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.