5th September 2021 Race Report

by Adam Hilton


Mandy Pollard

Commodore 6

The waters at Upper Tamar Lake were very low and the winds were barely present. A fishing competition put much of the Lake out-of-bounds. The sun shone.  Sue Murray (Laser Full), Robin Spiller (Streaker) and Jane Anderson (Laser Full) all managed to cross the line when the starting horn sounded while the rest of the fleet floundered. Sue Murray stayed first at the first buoy but was overtaken by Jane Anderson on the way to Middle. A random puff of wind brought Adam Hilton’s Solo up to the leading bunch but he touched Sue Murray’s gunwale at Middle, did penalty turns and from then on lost ground. Robin Spiller remained in third catching up the Lasers on the second lap. Three helms thought they’d finished when they hadn’t and were ‘retired’. Others struggled on and were rewarded, notably Vicki Duncalf whose Topper gained fourth place and Geoff Floyd whose Solo gained fifth when the handicaps were applied.

  1. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
  2. Sue Murray (Laser Full)
  3. Jane Anderson (Laser Full)
  4. Vicki Duncalf (Topper)
  5. Geoff Floyd (Solo)
  6. Roger Heasman and John Buckett (Bosun)

Retired:  Adam Hilton (Solo). Linda Spiller (Laser Full) Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun) John Dabbs (Bosun)


Spalding Cup 6

Robin Spiller continued his enviable run of good starts and he was still first at Dam Green but Jane Anderson was in front by the time they reached West and retained the lead from then on. They were chased by Sue Murray and Nathan Pollard who’d joined the fleet in his Laser (Full). Linda Spiller followed in fifth and John Dabbs in sixth. John Buckett had switched from crew to helming his Otter and completed the first lap in seventh but lost ground subsequently. There were several retirements by helms who couldn’t persuade their dinghies to sail without wind.

  1. Jane Anderson (Laser Full)
  2. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
  3. Sue Murray (Laser Full)
  4. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  5. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  6. Linda Spiller (Laser Full)
  7. John Buckett (Otter)
  8. John Dabbs (Bosun)

Retired: Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun), Geoff Floyd (Solo), Vicki Duncalf (Topper)


Grateful thanks were given to Graham Joyce, assisted by Nicky Buckett, for running the races and to Mandy Pollard for the photographs.