11th November 2018 race report

Frostbite 7

For the last races of the season the fleet was made up of four Bosuns, two Toppers, a Laser Radial and a Laser Full. It was a day when the sun shone, the wind was south westerly and as fluky as wind can be. Vicky Duncalf’s Topper was the first to take off from the far side start line with second Adam Hilton at the helm of his Bosun, John Dabbs crewing, a foredeck behind. Nathan Pollard, braving the monstrous gusts in his Laser Full, started fifth but was soon past them on the way to Inlet and was first from then on, despite a couple of brief capsizes, with an eight minute lead at the end. For the rest Inlet was chaotic; the wind funnelled in between the two hillsides, accentuating the gusts and making it exceptionally hard to round the buoy and tack away. Several boats got stuck in irons, boats not stuck in irons ran into boats that were; the Hilton/Dabbs Bosun emerged still second. Subsequent laps at Inlet were hardly better but at least the fleet was more strung out by then. The retirements began. Toby Tobias was single-handed in his Bosun – he withdrew. Linda Spiller capsized at the end of lap 1 – she withdrew. At Far on lap 3 Sally Wills helming the Club’s Rob Eason Bosun, with Roger Heasman crewing, found herself holding a tiller without a rudder attached. They had to be towed home.

  1. Jane Anderson (Topper)
  2. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  3. Adam Hilton and John Dabbs (Bosun)
  4. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  5. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)

Retired: Toby Tobias (Bosun), Linda Spiller (Laser Radial), Sally Wills and Roger Heasman (Bosun)


Icicle 7

John Dabbs, now helming the Commodore’s Bosun, started first with next Vicki Duncalf. Nathan Pollard started third but got to Inlet first and was never subsequently headed. Linda Spiller started fifth but was second by the time they rounded West. Brian Pollard started nowhere but a gust or two got him coming up fast to leeward of the rest.  He overtook John Dabbs on the way to West but by then the Lasers were well away, Nathan leading Linda by a couple of minutes at the end of lap 1 and three at the finish. This was not enough to overcome the handicap difference. Linda kept her second place but Nathan was demoted to third. Jane Anderson who’d spent the race at fifth, constantly threatening the Dabbs Bosun in front of her, got moved up to first.

  1. Jane Anderson (Topper)
  2. Linda Spiller (Laser 4.7)
  3. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  4. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  5. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  6. John Dabbs and Adam Hilton (Bosun)

Special thanks to Nicky and John Buckett who were Officers of the Day, to Penny Abbott and Robin Spiller who were in the tug boat and to Mandy Pollard who took the photographs.

4th November 2018 race report

Frostbite 6

 The start was towards the Dam, the winds being southerly and gentle, and Jane Anderson (Laser Radial) was the first of nine boats to cross the line, with Nathan Pollard (Laser Full) second and Sally Wills, helming the club’s Bosun with Roger Heasman as crew, third. This was a day when the few minutes after the starts were crucial and very little overtaking took place subsequently. By the end of the first lap Nathan Pollard had grabbed the lead from Jane Anderson and Adam Hilton (Solo) had cleared the rest of the fleet to follow behind these two leaders. Robin Spiller (Streaker) was next and Penny Abbott got her Laser Radial up to fifth ahead of the three Bosuns during the second lap. These laps were taking about twenty minutes and so the race officer shortened the contest to three of them. The Solo finished three minutes behind the leading Laser, little enough to give Adam Hilton the victory on handicap.

1.      Adam Hilton (Solo)

2.      Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)

3.      Robin Spiller (Streaker)

4.      Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)

5.      Sally Wills and Roger Heasman (Bosun)

6.      Jane Chadney and John Dabbs (Bosun)

7.      Penny Abbott (Laser Radial)

8.      Cilla Gilbert and Brian Pollard (Bosun)

9.      Vicki Duncalf (Topper)


Icicle 6

Jane Anderson again started first with next Roger Heasman, now bossing the club Bosun, then Adam Hilton’ Solo and Robin Spiller’s Streaker. But more important was the order around the first buoy. With Dam Green so close to the start line and with the wind just west of south and therefore a choice of starting on port and coming up to the buoy on starboard or the other way round, there was plenty of scope for conflict as the fleet all arrived at pretty much the same time. As an example, Roger Heasman, on port, lost time having to dive behind the starboard tacking Nathan Pollard. In any event the leaders as they ran up to Middle emerged as the familiar Anderson, Pollard, Hilton trio. Nathan overtook Jane on the first lap but never got far enough ahead to overcome the handicap difference between  Radial and  Full sails. Penny Abbott (Laser Radial) got pushed well out at Dam Green but asserted herself on the way up the Lake and spent the race at fourth ahead of Robin Spiller. The wind was slightly fresher and lap times went down enough for John Duncalf, running the race, to allow it to run the full four laps – to no avail; no overtaking took place after the first lap! 

