16th August 2020 Race Report

Covid 19 Sunday Race 10

The various forecasters agreed that the wind would be very fitful indeed but could not agree whether the clouds would be black or the sun shining or thunder and lightning dominating the sky. In the event the wind was perfectly serviceable, if decidedly on the light side, and the rain held off for the noon race and the time to eat a sandwich afterwards. There were a few gleams of sun and no thunder.

Without these uncertainties there might have been more than the seven boats that took to the water. Three were Lasers, Bob Sampson’s and Linda Spiller’s flying big sails whereas Jane Anderson had put up a Radial. Robin Spiller was out in his Streaker, John Dabbs dithered between Bosun and Gull but went with the Gull on the curious grounds that it was easier to get in and out of the water. Vicki Duncalf was in her familiar Topper but didn’t have a very good day; too little wind. The unusual sight was the Commodore sailing his RS Aero with a size 9 sail for the first time.

The wind was coming over the Dam so the race had Dam Green as the first buoy. The beat up to it already made clear that the Lasers and the Aero were going to scrap for most of the race. Bob Sampson headed the fleet at the end of each lap but Jane Anderson was second on the first lap, Linda Spiller was second on the second and Adam Hilton was second on the third!


  1. Bob Sampson (Laser Full)
  2. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  3. John Dabbs (Gull)
  4. Linda Spiller (Laser Full)
  5. Adam Hilton (RS Aero 9)
  6. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
  7. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)


The rain started and the wind dropped away so the second race was not run. Grateful thanks were given to John Duncalf, Officer of the Day.