Wednesday 4th November 2020 Race Report

Sue Murray had noticed the auspicious forecast and suggested a last race before we all lock ourselves in, put on five kilos and go stark stirring crazy. And the weather was indeed gorgeous, a beautiful sunny (cold) day with just enough north westerly wind to feel one was racing, although rounding Inlet, in the lee of the hill, was often a problem.
Bob Sampson (Laser) was first to go round the first boy (Zebra) of a short course that he had set. Sue Murray (Laser Radial) followed. At some point Linda Spiller (Laser) touched the Murray Laser and had to do forfeits. Rob Spiller (Streaker) and Adam Hilton (Solo) competed at the rear. Adam had got to the line too soon and had to do a voluntary 180 degrees to avoid crossing it too soon. He started last but managed to get past Rob after West by calling a dastardly starboard on him. The gap was never more than a length or two. On the last lap (of four) Rob overtook at Home2 and held the position round the sea cadets safety boat (a mark of the course) and across the finish line. He needn’t have bothered; the handicap gave Adam back the place.

Rank HelmName CrewName Class Rating Elapsed Corrected
1 Bob Sampson LASER 1075 34:43 0:32:18
2 Sue Murray LASER RADIAL 1115 36:40 0:32:53
3 Linda Spiller LASER 1075 36:03 0:33:32
4 Adam Hilton SOLO 1144 39:12 0:34:16
5 Robin Spiller STREAKER 1133 39:03 0:34:28

Many thanks to Bob Sampson for setting the course and starting the race.

18th October 2020 Race Report

Photos taken by Vicki on Adam’s camera

 

More photos taken by Nicky

Covid-19 Autumn 6

Eight boats started in a light south easterly breeze. The whole fleet were a little tardy to cross the line but Penny Abbott (Laser) was the first to cross followed closely by Linda Spiller(Laser). There was then a melee of boats gathered around the first mark but soon the breeze increased a bit and the boats headed up the lake with Penny having established a good lead. It was good to see John Buckett (Otter) sailing again and looking very comfortable sailing in his favoured wind conditions. At the end of lap one Linda had taken over the lead with Penny and Jane Anderson (Laser Radial) close behind. During the second lap the officer of the day shortened the course to two laps, although some boats took advantage of a slight increase in the breeze close to the finishing line. The results on handicap showed the light wind specialist John Buckett had won with only 9 seconds separating the first three positions.

 

Rank HelmName CrewName Class UTLSC PN Elapsed Corrected
1 John Buckett OTTER 1279 56:47 0:44:24
2 Jane Anderson LASER RADIAL 1115 49:36 0:44:29
3 Linda Spiller LASER 1075 47:51 0:44:31
4 Adam Hilton SOLO 1144 51:13 0:44:46
5 John Dabbs BOSUN 1234 55:57 0:45:20
6 Robin Spiller STREAKER 1133 53:48 0:47:29
7 Penny Abbott LASER 1075 51:38 0:48:02
8 Paul Anderson LASER 1075 53:39 0:49:54

Covid-19 Autumn 7

In the afternoon a very jazzy and colourful Hartley 12.2 joined the racing helmed by Anna Farmer and crewed by Mum, Leila. Jane Anderson crossed the line just ahead of Adam Hilton (Solo) They headed up the lake with Adam leading and then Jane Anderson just ahead of Penny. At the end of lap one Jane took a course tacking towards the Cornwall bank and seemed to lose out to Penny and Adam who stuck to the centre of the lake. At the end of lap one Jane and husband Paul (Laser) crossed the start line one second apart. Penny, Jane and Adam were all very close as they rounded zebra buoy but unfortunately a slight tap cost Jane a 720° penalty which lost her some time. Adam continued to forge a good lead finding the favourable gusts and it was never in doubt that he would emerge the winner.

Rank HelmName CrewName Class UTLSC PN Elapsed Corrected
1 Adam Hilton SOLO 1144 58:45 0:51:21
2 John Buckett OTTER 1279 1:06:20 0:51:52
3 John Dabbs BOSUN 1234 1:05:20 0:52:57
4 Jane Anderson LASER RADIAL 1115 59:29 0:53:21
5 Penny Abbott LASER 1075 59:07 0:55:00
6 Paul Anderson LASER 1075 59:22 0:55:13
7 Anna Farmer Leila Farmer HARTLEY 12.2 1188 RET

Thanks to Vicki Duncalf for running the races and to Bob Sampson and Sue Murray for the cold job of safety boat.