1.      Adam Hilton (Solo)

2.      Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)

3.      Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)

4.      Robin Spiller (Streaker)

5.      Penny Abbott (Laser Radial)

6.      Roger Heasman and Sally Wills (Bosun)

7.      John Dabbs and Jane Chadney (Bosun)

8.      Vicki Duncalf (Topper)

9.      Cilla Gilbert and Brian Pollard (Bosun)


Many thanks to John Duncalf who was Officer of the Day, to Sue Murray and Bob Sampson who were in the safety boat and to Mandy Pollard who took the photographs.

28th October 2018 race report

Frostbite 5

The Lasers flew little 4.7 sails, John Dabbs helmed a Bosun with small sails and two people crewing and Jane Anderson was cautious in a Topper. Brian Pollard went out in his usual full-sailed Bosun but he too had two crew to help keep him upright. Only Vicki Duncalf, sailing her familiar Topper, made no concession to the very strong winds and stronger gusts. All the single-handed dinghies capsized at least once. It was cold but sunny.

John Dabbs, with Sally Wills and Adam Hilton, made a very good start and set off for West White in close company with Jane Anderson but the Lasers soon passed, Nathan Pollard in front. At the end of the lap it was Jane Anderson third but on the run between Inlet and Middle on lap 2 a powerful gust, perhaps additionally cork-screwed by having gone past two Bosuns, up-ended Jane’s Topper and tossed her into the water. She retired. Brian Pollard overtook the Dabbs Bosun and, on the third and slightly calmer lap, managed to exploit the advantage that his larger spread of canvas offered and get, by the end, a two and a half minutes lead on his competitor.

  1. Nathan Pollard (Laser 4.7)
  2. Bob Sampson (Laser 4.7)
  3. Brian Pollard, Cilla Gilbert and Linda Spiller (Bosun)
  4. John Dabbs, Sally Wills and Adam Hilton (Bosun)
  5. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)

Retired: Jane Anderson (Topper)


Icicle 5

The winds were much the same for the afternoon race but the gusts had moderated. The fleet was down to five and the Dabbs Bosun complement down to two. The fortunes of the Bosuns were reversed; Brian Pollard had a brilliant start – first over the line – but John Dabbs feared his run to the line would take him over it prematurely. He turned back and started last and from there it took him most of the first lap to overtake the fast starting (but now reefed) Topper of Vicki Duncalf. The Lasers were soon away and planing up the Lake, their hulls barely touching the water. No one enjoys sheer speed as much as a Laser sailor. But it wasn’t Bob Sampson’s day, given the capsizes and the missed buoy; Nathan Pollard led him by a minute at the end.

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

Many thanks to Alan Comber and John Weller who were officers of the day, as well as to Roger Heasman and Robin Spiller who had volunteered to operate the safety boat.

21st October 2018 race report

Frostbite 4


The sun shone, the winds were light and fitful and there were so many boats over the line at the start that there had to be a general recall. There was again one boat over the line on the second start, Alan Comber’s Enterprise (John Weller crewing), but the rest of the ten boats got away with Jane Anderson (Laser Full) in the lead and Sue Murray (Laser Full) close on her transom. Somewhere near the first buoy, Zebra, there was an incident involving Jane Anderson and Jane Chadney (at the helm of a Club Bosun with Paul Petvin crewing). Both did penalty turns. At the top of the course the Anderson and Murray Lasers led with the two Solos of Paul Whybrow and Adam Hilton second and third, Nathan Pollard’s Laser Full fourth, then Robin Spiller’s Streaker, the Bosuns, the Enterprise and the Gull. On the long run back down the Lake from Pinkie to Dam Green the Solos changed places in very slow motion but Nathan Pollard couldn’t overtake and join the leading Laser bunch until the beginning of the new lap. After that the order became more established with the Enterprise the only overtaker. Jane Anderson finished a minute and a half ahead of Sue Murray but Adam Hilton’s Solo was only three minutes behind her and the handicap gave him the victory.

1.      Adam Hilton (Solo)

2.      John Dabbs (Gull)

3.      Jane Anderson (Laser Full)

4.      Paul Whybrow (Solo)

5.      Sue Murray (Laser Full)

6.      Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)

7.      Robin Spiller (Streaker)

8.      Jane Chadney and Paul Petvin (Bosun)

9.      Alan Comber and John Weller (Enterprise)

10.  Cilla Gilbert and Brian Pollard (Bosun)


Icicle 4


The Laser fleet went up to five with the addition of Bob Sampson and James Pollard. It dominated the front of the race with Paul Whybrow’s Solo – fourth round the first buoy and then briefly in the lead – as the only intruder. Robin Spiller (Streaker) followed closely and the Enterprise was well placed on much of the first lap with John Dabb’s Bosun (Jane Chadney now crewing) and John Buckett’s Otter not far behind. Bob Sampson started lap 2 inches ahead of Jane Anderson. He remained in the lead. Nathan Pollard eventually got past Jane Anderson and James Pollard made it an all Laser top five over the finish line. The handicap rewarded Paul Whybrow, who’d kept the gap to the leader down to three minutes. Unfortunately Bob Sampson had to be disqualified. He was already round Dam Green and close-hauled on port when Robin Spiller came running towards that buoy on starboard with his boom right out. They clashed but Robin had right of way. 

1.      Paul Whybrow (Solo)

2.      Adam Hilton (Solo)

3.      Robin Spiller (Streaker)

4.      Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)

5.      Jane Anderson (Laser Full)

6.      Vicki Duncalf (Topper)

7.      Sue Murray (Laser Radial)

8.      John Buckett (Otter)

9.      James Pollard (Laser Full)

10.  John Dabbs and Jane Chadney (Bosun)

11.  Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)

12.  Alan Comber and John Weller (Enterprise)

Disqualified: Bob Sampson (Laser Full)


Many thanks to Linda Spiller and John Savage who were officers of the day, to Bob Sampson who volunteered to operate the safety boat and to Mandy Pollard who took the photographs.  


14th October 2018 race report

Frostbite 3

The morning had been wet and blustery but at noon, as the first race started, the sun came out and the gusts toned down, making for a very nice day’s racing. The winds were from points north of east so the nearest thing to a beating start that James Pollard, race officer on the day, could design was a Home 2 startline aimed at Dam Green, where the usual push and shove took place as fourteen boats tried to go round at much the same moment. Nathan Pollard emerged in the lead on the reach to Zebra and the beat to Inlet. He was closely followed by Bob Sampson in the other full-sailed Laser in the day’s fleet. These two dominated the front of the race and stayed in the lead even when the handicaps were applied. A trio of Laser Radials came along next – Sue Murray’s, Linda Spiller’s and Penny Abbott’s – but between and around them, and having a fine race, was the Enterprise of Alan Comber and John Weller. There were four Bosuns sailing of which Roger Heasman’s (Sally Wills crewing) was the consistent leader, gaining third place after handicapping. And there were two Toppers, Vicki Duncalf’s and Jane Anderson’s, somewhat tangled up in Bosuns, and the familiar yellow-hulled Solo twins of Geoff Floyd and Adam Hilton.

The difference in Topper results between the morning and the afternoon is interesting. It was a bit windier in the afternoon. The morning race (Frostbite 3) was 3 laps and the afternoon race (Icicle 3) was 4 laps.

Rank Class HelmName CrewName PY Elapsed Corrected Points
1 LASER Nathan Pollard 1073 0:40:35 0:37:49 1.0
2 LASER Bob Sampson 1073 0:40:45 0:37:59 2.0
3 BOSUN Roger Heasman Sally Willis 1219 0:46:47 0:38:23 3.0
4 LASER RADIAL Sue Murray 1109 0:43:16 0:39:01 4.0
5 SOLO Adam Hilton 1148 0:44:55 0:39:08 5.0
6 LASER RADIAL Linda Spiller 1109 0:44:49 0:40:25 6.0
7 BOSUN Brian Pollard Cilla Gilbert 1219 0:49:44 0:40:48 7.0
8 LASER RADIAL Penny Abbott 1109 0:45:20 0:40:53 8.0
9 BOSUN John Dabbs Jane Chadney 1219 0:49:57 0:40:59 9.0
10 TOPPER Jane Anderson 1330 0:55:57 0:42:04 10.0
11 ENTERPRISE Alan Comber John Weller 1116 0:47:05 0:42:11 11.0
12 TOPPER Vicki Duncalf 1330 0:56:09 0:42:13 12.0
13 SOLO Geoff Floyd 1148 0:50:14 0:43:45 13.0
14 BOSUN Toby Tobias Paul Whybrow 1219 0:55:54 0:45:51 14.0
15 LASER James Pollard 1073 OOD 15.0

