4th August 2019 Race Report

Commodore 3

The morning had been grey and virtually windless but at noon the sky was clearing and the wind had picked up; more perhaps than the fleet had realised because two dinghies were over the start line before the horn blew.  Not Jane Anderson however whose Laser Radial emerged from the pack in the lead, but was soon being harried by Bob Sampson (Laser Full) on the beat to West.  They turned at the top of the course, Pinky, in unison and by the end of the lap Bob Sampson was ahead.  Sue Murray’s Laser Radial was third at that stage and Adam Hilton’s Aero 7 fourth.  Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert led the Bosuns.  On the second lap the Sampson lead grew, Steve Axford (Laser Full) moved up to third but little else changed in the line of thirteen boats, reduced to twelve on the last lap when the Aero 7, having capsized, retired with a broken tiller.  The Commodore race series is run with personal, rather than boat-based handicaps, and this produces some unusual results.

  1. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  2. Bob Sampson (Laser Full)
  3. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  4. Nathan Pollard (Laser Radial)
  5. Sue Murray (Laser Radial)
  6. Linda Spiller (Laser Radial)
  7. Steve Axford (Laser Full)
  8. Sally Wills and John Dabbs (Bosun)
  9. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  10. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
  11. Graham Joyce (Laser Full)
  12. Paul Petvin (Gull)

Retired: Adam Hilton (Aero 5)


Tamar 6

There was a little more wind and the leaders were completing laps in around ten minutes, planing across the centre of the Lake in fine style.  Bob Sampson got away first followed by the Spillers, Robin (Streaker) initially leading but overtaken by Linda (Laser Radial) on the way to West.  Jane Anderson overtook both of them before the buoy and remained in second until overtaken by Steve Axford on lap 3.  Sue Murray (Laser Radial) toured the course in third until overtaken by Nathan Pollard (Laser Full) who was making an admirable recovery from a start that had left him third from last.  John Dabbs, in the Bosun with Sally Wills, sailed a race good enough to get him fourth on handicap.

  1. Bob Sampson (Laser Full)
  2. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  3. Sue Murray (Laser Radial)
  4. John Dabbs and Sally Wills (Bosun)
  5. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  6. Steve Axford (Laser Full)
  7. Linda Spiller (Laser Radial)
  8. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  9. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  10. Robin Spiller (Streaker)

Thanks were given to Paul Whybrow, Officer of the Day, and to Mandy Pollard for photography