25th August 2019 Race Report

Tamar 4

What winds there were came from the Northwest but they were very gentle and sometimes the Lake was reduced to glassy calm.  The start was from the Dam towards the top of the Lake.  Vicky Duncalf’s Topper led away but Nathan Pollard’s Laser Full had soon glided into the lead with Paul Whybrow (Solo) and Linda Spiller (Laser Full) following.  Adam Hilton’s Aero 7 had crossed the line well before the horn, so early he had time to return and  still make a half decent start.  The poor Bosuns (Cilla Gilbert with Brian Pollard and Sally Wills with Paul Petvin) got stuck windless and took an age to start.  A puff of wind lifted the leaders on the way from Home 2 to West and Nathan Pollard got himself a substantial lead on the way to Pinky.  Behind him Linda Spiller and Paul Whybrow diced and then came a scrap between Robin Spiller (Streaker) Graham Joyce (Laser Full) and the Aero.  On the way back Paul Whybrow was still close enough to pinch the following wind from Linda Spiller, the Bosuns and the Topper were still a tight group with Sally Wills generally the leading helm, but the lap had been so slow that several boats retired, only four completing the race with Paul Whybrow’s advantageous handicap cancelling out the four minute lead on the water that Linda Spiller had over him.

  1. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  2. Paul Whybrow (Solo)
  3. Linda Spiller (Laser Full)
  4. Graham Joyce (Laser Full)

Retired: Robin Spiller (Streaker), Cilla Gilbert and Brian Pollard (Bosun), Adam Hilton (Aero 7), Vicki Duncalf (Topper), Sally Wills and Paul Petvin (Bosun)


Sailboat 7

The Aero 7 managed to start legally this time and was still leading at Home 2 before being overtaken by Nathan Pollard and then Linda Spiller who kept a little wind after West when the rest of the fleet had lost it.  The Wayfarer of Viki and Mike Herbert-Coulson had signed on for this race and after a hesitant start was gradually catching up.  By Middle on the way back towards the Dam it was third behind the leading Lasers, but a breath of wind from astern closed the fleet up, with Robin Spiller the major beneficiary.  The Aero paused for rig adjustments and Graham Joyce had the misfortune to miss a buoy.  The course was shortened to two laps – a lap was taking about half an hour to complete – and Linda Spiller came in well in the lead.

  1. Linda Spiller (Laser Full)
  2. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  3. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
  4. Cilla Gilbert and Brian Pollard (Bosun)
  5. Viki and Mike Herbert-Coulson (Wayfarer)
  6. Paul Petvin and Sally Wills (Bosun)
  7. Adam Hilton (Aero 7)

Retired: Graham Joyce (Laser Full)


Grateful thanks were given to Jane and Paul Anderson who ran the races and to Mandy Pollard for the photographs.