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Icicle 3

There were additions to the morning’s fast starters; it was probably Vicki Duncalf first over the line with Jane Chadney (now helming the Commodore’s Bosun with John Dabbs crewing) and Adam Hilton not far behind. But Bob Sampson got round Dam Green first with Nathan Pollard second and they again dominated the race although in the reverse order from the morning. However for a while Nathan fell back to third; it was crucial, in both races, to get between Zebra and Inlet in one tack. If the boat (or it’s helm) couldn’t point high enough places were liable to be lost. This may have been what happened to Nathan’s Laser; in any event he had to overtake the Hilton Solo later in Lap 1. The Laser Radials had their usual ding dong, with Penny Abbott the eventual winner over Sue Murray and Linda Spiller salvaging sixth place on the water after a series of mishaps. Alan Comber’s Enterprise again led the double-handers for much of the race with Jane Chadney in the leading Bosun behind it until the two boats collided at Middle, Jane emerging from penalty turns in front. At the end Adam Hilton’s Solo was only a minute and a half behind Bob Sampson’s leading Laser, little enough for the handicap to give the victory to the Solo.

Rank Class HelmName CrewName PY Elapsed Corrected Points
1 SOLO Adam Hilton 1148 0:54:00 0:47:02 1.0
2 LASER Bob Sampson 1073 0:51:23 0:47:53 2.0
3 LASER Nathan Pollard 1073 0:51:50 0:48:18 3.0
4 TOPPER Jane Anderson 1330 1:04:23 0:48:25 4.0
5 TOPPER Vicki Duncalf 1330 1:04:58 0:48:51 5.0
6 LASER RADIAL Penny Abbott 1109 0:54:23 0:49:02 6.0
7 LASER RADIAL Sue Murray 1109 0:54:27 0:49:06 7.0
8 BOSUN Jane Chadney John Dabbs 1219 0:59:55 0:49:09 8.0
9 LASER RADIAL Linda Spiller 1109 0:56:12 0:50:41 9.0
10 BOSUN Sally Willis Roger Heasman 1219 1:03:14 0:51:52 10.0
11 BOSUN Toby Tobias Paul Whybrow 1219 1:03:57 0:52:28 11.0
12 SOLO Geoff Floyd 1148 1:00:32 0:52:44 12.0
13 ENTERPRISE Alan Comber John Weller 1116 1:00:07 0:53:52 13.0
14 BOSUN Cilla Gilbert Brian Pollard 1219 RET 15.0
14 LASER James Pollard 1073 OOD 15.0

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7th October 2018 race report

Frostbite 2

With very light winds being presented to sailors for the morning race, 13 set off in almost summer-like sunshine.  The fickle winds caused all sorts of problems for everyone at the start – Bob Sampson (Laser) and Vicki Duncalf (Topper) were the wrong side of the line at the start and had to duck under everyone advancing towards the to start their race.  Nathan Pollard (Laser) was first around Dam Buoy, followed by the rest of the fleet in various orders and the flat airs still gave position problems.  Once Vicki managed to cross the line to start (after reversing some of the way!) she made good progress as the wind filled in here and there.

Paul Whybrow (Solo) and John Buckett (Otter) made particularly good progress.   Paul was having a particularly excellent race, sailing along behind the leading Lasers and snapping at their heels.  As the first boats finished, the wind at the upper end of the lake filled in allowing those behind to do an excellent catch-up, and all arrived within a few minutes of each other for lunch!  Paul Whybrow’s persistence and light airs skill gave him first place on handicap!

