODing.