6th June 2021 Race Report


Bosun PLUS 2

This was a race for Bosun dinghies (with interlopers permitted) and eight of them took to the water only to find little or no wind. What breaths there were seemed to be coming from somewhere over the Dam so the first post-start buoy was Dam Green where the Bosuns bunched up, all on starboard tack except for Brian Pollard (Cilla Gilbert as crew) who rounded the buoy first.  As the fleet was snail-pacing to Middle, Bob Sampson (with Robin Spiller) was to windward and coming up but it was Sue Murray (with Vicki Duncalf) who got round West first, if one discounts Nathan Pollard’s non-conforming Laser. She had a good lead over the slow-dicing pair of John Dabbs (Penny Abbott crewing) and John Buckett (with Annie Quartermaine) and then the next pair Roger Heasman (with Linda Spiller) and Brian Pollard. Adam Hilton and Geoff Floyd found their own doldrums at Middle and never made it to West, Louise and Colin Witchell having already given up the struggle to get their Bosun to sail anywhere.

At the start of the second lap there were five Bosuns within inches of each other but coming up to Dam Green Roger Heasman got water over John Buckett, Bob Sampson and John Dabbs, Sue Murray having by now an unassailable lead, if any lead could be so-described when the wind might disappear at any moment. It didn’t and the Murray/Duncalf Bosun took the victory.

Bosuns Fleet

Rank HelmName CrewName Class Rating Elapsed Corrected
1 Sue Murray Vicky Duncalf BOSUN 1233 0:42:24 0:34:23
2 Brian Pollard Cilla Gilbert BOSUN 1233 0:44:21 0:35:58
3 John Buckett Annie Quartermain BOSUN 1233 0:44:52 0:36:23
4 Roger Heasman Linda Spiller BOSUN 1233 0:45:02 0:36:31
5 Bob Sampson Robin Spiller BOSUN 1233 0:45:32 0:36:56
6 John Dabbs Penny Abbott BOSUN 1233 0:45:45 0:37:06
7 Adam Hilton Geoff Floyd BOSUN 1233 RET
7 Louise Witchell Colin Witchell BOSUN 1233 RET

PLUS Fleet

Rank HelmName CrewName Class Rating Elapsed Corrected
1 Nathan Pollard LASER 1075 0:41:41 0:38:47


Pursuit 2

In Pursuit races handicaps are applied to the boat/skipper combinations before the start so that the theoretically slowest start first and the faster boats follow at prescribed intervals. There were still five Bosuns in the fleet (although some crew changes) but others had escaped to single handers in the hope of better sailing. To everyone’s great relief there was enough wind to sail with, although the early starters were disadvantaged by light airs which were replaced by stronger breezes just as the faster boats were starting their races. As a result Vicki Duncalf (Topper), who started first, was soon overtaken as were the Bosuns and Linda Spiller (Laser Full) was leading the fleet before the end of the first lap. Adam Hilton (Solo) was attempting the same feat but was held up trying to get past John Bucket and Bob Sampson’s Bosuns but still got through to second place by the end of the first lap. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full) had even more ground to make up. He was up to sixth after the first lap, to third at the end of lap two but hadn’t quite got past the Solo in front of him by the end.

Rank HelmName CrewName Class Rating
1 Linda Spiller LASER 1075
2 Adam Hilton SOLO 1144
3 Nathan Pollard LASER 1075
4 Bob Sampson Sue Murray BOSUN 1233
5 Robin Spiller STREAKER 1134
6 John Buckett Annie Quartermain BOSUN 1233
7 John Dabbs Penny Abbott BOSUN 1233
8 Brian Pollard Cilla Gilbert BOSUN 1233
9 Geoff Floyd SOLO 1144
10 Roger Heasman Ian Chatterton BOSUN 1233
11 Vicki Duncalf TOPPER 1334

Grateful thanks were given to James Pollard, Officer of the Day, and to Mandy Pollard who took the photographs.