  1. Paul Whybrow (Solo)
  2. John Buckett (Otter)
  3. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  4. John Dabbs (Gull)
  5. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
  6. Sue Murray (Laser Radial)
  7. Nathan Pollard (Laser)
  8. Linder Spiller (Laser)
  9. Bob Sampson (Laser)
  10. Sally Wills & Jane Chadney (Bosun)
  11. Graham Joyce (Laser)
  12. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  13. Cilla Gilbert & Brian Pollard (Bosun)
  14. Alan Comber & John Weller (Enterprise)


Icicle 2

 The wind had risen slightly over lunchtime and was more usable in the afternoon.  Brian and Cilla (Bosun) were over the line at the start and had to return.  Everyone else managed to get away reasonable cleanly, but it was Sue Murray and Bob Sampson in their Lasers who led the fleet up to West Mark.  Robin Spiller had had an excellent start and was lying in 3rd place in his Streaker, closely followed by Paul Whybrow (Solo) and Nathan and Linda in their Laser full rigs.  On the leg back down to the Dam, Sue Murray confused herself by passing the right side of Zebra mark and then decided that was not right and proceeded to the wrong side of Zebra mark (which then took some unravelling to get her back on track).  We all do it!!  By the end of the first lap the Gull of John Dabbs, John Buckett’s Otter and the 2 Bosuns crossed the line to commence the 2nd lap virtually abreast each other.  Jane Chadney and Sally Wills came to grief in their Bosun hitting Dam buoy.  Nathan sailed an excellent race to finish 2nd to Bob Sampson who took line honours.  However, it was Robin Spiller’s afternoon; he sailed a nice steady race to finish first on handicap!

  1. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
  2. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  3. Bob Sampson (Laser)
  4. Nathan Pollard (Laser)
  5. John Dabbs (Gull)
  6. Sue Murray (Laser Radial)
  7. Paul Whybrow (Solo)
  8. Linda Spiller (Laser)
  9. John Buckett (Otter) and Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  10. Jane Chadney &Sally Wills (Bosun)
  11. Alan Comber & John Weller (Enterprise)
  12. Brian Pollard & Cilla Gilbert (Bosun).

Grateful thanks to Steve Axford for Race Officer Duties and for writing these reports.

30th September 2018 race report

Frostbite 1

There was a lot of wind and cloud and, as they rigged their boats, rain; force 4 gusting to 5, it proved to be.  Some sailors turned up and signed in thinking they would sail their single handed dinghies, but found themselves asking whether they could help crew double-handers.  Those single-handers that did venture onto the water (Robin Spiller’s blew over twice before he’d even got in it) flew small sails, except for Nathan Pollard’s Laser Radial and that was only because he had forgotten to bring his 4.7.  Sue Murray (Laser 4.7) got off to a flyer; not quite as much of a flyer as Roger Heasman’s Club-owned Bosun (Sally Wills and Penny Abbott crewing) which was over the line and got a toot on the starting horn to go back.  Then the horn stuck on and much of the fleet thought it must be a general recall and started back.  But it wasn’t.  Nathan Pollard grabbed the lead and the other Lasers followed, Sue Murray in front of Linda Spiller.  Jane Anderson was the lead Topper in fourth and Adam Hilton (Solo), who’d wasted a lot of time at the start, got himself past the jolly three-up Bosuns, and up to fifth.  John Dabbs with Jane Chadney and Paul Petvin (Bosun) led the other Topper of Vicki Duncalf and the other Solo of Geoff Floyd.  The other two Bosuns brought up the rear.

  1. Jane Anderson (Topper)
  2. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  3. Nathan Pollard (Laser Radial)
  4. Sue Murray (Laser 4.7)
  5. Linda Spiller (Laser 4.7)
  6. John Dabbs, Jane Chadney and Paul Petvin (Bosun)
  7. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  8. Brian Pollard, John Buckett and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  9. Geoff Floyd (Solo)
  10. Roger Heasman, Sally Wills and Penny Abbott (Bosun)

Icicle 1

The field was reduced; the Club Bosun that John Dabbs had helmed wouldn’t allow the mainsail to go up the mast!  Brian Pollard and Co. shot over the line first with Sue Murray, Adam Hilton and Nathan Pollard following.  By the time they had rounded Zebra, Inlet and West and were tacking up to Pinkie, Nathan Pollard had taken the lead, way ahead of Sue Murray and a close fought battle between Linda Spiller, Adam Hilton and the Pollard Bosun.  The Toppers followed.  At the end of the lap, Linda Spiller was briefly up-ended, allowing Adam Hilton to get ahead, but not for long.  Her Laser planed past him on the way from Inlet to West, just as it had on lap 1. Jane Anderson missed Zebra, had to go back and work her way up from last which she did, getting up to sixth, but an eleven minute deficit was too great to upset the lead of the front two Lasers even when the handicaps were applied.

