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.

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)

Chocaholics

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.

1st September 2019 Race Report

Cup 7

In contrast to last week, a force 4-5 wind whipped white horses down the length of the lake, causing each of the Bosun fleet to elect to sail with 3 on board.  Unfortunately Brian Pollard’s mainsheet became entangled around the pontoon mooring cleat, causing a catastrophic and complete capsize before he had even set off.  Fortunately the only damage was a triple unwanted swim.

Meanwhile, Steve Axford’s Laser Radial crossed the start line, followed by James Pollard’s speedy Blaze which soon overtook.  Vicki Duncalf was next, first of the Toppers until a gear failure caused her retirement in the second casualty of the race.

As the laps progressed the Buckett/ Spiller Bosun overtook Jane Anderson’s Topper while the second Dabbs/ Wills /Witchell Bosun lost a battle with Robin Spiller’s Streaker.  In the handicap shuffle a well sailed Topper was the winner.

  1. Jane Anderson (Topper)
  2. Steve Axford (Laser Radial)
  3. Nicky Buckett, John Buckett and Linda Spiller (Bosun)
  4. James Pollard (Blaze)
  5. Robin Spiller (Streaker Wave)
  6. John Dabbs, Sally Wills and Louise Witchell (Bosun)

Retired: Vicki Duncalf (Topper)

 

Pursuit 7

As the gusts continued unabated, the slower boats started earlier and the faster set off at intervals to chase, over the race’s allocated 67 minutes.  Vicki Duncalf made up for earlier disappointment, staying ahead of Jane Anderson as the two Toppers led the field, until finally both were overtaken by the Pollard brothers, James having made his way determinedly through the fleet from the rear.

Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert had dried off and the three Bosuns had start times one after another, giving an interesting contest, especially as one crew was one person heavier.  Their order completely reversed, Brian emerged the victor.

The two Laser Radial helms worked hard, but made limited progress, while Robin Spiller was powerless to prevent faster boats overtaking him.

  1. Nathan Pollard (Laser 4.7)
  2. James Pollard (Blaze)
  3. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  4. Jane Anderson (Topper)
  5. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  6. Nicky Buckett, John Buckett and Linda Spiller (Bosun)
  7. Bob Sampson (Laser Radial)
  8. Steve Axford (Laser Radial)
  9. John Dabbs and Sally Wills (Bosun)
  10. Robin Spiller (Streaker Wave)

Grateful thanks were given to John Duncalf and Paul Anderson who ran the races and to Mandy Pollard for the photographs.

25th August 2019 Race Report

Tamar 4

What winds there were came from the Northwest but they were very gentle and sometimes the Lake was reduced to glassy calm.  The start was from the Dam towards the top of the Lake.  Vicky Duncalf’s Topper led away but Nathan Pollard’s Laser Full had soon glided into the lead with Paul Whybrow (Solo) and Linda Spiller (Laser Full) following.  Adam Hilton’s Aero 7 had crossed the line well before the horn, so early he had time to return and  still make a half decent start.  The poor Bosuns (Cilla Gilbert with Brian Pollard and Sally Wills with Paul Petvin) got stuck windless and took an age to start.  A puff of wind lifted the leaders on the way from Home 2 to West and Nathan Pollard got himself a substantial lead on the way to Pinky.  Behind him Linda Spiller and Paul Whybrow diced and then came a scrap between Robin Spiller (Streaker) Graham Joyce (Laser Full) and the Aero.  On the way back Paul Whybrow was still close enough to pinch the following wind from Linda Spiller, the Bosuns and the Topper were still a tight group with Sally Wills generally the leading helm, but the lap had been so slow that several boats retired, only four completing the race with Paul Whybrow’s advantageous handicap cancelling out the four minute lead on the water that Linda Spiller had over him.

  1. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  2. Paul Whybrow (Solo)
  3. Linda Spiller (Laser Full)
  4. Graham Joyce (Laser Full)

Retired: Robin Spiller (Streaker), Cilla Gilbert and Brian Pollard (Bosun), Adam Hilton (Aero 7), Vicki Duncalf (Topper), Sally Wills and Paul Petvin (Bosun)

 

Sailboat 7

The Aero 7 managed to start legally this time and was still leading at Home 2 before being overtaken by Nathan Pollard and then Linda Spiller who kept a little wind after West when the rest of the fleet had lost it.  The Wayfarer of Viki and Mike Herbert-Coulson had signed on for this race and after a hesitant start was gradually catching up.  By Middle on the way back towards the Dam it was third behind the leading Lasers, but a breath of wind from astern closed the fleet up, with Robin Spiller the major beneficiary.  The Aero paused for rig adjustments and Graham Joyce had the misfortune to miss a buoy.  The course was shortened to two laps – a lap was taking about half an hour to complete – and Linda Spiller came in well in the lead.

  1. Linda Spiller (Laser Full)
  2. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  3. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
  4. Cilla Gilbert and Brian Pollard (Bosun)
  5. Viki and Mike Herbert-Coulson (Wayfarer)
  6. Paul Petvin and Sally Wills (Bosun)
  7. Adam Hilton (Aero 7)

Retired: Graham Joyce (Laser Full)

 

Grateful thanks were given to Jane and Paul Anderson who ran the races and to Mandy Pollard for the photographs.

21st August 2019 Race Report

Teatime Tankard 5

The Buckett’s Bosun and the Hilton/Jiggens sister ship went over the line at much the same time but it was Nathan Pollard’s big sailed Laser which soon took the lead and by the time the fleet had made it’s way up to Far the order behind him was Sue Murray’s Laser, Roger Heasman’s Wayfarer and the flying Buckett Bosun.  Linda Spiller had had West White go wrong on her but clawed back a couple of places from seventh.  Leila Farmer was intrepid, touring the course in a Pico; her first race.

  1. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  2. Sue Murray (Laser Radial)
  3. Nicky and John Buckett (Bosun)
  4. Cilla Gilbert and Brian Pollard (Bosun)
  5. Adam Hilton and Bob Jiggens(Bosun)
  6. Roger Heasman and Sally Wills (Wayfarer)
  7. Linda Spiller (Laser Radial)
  8. Geoff Floyd (Solo)

Many thanks to Rob Spiller who ran the race.

18th Aug 2019 Race Report

Ladies / Gents / Gosling 6

Seven boats took to the water on a breezy day, with white horses running across the lake from the west and frequent gusts rippling the slate grey surface.  However, only six competitors crossed the start line, Robin Spiller having decided his Streaker was behaving just a little too much like a bucking bronco for his liking.

Of the two Laser 4.7s Nathan Pollard was away first, easing ahead of Bob Sampson and establishing a lead which he went on to stretch lap by lap, keeping Bob in second place.

Behind them a race long battle developed between the Bosun of Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert and Jane Anderson in her Topper, Jane advancing close to the Bosun’s stern at times, only to fall behind again as gusts filled the larger boat’s sails.  Finally, on the last lap, the Bosun stalled while rounding Inlet buoy, allowing Jane past.  She took full advantage of the opportunity and stormed ahead to the finish.

Vicki Duncalf had cautiously reefed her Topper’s sail, but still managed to stay in front of John Dabbs and Sally Wills in the second Bosun, until the fast broad reach down the lake to Dam Green buoy.  She was later lapped by the Lasers but kept up a good enough pace for 5th on handicap.  The first four final places were unusually unchanged from finish order.