Wednesday 14th October 2020 Race Report

 

 

The sun shone and the wind was blowing from the south-east when all the forecasts had said it would come from the north-east. It was brisk; strong enough for Bob Sampson to say buddy sailing wouldn’t be safe and that he would man the safety boat. Thank you Bob. Robin Spiller, volunteer OOD – thank you Robin 

– designed a short course that went south to Dam Green, west to West White, as far north as Middle and back by way of Inlet White, the inlet being mercifully free of anglers for once.

John Dabbs, with Adam Hilton crewing the Bosun, was first over the starting line with Sue Murray (Laser 4.7) next and Linda Spiller (Laser 4.7) following. John gave the Lasers too much water at Dam Green and they went past. And that was the order for the next two laps, but on lap 3 Linda overtook Sue near West White. The order stayed the same thereafter.

Rank HelmName CrewName Class Rating Elapsed Corrected
1 Linda Spiller LASER 4.7 1190 0:34:00 0:28:34
2 Sue Murray LASER 4.7 1190 0:34:24 0:28:54
3 John Dabbs BOSUN 1234 0:36:16 0:29:23
4 Robin Spiller STREAKER 1133 OOD
5 Bob Sampson LASER 1075 OOD

Many thanks to Bob Sampson in the safety boat and Robin Spiller in the race hut.

11th October 2020 Race Report

Covid-19 Autumn 4

A heavily-crewed Bosun with John Dabbs at the helm was first across the starting line. He was assisted by Robin Spiller and Adam Hilton who jointly handled the jib and kept the boat upright on a grey, cold day with plenty of north westerly wind. Two little Toppers followed, Vicky Duncalf leading Jane Anderson with Sue Murray in her Laser 4.7 coming up fast behind them. Beating past Zebra and round Home 2 bunched up the fleet, Jane Anderson tacking early and losing out, the Bosun dropping much of its lead and Sue Murray hard on the wake of Vicky Duncalf. The course then took a deviation towards the Cornwall bank and West White before returning to the Devon side of the Lake with Middle buoy needing to be rounded before the beat up to Pinky could continue. This combination of buoys proved confusing to helms throughout the day, the Bosun having to retire from this race after missing out Middle buoy. Jane Anderson’s Topper made up a lot of water in this phase of the race, passing the Bosun to take the lead, but Sue Murray had freed herself from Vicky Duncalf’s dirty wind and was in pursuit, briefly leading the Anderson Topper at the end of the long run to Dam Green but losing out at the buoy and only consolidating her lead well into lap 2. Vicky Duncalf went past the Bosun, her Topper pointing noticeably higher on the beats, but her advantage was never secure, the Bosun faster on the runs. The Topper’s handicap gave back the victory to Jane Anderson. 

Rank HelmName CrewName Class PN Elapsed Corrected
1 Jane Anderson TOPPER 1334 0:57:29 0:43:05
2 Sue Murray LASER 4.7 1190 0:54:28 0:45:46
3 Vicki Duncalf TOPPER 1334 1:01:11 0:45:52
4 John Dabbs Robin Spiller & Adam Hilton BOSUN 1234 1:01:24 0:49:45
5 Geoff Floyd SOLO 1144 RET

 

Covid-19 Autumn 5

Linda Spiller swapped race-officiating for sailing her Laser 4.7 and promptly led across the line and stayed in front for two laps. The Bosun was now only two up, John Dabbs still at the helm. Geoff Floyd had changed the small sail on his Solo for the standard size. Sue Murray chased Linda Spiller up to the top of the Lake with the two Toppers following at an increasing distance. The Bosun and the Solo spent the beginning of the lap neck and neck but the Bosun overtook Vicky Duncalf’s Topper on the first lap as did the Solo on the second. Unfortunately a capsize caused Geoff Floyd to retire on lap 3. Disasters began to afflict Linda Spiller; a double penalty turn near Dam Green reduced her lead, confusion about the course lost it, so Sue Murray’s laser 4.7 took over at the front of the fleet. As in the morning the Dabbs Bosun and Vicky Duncalf’s Topper were in contention. At one point the Topper touched the buoy at Dam Green and had to do a penalty allowing the Bosun past but at the beginning of lap 3 Vicky Duncalf overtook the Bosun and was never again headed by the bigger boat even if the gap between them continued to open and close. An unusual feature of the race was that on the long run from Pinky to Dam Green the wind was dead astern so that helms had the choice of putting their booms out to port or to starboard.

