1st August 2021 Race Report

Commodore 2

Robin Spiller’s was the outstanding first lap. He got his Streaker away well on a day when there was a whole bunch of fast starting boats; he led at the first buoy, the Streaker pointing high in the light northerlies and continued to lead the whole lap until overtaken by Linda Spiller’s big-sailed Laser on lap 2. The other outstanding first lap was John Dabbs’. He was sailing his Bosun alone and was making it look as nimble as a much lighter craft; he finished the lap in third but something went wrong on the second lap and he toured in seventh and later sixth, but still the leading Bosun. The Lake was dominated by a fishing competition so the course had to be short to avoid clashes at the north end, resulting in a five lap race. Adam Hilton’s Solo started behind the leading bunch and finished the first lap in fifth but the boat’s inherent speed in these light wind conditions pulled it up to third, despite its skipper putting it in irons when rounding Zebra. Sue Murray had chosen a 4.7 sail for her Laser despite the light winds, hoping for a handicap advantage but not taking into account that this was a race based on personal, rather than boat, handicaps. She was a consistent fourth. Geoff Floyd took his Solo up to fifth where he stayed for the last three laps; the personal handicaps gave him the victory.

  1. Geoff Floyd (Solo)
  2. John Dabbs (Bosun)
  3. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
  4. Roger Heasman (Bosun)
  5. Brian Pollard and Bob Sampson (Bosun)
  6. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  7. Linda Spiller (Laser Full)
  8. Sue Murray (Laser 4.7)
  9. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)

Colin and Louise Witchell retired their Bosun when tiller and extension parted company.


Spalding 2

For the afternoon race the wind had freshened a little, still from a North-Westerly direction.

Sue Murray (Laser 4.7) made a good start just ahead of Vicki Duncalf (Topper) with the rest of the fleet all quite close behind. Nathan Pollard who had joined the fleet with his full-sailed Laser, soon took the lead and maintained it throughout the race. In fact the positions changed very little although Robin Spiller (Streaker) continued his fine day’s sailing, making good progress from sixth to third position on the water. As the wind direction moved a little more northerly boats had to be careful of involuntary gybes as they came back from Middle towards the Dam but all coped well and there were no dramas on the water. The wind had freshened and lap times had consequently reduced so the Officer of the Day, John Duncalf, elected to demand seven laps. Many competitors were heard to cry “Just how many laps have we done?”  Sue Murray’s small sail gamble came good in this race with boat-based handicaps, although holding on-the-water second place in front of some theoretically faster boats she hardly needed the handicap to take honours.

  1. Sue Murray (Laser 4.7)
  2. Brian Pollard and Bob Sampson (Bosun)
  3. Nathan Pollard (Laser)
  4. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  5. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
  6. Roger Heasman and Linda Spiller (Bosun)
  7. Geoff Floyd (Solo)
  8. John Dabbs (Bosun)

Grateful thanks were given to John Duncalf, Officer of the Day.