28th April 2019 Race Report

Cup 2

James Pollard achieved the perfect start in his full-sailed Laser. He was a boat length ahead as Sue Murray, Jane Anderson (both in the smaller-sailed Laser Radials), Nathan Pollard (Laser Full) and Adam Hilton (Aero7) followed him over the line. In all fourteen boats started the race but what breeze there was diminished, damped by a steady drizzle of rain. The fleet was soon spread out all over the centre of the Lake as helms searched for wind. Paul Whybrow (Solo) who had not begun in the leading bunch, got up to fourth with the front-running Lasers and Bob Sampson (Laser Full) came up as well as they sailed slowly back from Pinky towards the Dam. James Pollard led at the end of the lap 1 but Jane Anderson had been in front at times. At the end of this lap or shortly after, when what wind there had been disappeared, six boats retired from the race. This left the five Lasers and the Whybrow Solo to contest the front of the race with Roger Heasman (Streaker) and Linda Spiller (Laser Full) bringing up the rear. In the end Jane Anderson had a six minute lead over James Pollard, Bob Sampson and Nathan Pollard who drifted over the finish line very close together. Sue Murray (Laser Radial) and Paul Whybrow had only dropped back a little but the last boats to finish crawled in two and a half hours after the start!

1.        Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)

2.        James Pollard (Laser)

3.        Bob Sampson (Laser)

4.        Nathan Pollard (Laser)

5.        Sue Murray (Laser Radial)

6.        Paul Whybrow (Solo)

7.        Roger Heasman (Streaker)

8.        Linda Spiller (Laser)

Retired: Robin Spiller (Streaker),Adam Hilton (Aero 7), Vicki Duncalf (Topper), Geoff Floyd (Solo), Cilla Gilbert and Brian Pollard (Bosun), Nicky Buckett and Sally Wills (Bosun)


Sailboat 2

The lack of wind caused the cancellation of this race.

Grateful thanks were given to Steve Axford and Pavol Rovensky who ran the races and to Mandy Pollard for photography.