 

Rank HelmName CrewName Class PN Elapsed Corrected
1 Jane Anderson TOPPER 1334 0:57:54 0:43:24
2 Sue Murray LASER 4.7 1190 0:53:20 0:44:49
3 Linda Spiller LASER 4.7 1190 0:53:42 0:45:08
4 Vicki Duncalf TOPPER 1334 1:01:58 0:46:27
5 John Dabbs Robin Spiller BOSUN 1234 1:02:16 0:50:28
6 Geoff Floyd SOLO 1144 RET

Grateful thanks were given to Bob Sampson and Brian Pollard in a very cold safety boat, to Linda Spiller for running the first race and to Adam Hilton for running the second. The photos were a combined Pollard/Spiller/Hilton effort. 

Wednesday 7th October 2020 Race Report

 

There was a lull between Tuesday’s gales and Thursday’s gales. Wednesday afternoon’s wind was westerly and so gentle that it took a minute or two to get from the pontoon, in of the lee of the hill, to waters supplied with motive power. However in the middle of the Lake there was quite enough wind to necessitate sitting on the gunwale.  Buddy sailing (with compulsory mast float) was ruled possible, but a short course – up to Home 2 across to West White and back to Dam Green – was thought advisable to keep the little fleet together.

John Dabbs, with Penny Abbott in the Bosun, was broadside to the starting line in front of the advancing fleet which consisted of Adam Hilton with Stephanie Clarke in the other Bosun, Bob Sampson in his Laser and Leila Farmer in her Hartley. John put the helm down and crossed the line first, but in the view of his crew, a second or two too early. After a certain amount of discussion he turned back, leaving Bob Sampson’s Laser to power away. The leg from the start to Home 2 was fairly close to the wind and Leila Farmer wasn’t risking pulling her mainsail in far enough to spell danger in gusts and so lost ground to leeward. On lap 2 Adam Hilton touched the buoy at West White and after a certain amount of discussion with his crew did a penalty turn, nearly lapsing into irons in the process. His Bosun’s substantial lead over the sister Bosun was reduced but not lost. Laps were going by quickly so, after a shouted discussion, the race was extended from three laps to four and would have needed more than that to reach the regulation hour. No finish times were taken.

  1. Bob Sampson (Laser)
  2. Adam Hilton and Stephanie Clarke (Bosun)
  3. John Dabbs and Penny Abbott (Bosun)
  4. Leila Farmer (Hartley 12)

Many thanks to Jon Cefai (Commodore’s son-in-law) who took the pics.

27th September 2020 Race Reports

Frostbite 2

On a blustery but sunny morning only 3 boats took to the water, all well reefed. Astonishingly, all three boats were over the line at the start, so a General Recall had to be sounded & the starting sequence bean again! All OK with John leading, Vicki next and Melanie third as they made their way up to the mark in the middle of the lake, then taking a sharp port rounding of Middle Mark and on to the west side of the lake to round West White Mark. All boats were well challenged on the next leg to the very north if the lake and then it was a choice of which side to out your sail for the dead run down to Home 2 (in the middle of the lake for a sharp turn left to Inlet mark on the east bank of the lake). Two chose starboard tack and the Topper port tack – which seemed to pay off as Vicki caught up the lead Bosun of Melanie & Bob on the way to Inlet. The wind died on the second lap with Vicki keeping well up with Melanie. John Dabbs, slightly hampered by the extra crew and on a reefed sail, bought up the rear.