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

Many thanks to Paul Anderson who ran the races and to Mandy Pollard who took the photographs.

23rd September 2018 race report

Sailboat 7

A cool blustery morning saw only five boats venturing onto the choppy water to sail the final sailboat race.

Jane Anderson (Topper) was smartly off the mark first followed closely by Nathan Pollard (Laser radial) and then the three Bosuns, although Commodore Adam Hilton was in reverse gear for a few moments.

All then tacked up the lake gradually showing an increase in confidence as they became acclimatised to the gusts. Nathan soon got into his stride and forged a good lead as he broad reached back down the lake from the Pinkie buoy. John Dabbs and crew Sally Wills (Bosun) decided to call it a day as Pinkie presented a big challenge with fishermen close by and especially difficult conditions.  Adam Hilton and new member Paul Petvin found this to their cost as they capsized here a few moments afterwards. They quickly righted the boat but retired due to being helped and feeling cold.

The remaining three boats sailed incredibly well in the tough conditions with Nathan keeping his lead, but close on his heels in the final lap were Jane and then Brian Pollard and crew Cilla Gilbert (Bosun) On handicap the results were as follows…

  1. Jane Anderson
  2. Nathan Pollard
  3. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert

Retired: John Dabbs and Sally Wills (Bosun), Adam Hilton and Paul Petvin (Bosun)

Grateful thanks were given to Vicki and John Duncalf for running the race and writing this report and to Mandy Pollard for the photographs.

16th September 2018 race report

Cup 8

Jane Anderson (Laser 4.7) started a touch too soon and had to go back. Bob Sampson (Laser Full) got it dead right and was the first around Dam Green in a start made tricky by a fitful south west wind that did not guarantee getting from Home 1 to Dam Green in one tack. Adam Hilton (Solo) followed Bob closely but then there was a gap before the rest came round – Steve Axford (Laser Full), the Bosuns, the rest of the Lasers and Robin Spiller (Streaker). Bob Sampson extended his lead as he made his way up, round Middle, then West, to Pinkie. The beat back was achieved, that lap, without tacking, but every inch of windward water needed to be hoarded and on later laps everyone had to tack as the wind shifted. The Solo remained in second place until Steve Axford (Laser Full) caught up at Dam Green at the beginning of the second lap. These two were luckier with the wind near the Dam; Bob Sampson had lost a lot of time trying to find the motive power to get himself round Dam Green. Nathan Pollard was the next Laser Full to get free of the pack and come up to the leaders; he overtook the Solo at Pinkie on lap 2 but never troubled the front two. At the start of lap 2 Jane Anderson had caught up with Penny Abbott’s Radial and Sue Murray’s 4.7 and overtook. Brian Pollard with Cilla Gilbert began as the leading Bosun but were overtaken by the Sally Wills, Roger Heasman boat. Poor Robin Spiller, who’d believed the forecasts of powerful winds and only brought a small sail for his Streaker, had his woes compounded by forgetting to leave Zebra to port. He retired.

  1. Bob Sampson (Laser Full)
  2. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  3. Steve Axford (Laser Full)
  4. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  5. Jane Anderson (Laser 4.7)
  6. Sue Murray (Laser 4.7)
  7. Sally Wills and Roger Heasman (Bosun)
  8. Penny Abbott (Laser Radial)
  9. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)

Retired, Robin Spiller (Streaker)


Ladies/Gents/Gosling Cups 7

With similar winds lap times remained much the same for the afternoon race at around fifteen minutes, but this time Jane Anderson did successfully get away first followed by Steve Axford, Adam Hilton and Bob Sampson. The big sails of Steve’s and Bob’s Lasers soon disposed of Jane’s 4.7 but it took the Solo a lot longer, despite having not far off double the 4.7’s canvas. Bob caught up with Steve and strove valiantly all race to overtake him. The titanic struggle often took them off the fastest course, probably contributing to their not getting the top places when the handicaps were applied. Nathan Pollard got pushed out at the start line and was the last away but he had already made up places by Dam Green and was on Bob Sampson’s stern by Zebra. They had both got free of Roger Heasman’s Bosun (Sally Wills now crewing) but Jane Anderson was more persistent, nudging past Nathan towards the end of lap 1 only to be reovertaken before they rounded Dam Green. Nathan was then free to chase the front three but it took him a couple of laps. He slipped past Adam Hilton’s Solo at Pinkie on lap 4 but got no further. The handicaps radically changed the order. Steve Axford’s five minutes over the well-sailed Bosun of Roger Heasman and Sally Wills was not enough to give him the victory.

