12th May 2019 Race Report

Ladies/Gents/Gosling/Junior 2

Thirteen boats in gentle and unreliable south easterlies converged on the pontoon start line on their way towards the Dam. There was some congestion and a good deal of pushing and shoving. Some penalty turns were undertaken as a result. All of which meant that Paul Whybrow (Solo)and Linda Spiller (Laser Radial) neither of whom had been anywhere near first over the start line, were able to sail first and second round the first buoy, Dam Green. As the fleet crept up the Lake some familiar leaders asserted themselves – Jane Anderson in her Laser Radial and Mike and Viki Herbert-Coulson in their Wayfarer. Mike Coulson overtook and led from then on. Linda Spiller (Laser Radial) was an unshakeable third. She was followed by Graham Joyce (Laser). Nicky Buckett, with Annie Quatermain, established herself as the lead Bosun of the four in the race, finishing sixth on the water and fourth on handicap.

  1. Mike and Viki Herbert Coulson (Wayfarer)
  2. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  3. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  4. Nicky Buckett and Annie Quartermain (Bosun)
  5. Linda Spiller (Laser Radial)
  6. Cilla Gilbert and Brian Pollard (Bosun),
  7. Graham Joyce (Laser Full)
  8. Roger Heasman (Streaker)
  9. Sally Wills and Bob Sampson (Bosun)
  10. Adam Hilton and Paul Petvin (Bosun)

Retired: Paul Whybrow (Solo),John Savage (Solo), Tom McKee (Topper),

Pursuit 2

There was still too little wind to get a Topper going at any speed and Vicki Duncalf, who started first, was soon engulfed by the fleet, but Brian Pollard, with Cilla Gilbert in the Bosun, who started second, managed to hold off the speeding boats behind him and finished first. The Herbert Coulson Wayfarer, last to start, got closest to him and was followed by Jane Anderson’s Laser Radial. Linda Spiller had been behind Adam Hilton’s Aero 7 for a while but finished in front of it. He was just pleased to have realised a little of his new boat’s potential.

  1. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  2. Mike and Viki Herbert Coulson (Wayfarer)
  3. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  4. Linda Spiller (Laser Radial)
  5. Adam Hilton (Aero 7)
  6. Vicky Duncalf (Topper)
  7. Sally Wills and Bob Sampson (Bosun)

Grateful thanks were given to Penny Abbott and Bob Bennett who ran the races and to Mandy Pollard for photography.

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13th June 2018 Midweek Mug 2 race report

Midweek Mug 2

The sailing club’s day began with a morning working party replacing the fendering on the pontoon. After a substantial amount of talk, some drilling and a pause for lunch, a new sleek section of black fender could be seen attached to the pontoon. More soon.

By 3.45pm the day had become cooler, greyer and windier. Robin Spiller, sitting in as OOD for Linda, set an excellent course which revelled in the lack of fisherfolk; Inlet Red! Far Cornwall! The wind was coming from points around the North East and so a familiar and comfortable start from this side of line 1 was possible and the straight passage to Inlet was less then close hauled. Annie Quartermain, in her first race of the season, slipped her Laser Radial over the line first, followed by the Commodore’s Solo, the Vice-Commodore’s Radial, the Treasurer’s Solo, John Dabbs’ Gull and the Wills/Heasman Bosun. By Inlet Linda Spiller had got away and was never headed. Adam Hilton was past but close to Annie Quartermain. All found the wind at Inlet Red hard to cope with on each lap. It blew harder as the buoy was rounded and then swerved as the helms tried to fill their sails for the beat to West White. Annie’s boat was flipped over and Geof Floyd appeared to have a moment of sailing backwards before also capsizing. The wind continued to strengthen with its usual gusting, backing and vacuums. Boats capable of planing planed. Linda gradually increased her lead, achieving a couple of minutes at the end. The handicap reduced this to a handful of seconds but a victory nonetheless.


1.       Linda Spiller (Laser Radial)

2.       Adam Hilton (Solo)

3.       Sally Wills and Roger Heasman (Bosun)

4.       John Dabbs(Gull)

Retired: Geof Floyd (Solo), Annie Quartermain (Laser Radial)


Many thanks to Robin Spiller who ran the race single-handed.

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