Exclude Rank HelmName CrewName Class PN Elapsed Corrected
1 Vicki Duncalf TOPPER 1334 0:48:30 0:36:21
X Melanie Sampson Bob Sampson BOSUN 1234 0:46:17 0:37:30
2 John Dabbs Paul Petvin & Penny Abbott BOSUN 1234 0:58:50 0:47:41
Jane Anderson OOD

Icicle 2

With winds moderating six boats set off in the afternoon. Vicki and Melanie & Bob had shaken out their reefs. Linda Spiller, Laser 4.7, had a cracking start closely followed by Melanie in the Bosun and Vicki’s Topper. Melanie (Bosun), Linda (Laser 4.7), Robin (Streaker Wave), Vicki (Topper), Penny (Laser 4.7), John (Bosun) was the order rounding Middle Mark. Melanie building a substantial lead on her way to Pinky Mark. At the beginning of lap 2 the positions had hardly changed, the Topper and Bosun of John dropping back a little. By the start of the last lap the fleet was well spaced with the Bosun of Melanie & Bob leading followed by both Laser 4.7s, the Streaker Wave, Topper and Bosun of John & Paul. And that was how the race ended.

Exclude Rank HelmName CrewName Class PN Elapsed Corrected
X Melanie Sampson Bob Sampson BOSUN 1234 0:38:55 0:31:32
1 Linda Spiller LASER 4.7 1190 0:41:17 0:34:42
2 Penny Abbott LASER 4.7 1190 0:41:27 0:34:50
3 Vicki Duncalf TOPPER 1334 0:46:37 0:34:57
4 Robin Spiller Streaker Wave 1217 0:43:32 0:35:46
5 John Dabbs Paul Petvin BOSUN 1234 0:50:40 0:41:04
Jane Anderson OOD

Thanks to Jane Anderson who ran the races and Robin Spiller for the photos

Wednesday 23rd September 2020 Race Report

Covid 19 Wednesday Race 7

The rain had stopped but it was cold and the wind was north-westerly, gusty and quite strong. Menacing fishermen lined the banks. Adam Hilton’s Solo led across the start line followed by John Dabbs’ Bosun with Bob Sampson crewing. Linda Spiller had the 4.7 on her Laser. Leila Farmer was courageous; her Hartley un-reefed. Louise and Colin Witchell had small sails on their Bosun. On the long beat up to Pinky Linda Spiller took over the lead. After the gybe round Pinky there was a gybe round West White and then a gybe round Middle. This last was vicious, since helms could round the buoy and find themselves sailing by the lee and having to gybe at maximum speed. This did for Adam Hilton whose Solo went into a terminal roll on lap 2; served him right; he devised the course. In the end only two boats completed the four laps, taking around fifty minutes to do so.

UTLSC PNs

Rank HelmName CrewName Class Rating Elapsed Corrected
1 Linda Spiller LASER 4.7 1190 0:47:20 0:39:47
2 John Dabbs Bob Sampson BOSUN 1234 0:50:05 0:40:35
3 Adam Hilton SOLO 1144 RET
3 Leila Farmer Hartley 12.2 1188 RET
3 Louise Witchell Colin Witchell BOSUN 1234 RET
6 Robin Spiller STREAKER WAVE 1217 OOD

 

Personal PNs

Rank HelmName CrewName Class Rating Elapsed Corrected
1 John Dabbs Bob Sampson BOSUN 1289 0:50:05 0:38:51
2 Linda Spiller LASER 4.7 1189 0:47:20 0:39:49
3 Adam Hilton SOLO 1136 RET
3 Leila Farmer Hartley 12.2 1188 RET
3 Louise Witchell Colin Witchell BOSUN 1234 RET
6 Robin Spiller STREAKER 1154 OOD

Many thanks to Robin Spiller who ran the race and took the pics.

20th September 2020 Race Report

Frostbite 1

Jane Anderson (Laser Radial) and Vicki Duncalf (Topper) were the leaders at the start. Adam Hilton (Solo) had crossed the line before them but he had anticipated the starting signal and had to duck back. The winds were easterly, reasonably consistent and quite strong enough to have sailors sitting comfortably on the gunwale. John Dabbs was doubtful about sailing his Bosun single-handed and was having rigging problems so he joined Colin and Louise Witchel in their Bosun. The sun shone more and more of the time as the day went on.

Paul Anderson (Officer of the Day) had designed a course which went no further north than Middle in order not to further aggravate the fishermen on the Cornwall bank who had already complained about the gig boats that rowed past them. The course made up for this loss by zig-zagging across the middle of the Lake in a manner too complex for the Commodore to follow. He retired. Jane Anderson completed four ten minute laps in the lead.

