10th October 2021 Race Report

by Adam Hilton

Mandy Pollard

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Eating lunch on the shore of Tamar lake before the late-starting first race (delayed by a fishing competition) the more timorous members of the fleet were alarmed by the north easterlies screaming overhead, not the weather that had been forecast. Unease was increased by the absence of any Lakes Trust operative to run the safety boat but Bob Sampson nobly stepped in to fill the gap. In the event, when the starting horn blew, the winds had moderated although remaining highly variable in strength and direction. The Commodore’s Solo was away first closely followed and soon overtaken by Jane Anderson’s Laser Radial. Robin Spiller in his Streaker had a good start but Nathan Pollard in his full-sailed Laser did not. He made up for it by tacking early on the way to Inlet, losing the dirty air left by the boats ahead.  By the time the fleet was running across from Inlet to Middle, Nathan had overtaken Jane Anderson and led from then on, finishing the four laps two and a half minutes ahead of her. Linda Spiller’s Laser Radial rounded Inlet in third and retained that place until the second lap when her race faltered. John Dabbs, with John Buckett as crew, started as the lead Bosun, third at the start, with Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert’s Bosun at the rear of the fleet. But Brian soon made up the gap and led the Bosuns at the end of each lap.

  1. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  2. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  3. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  4. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  5. John Dabbs and John Buckett (Bosun)
  6. Linda Spiller (Laser Radial)

Retired: Robin Spiller (Streaker)


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Brian Pollard and Nathan Pollard made good starts this time, crossing the line first and second although the Pollard Bosun was well to leeward and the single-handers were all well past by the time he reached Inlet. The battle with the Dabbs/Buckett Bosun resumed with Brian Pollard generally leading but John Dabbs overtook at the start of lap 2 (of three) only to lose his advantage before they rounded Inlet. Nathan Pollard established a lead followed by Linda Spiller who had put a full-sized sail on her Laser. Jane Anderson and Adam Hilton followed but the gap to the faster Lasers was not enough to overcome the handicap advantage of the Laser Radial and the Solo which took first and second places.

  1. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  2. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  3. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  4. Linda Spiller (Laser Full)
  5. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  6. John Dabbs and John Buckett (Bosun)

Grateful thanks were given to Vicki Duncalf and Colin and Louise Witchell for running the races, to Bob Sampson and Paul Anderson for manning the safety boat  and to Mandy Pollard for taking the photographs.