Wednesday 14th July 2021 Race Report

Teatime Tankard 5

A lovely warm sunny Wednesday with northwesterlies, moderate in strength but gusty enough to force Sue Murray to practice her dry capsize routine in the middle of the Lake. A trio of Lasers took to the water, Linda Spiller’s with a big sail, Sue Murray’s and Mel Sampson’s with Radials. Robin Spiller and Adam Hilton had their familiar respective Streaker and Solo. The double-handers were represented by Ethan and Leila Farmer’s Hartley 12, John Dabbs’ Bosun with a visitor crewing and the Witchell Bosun, Louise at the helm.

Linda crossed the start line first, tacking to Home 2 and then up to Pinkie. The rest started in the order Sue, Adam, Mel, Robin, John, Leila and Louise. By Pinkie Mel had overtaken Adam and John Dabbs had got his Bosun up to fifth. On the second lap Sue’s little incident put her at the back of the leading quartet. John D and Robin kept changing places. On the third lap Sue overtook Adam but didn’t get enough lead over him to nullify her handicap disadvantage. Equally Linda’s twenty second lead over Mel at the finish got reversed by the handicap.

  1. Mel Sampson (Laser Radial)
  2. Linda Spiller (Laser Full)
  3. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  4. Sue Murray (Laser Radial)
  5. John Dabbs and visitor (Bosun)
  6. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
  7. Louise and Colin Witchell (Bosun)
  8. Ethan and Leila Farmer (Hartley 12)


Midweek Mug 1

Linda Spiller again started first but the big sail was proving tricky to handle in the slightly increased winds and she lost ground during her beat up to Pinkie so that both Sue and Mel got there ahead of her. The Radial twins had also got past, second starting, Adam. John Dabbs was next round Pinkie and then Leila now helming the Farmer Hartley. On the second lap Mel got past Sue and held that lead, although narrowly avoiding capsize at Dam Green during a period of decidedly freakish gusts.

Linda eventually pulled out a minute and a half’s lead over Adam: not enough! John Dabbs continued to circulate in fifth but, coping solo with the winds, was not close enough to the lead bunch to be promoted by the handicap.

  1. Mel Sampson (Laser Radial)
  2. Sue Murray (Laser Radial)
  3. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  4. Linda Spiller (laser Full)
  5. John Dabbs (Bosun)
  6. Leila Farmer and visitor (Hartley 12)

Grateful thanks were given to Bob Sampson and Brian Clifton, Officers of the Day.