UTLSC PNs

Rank HelmName CrewName Class PN Elapsed Corrected
1 Jane Anderson LASER RADIAL 1115 39:23 0:35:19
2 Vicki Duncalf TOPPER 1334 47:11 0:35:22
3 Colin Witchell Louise Witchell BOSUN 1234 1:07:28 0:54:40
4 Adam Hilton SOLO 1144 RET
5 Paul Anderson LASER 1075 OOD

 

Icicle 1

The winds continued pleasant, the sun warm; perfect sailing weather. Anderson, Hilton and Duncalf crossed the line very close together. The Solo was perhaps a touch ahead and got round Dam Green in the lead. The Anderson Laser had taken over by the time they reached Zebra and remained ahead. Vicki Duncalf’s Topper held third place on the water and the Dabbs Bosun fourth. The handicaps promoted the Topper to second by one second!

Rank HelmName CrewName Class PN Elapsed Corrected
1 Jane Anderson LASER RADIAL 1115 40:45 0:36:33
2 Vicki Duncalf TOPPER 1334 49:18 0:36:57
3 Adam Hilton SOLO 1144 42:17 0:36:58
4 John Dabbs BOSUN 1234 56:24 0:45:42
5 Paul Anderson LASER 1075 OOD

Grateful thanks were given to Paul Anderson who ran the races and took the photographs.

13th September 2020 Race Report

Covid 19 Sunday Race 17

Eleven boats crossed the start line and made for Dam Green in warm sunshine and southerly winds that varied between faint and gentle. Of a bunch that included the Laser Radials of Sue Murray and Jane Anderson, the full-sailed Laser of Bob Sampson and the Solo of Adam Hilton, it was probably Jane Anderson who had started first; certainly it was she who rounded Dam Green first, free of the melee that followed. Adam Hilton emerged in second place on the run to Middle with Robin Spiller, who could possibly have demanded water from the Solo at the buoy, close behind and Bob Sampson rapidly making up ground. John Dabbs sailing alone in his Bosun and Graham Joyce (Laser Full) were the major gainers on the beat to West, the Bosun rounding the buoy second behind Jane Anderson. Bob Sampson made the bigger sail on his Laser pay dividends on the beat all the way back from Pinky to Dam Green and he led the fleet at the end of laps one two and three. Jane Anderson was consistently second but behind them places continued to be swapped; Robin Spiller, for example, was seventh at the end of lap one but fourth at the end of lap two and sixth at the end of the race. Applying the handicaps made major changes to the results.

UTLSC PNs

Rank HelmName CrewName Class PN Elapsed Corrected
1 Bob Sampson LASER 1075 50:26 0:46:55
2 Adam Hilton SOLO 1144 53:54 0:47:07
3 Jane Anderson LASER RADIAL 1115 52:50 0:47:23
4 Sue Murray LASER RADIAL 1115 52:51 0:47:24
5 Robin Spiller STREAKER 1133 55:00 0:48:33
6 John Dabbs BOSUN 1234 1:00:52 0:49:19
7 Penny Abbott LASER 1075 53:18 0:49:35
8 Vicki Duncalf TOPPER 1334 1:08:22 0:51:15
9 Roger Heasman Sally Wills BOSUN 1234 1:08:08 0:55:13
10 Graham Joyce LASER 1075 1:02:56 0:58:33
11 Geoff Floyd SOLO 1144 1:07:21 0:58:52

Personal PNs

Rank HelmName CrewName Class Personal PN Elapsed Corrected
1 John Dabbs BOSUN 1289 1:00:52 0:47:13
2 Adam Hilton SOLO 1136 53:54 0:47:27
3 Robin Spiller STREAKER 1154 55:00 0:47:40
4 Bob Sampson LASER 1049 50:26 0:48:05
5 Sue Murray LASER RADIAL 1098 52:51 0:48:08
6 Jane Anderson LASER RADIAL 1066 52:50 0:49:34
7 Penny Abbott LASER 1073 53:18 0:49:40
8 Vicki Duncalf TOPPER 1369 1:08:22 0:49:56
9 Geoff Floyd SOLO 1307 1:07:21 0:51:32
10 Roger Heasman Sally Wills BOSUN 1280 1:08:08 0:53:14
11 Graham Joyce LASER 1166 1:02:56 0:53:58

Covid 19 Sunday Race 18

The winds were light and changeable in much the same way as for the first race. Most competitors took a very similar time to complete three laps; Geoff Floyd taking a mere six seconds more in the second race! Penny Abbott (Laser Full) grabbed the lead through an ace tack that took her straight from around West to Dam Green, only to lose it again on the next lap by capsizing on the way to Pinky. Jane Anderson was the next of the Laser sailors with Bob Sampson taking time to assert himself but leading from the second lap onwards. Sue Murray, Adam Hilton and Robin Spiller swapped places once or twice and John Dabbs was again well up the fleet in his Bosun.