  1. Nathan Pollard (Laser 4.7)
  2. Bob Sampson (Laser 4.7))
  3. Jane Anderson (Topper)
  4. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  5. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  6. John Dabbs and Sally Wills (Bosun)

Tamar 9

To do well in this series sailors with choice must always use the same boat and rig, so Nathan Pollard bravely decided to change to a much larger full size sail.  He was a little lucky in that the wind dropped slightly once a violent squall had passed over the lake, but he had to draw on all his skill to stay in control beating against the strongest area of wind and planing down the exciting broad reaches of the course.  He soon built up a strong lead over the rest of the fleet.

Bob Sampson followed, managing to pull well away from the Pollard/ Gilbert Bosun by the end of the second lap.

Jane Anderson again took on a Bosun challenge, this time with John Dabbs, Sally Wills and third crew member/bailer Robin Spiller.  Close behind for 2 laps, her Topper was propelled past during an impressive plane down the lake on lap 3.

The final lap brought the only capsizes of the day.  Firstly Bob, while emerging from problematic Inlet buoy, then sadly Nathan as he approached the finish line.  Although both were quickly up and sailing, six and ten minutes respectively ahead of the Topper, these upsets cost Bob the win and possibly Nathan a higher place, once handicaps corrected their times.

  1. Jane Anderson (Topper)
  2. Bob Sampson (Laser 4.7)
  3. 3.Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  4. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  5. John Dabbs, Sally Wills and Robin Spiller (Bosun)

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

11th August 2019 Race Report

Commodore 6

Very little of Upper Tamar Lake was available to the sailing club – a fishing competition packed the Cornwall bank from the middle of the Lake to the top and, with water levels low, there was no possibility of boats keeping the required thirty yards from the bank.  So the Vice Commodore devised a short course that criss-crossed the eastern half of the centre of the Lake and the south, next to the dam.  To produce an hour’s racing the sailors ended up having to complete eight laps of this truncated course.  There was a useful amount of north westerly wind remaining from the previous week’s storms and the fleet went over the starting line at some speed, Bob Sampson’s Laser Radial leading, followed by the Pollard/Gilbert Bosun and the two Toppers.  The first buoy was Home 2, reachable in one tack by the more efficient boat/helm combinations, then came a fast reach to Inlet, a tight turn and two tacks to get to Middle, a more relaxing run back to the Dam and finally a dash back over the start line.  It took a breathless seven or eight minutes.  Bob Sampson continued to lead, the other Lasers soon formed up behind him, despite Steve Axford having to do penalty turns for impeding Nathan Pollard.  The Axford Radial finally passed its Pollard sister on lap 6.  Sue Murray’s Topper spent the race behind them until overtaken by Brian Pollard’s flying Bosun, which finished eight minutes behind the leader, little enough for his personal handicap to give him the victory.

  1. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  2. Bob Sampson (Laser Radial)
  3. Sue Murray (Topper)
  4. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  5. Steve Axford (Laser Radial)
  6. Nathan Pollard (Laser Radial)
  7. Roger Heasman and Sally Wills (Bosun)
  8. Adam Hilton and Paul Petvin (Bosun)

Retired: Robin Spiller (Streaker)

 

Pursuit 6

Vicki Duncalf started first and stayed there until lap 7, despite touching a buoy and doing a penalty turn.  Sue Murray, now in her Laser 4.7, started third, overtook the Heasman/Wills Bosun and stayed at second for a handful of laps until overtaken by Bob Sampson and Steve Axford who had been swapping places for some time.  Bob retired leaving Steve the winner.  The Pollard and Gilbert crew easily won the Bosun race, the Heasman/Wills boat retiring after a contretemps involving Middle buoy and the Petvin/Hilton Bosun.

  1. Steve Axford (Laser Radial)
  2. Sue Murray (Laser 4.7)
  3. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  4. Nathan Pollard (Laser Radial)
  5. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  6. Paul Petvin and Adam Hilton (Bosun)

Retired: Roger Heasman and Sally Wills (Bosun), Bob Sampson (Laser Radial)

 

Grateful thanks were given to Linda Spiller and Bob Bennett who ran the races and to Mandy Pollard for the photographs.