  1. Roger Heasman and Sally Wills (Bosun)
  2. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  3. Jane Anderson (Laser 4.7)
  4. Steve Axford (Laser Full)
  5. Bob Sampson (Laser Full)
  6. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  7. Sue Murray (Laser 4.7)
  8. Penny Abbott (Laser Radial)
  9. Cilla Gilbert and Brian Pollard (Bosun)

Many thanks to Linda Spiller who ran the races and to Mandy Pollard who took the photographs.

9th September 2018 race report

Commodore 7


Fourteen boats entered the race on a day of sun and cloud with strong westerly winds promised. It was not easy to decide what boat or sail to choose for the conditions; there was at times very little wind at the Dam but lots of it in the middle of the Lake. Three Laser helms chose full size sails, one chose a Radial and three chose 4.7s. In the event Jane Anderson’s 4.7 was first over the start line followed by Sue Murray’s similarly equipped Laser and Bob Sampson’s Full. But it was Bob Sampson who took the lead and held it, fighting off Nathan Pollard in another big sailed Laser. Mike and Viki Herbert-Coulson’s pretty blue/green Wayfarer, after a disappointing start, worked its way up to third place on the water and retained it after handicapping. The Bosun battle was won by Jane Chadney (John Dabbs crewing). Her boat was the first non-Laser to round Zebra and then Inlet and she finished three minutes ahead of the sister Bosun of Toby Tobias and Sally Wills. The promised Streaker/Solo battle was ruined when Adam Hilton capsized at Middle on the first lap, Robin Spiller’s Streaker finishing over two minutes ahead. In the end the size of the sail on the Lasers did make a difference. On the water the boats finished more or less in order of sail size, although Jane Anderson’s 4.7 was fourth, half a minute ahead of Linda Spiller’s Radial. The handicap gave Jane the victory and tossed Linda three places down the order.


1.      Jane Anderson (Laser 4.7)

2.      Bob Sampson (Laser Full)

3.      Mike and Viki Herbert-Coulson (Wayfarer)

4.      Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)

5.      Sue Murray (Laser 4.7)

6.      Jane Chadney and John Dabbs (Bosun)

7.      Penny Abbott (Laser 4.7)

8.      Linda Spiller (Laser Radial)

9.      Toby Tobias and Sally Wills (Bosun)

10.   Robin Spiller (Streaker)

11.   Adam Hilton (Solo)

12.   Alan Comber and John Weller (Enterprise)

Retired Steve Axford (Laser Full), John Savage (Otter)




Toby Tobias’ Bosun (Sally Wills crewing) was first to start and managed to stay at the front for half the race. He was followed after three minutes by John Dabbs, helming the Club’s Bosun with Jane Chadney now crewing; they had only given up one place by half time.  But then the Lasers began to dominate. The  4.7 of Penny Abbott, which had started fourth, got to the front and stayed there; the Full of Steve Axford roared through the fleet from tenth to second closely followed by Bob Sampson’s sister Laser. The Solo and the Streaker, which started a minute apart fifth and sixth, ended up eighth and ninth, having been overwhelmed by the fleet of Lasers. The wind continued to serve up massive gusts and capsizes were plentiful.


1.      Penny Abbott (Laser 4.7)

2.      Steve Axford (Laser Full)

3.      Bob Sampson (Laser Full)

4.      Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)

5.      Toby Tobias and Sally Wills (Bosun)

6.      John Dabbs and Jane Chadney (Bosun)

7.      Jane Anderson (Laser 4.7)

8.      Adam Hilton (Solo)

9.      Robin Spiller (Streaker)

10.   John Weller and Alan Comber (Enterprise)

11.   Mike and Viki Herbert-Coulson (Wayfarer)

12.   Linda Spiller (Laser Radial)


Many thanks to Cilla Gilbert and Brian Pollard who were the race officers and to Mandy Pollard who took the photographs.