UTLSC PNs

Rank HelmName CrewName Class PN Elapsed Corrected
1 Jane Anderson LASER RADIAL 1115 53:03 0:47:35
2 John Dabbs BOSUN 1234 58:45 0:47:37
3 Adam Hilton SOLO 1144 54:34 0:47:42
4 Sue Murray LASER RADIAL 1115 53:14 0:47:45
5 Bob Sampson LASER 1075 52:25 0:48:46
6 Robin Spiller STREAKER 1133 56:05 0:49:30
7 Vicki Duncalf TOPPER 1334 1:08:40 0:51:28
8 Penny Abbott LASER 1075 56:15 0:52:20
9 Roger Heasman Sally Wills BOSUN 1234 1:09:18 0:56:10
10 Geoff Floyd SOLO 1144 1:07:27 0:58:58

 

Personal PNs

Rank HelmName CrewName Class Personal PN Elapsed Corrected
1 John Dabbs BOSUN 1289 58:45 0:45:35
2 Adam Hilton SOLO 1136 54:34 0:48:02
3 Sue Murray LASER RADIAL 1098 53:14 0:48:29
4 Robin Spiller STREAKER 1154 56:05 0:48:36
5 Jane Anderson LASER RADIAL 1066 53:03 0:49:46
6 Bob Sampson LASER 1049 52:25 0:49:58
7 Vicki Duncalf TOPPER 1369 1:08:40 0:50:09
8 Geoff Floyd SOLO 1307 1:07:27 0:51:36
9 Penny Abbott LASER 1073 56:15 0:52:25
10 Roger Heasman Sally Wills BOSUN 1280 1:09:18 0:54:08

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Grateful thanks were given to John Duncalf who ran the races and to Paul Anderson for help with launching and recovery.

Wednesday 9th September 2020 Race Report

Covid 19 Wednesday Race 6

It drizzled or it rained on the way to the Lake. For some there was fog. It wasn’t much better on arrival at the Lake; still very damp and with a wind considerably more powerful than forecast. Still five boats took to the water. Leila Farmer launched her Hartley for her first race, and sailing solo too! Nicky and John Buckett rigged their Bosun. Linda Spiller put a Radial on her Laser. Robin Spiller and Adam Hilton had standard sails on their usual boats.

Linda Spiller started well, took the lead and never lost it. But she was always chased by Adam Hilton’s Solo and for the first lap the Buckett Bosun was close behind too, Robin Spiller’s Streaker eventually replacing the Bosun as chasing boat. By the second lap the wind was much reduced and by the third the sun was out and warming the fleet. Leila farmer retired after two laps.

UTLSC PNs

Rank HelmName CrewName Class Rating Elapsed Corrected Points
1 Nicky Buckett John Buckett BOSUN 1234 44:08 0:35:46 1.0
2 Adam Hilton SOLO 1144 42:33 0:37:12 2.0
3 Linda Spiller LASER RADIAL 1115 41:47 0:37:28 3.0
4 Robin Spiller STREAKER 1133 43:27 0:38:21 4.0
5 Leila Farmer Hartley 12.2 1188 RET 6.0

 

Personal PNs

Rank HelmName CrewName Class Rating Elapsed Corrected Points
1 Nicky Buckett John Buckett BOSUN 1210 44:08 0:36:28 1.0
2 Adam Hilton SOLO 1136 42:33 0:37:27 2.0
3 Linda Spiller LASER RADIAL 1115 41:47 0:37:28 3.0
4 Robin Spiller STREAKER 1154 43:27 0:37:39 4.0
5 Leila Farmer Hartley 12.2 1188 RET 6.0

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Many thanks to Bob Sampson who got the race started.