24th April 2022 Race Report

by Adam Hilton

Mandy Pollard

Tamar 1

Ten boats took to the water for the first race of the Tamar series. The first to cross the start line and begin a successful day’s racing was the Bosun of John Dabbs crewed by Linda Spiller. However, confusion as to whether to leave Dam Green to port or starboard allowed a handful of Lasers and Robin Spiller’s Streaker to go past. James Pollard led initially but Nathan Pollard was first to finish the first lap and the following three, a predictably gusty bunch of north-easterlies powering the dinghies around the course in about fifteen minutes a lap. Jane Anderson, with a smaller Radial sail on her Laser, followed the brothers Pollard at a discreet distance, finishing a couple of minutes behind the winner but being given second place by the handicap. A contest developed between Robin Spiller’s Streaker and Adam Hilton’s Solo which, after recovering from a tardy start, dogged the wake of the Streaker, occasionally putting a nose in front. The Dabbs/Spiller Bosun consistently led its Heasman/Perrett and Pollard/Weller sisters.

  1. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  2. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  3. James Pollard (Laser Full)
  4. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
  5. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  6. John Dabbs and Linda Spiller (Bosun)
  7. Roger Heasman and Dave Perrett (Bosun)
  8. Geoff Floyd (Solo)
  9. Mike Coley (Laser Full)

Retired: Brian Pollard and John Weller (Bosun)


Tamar 2

The gloomy grey skies of the first race were replaced by sun and warmth but the winds remained much the same. Adam Hilton’s Solo was the first to get away and round the first buoy but was soon overtaken by the full-sailed Lasers of Nathan Pollard and Mike Coley; these two staying at the front for the rest of the race. Jane Anderson, who had been the seventh skipper to round the first buoy, Dam Green, disposed of the three Bosuns in front of her and watched the leaders from fourth place for a couple of laps before overtaking the Solo in front of her. Brian Pollard’s Bosun, John Weller crewing, started fast, being the first to round Dam Green but was overtaken by its sisters going up the Lake. The handicaps tossed the finishing order in the air, but one skipper keeping his on-the-water place was Nathan Pollard, even if he had to share the victory with John Dabbs and Linda Spiller!

  1. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full) and, equal first, John Dabbs and Linda Spiller (Bosun)
  2. Roger Heasman and Dave Perrett (Bosun)
  3. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  4. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  5. Mike Coley (Laser Full)
  6. Brian Pollard and John Weller (Bosun)
  7. Robin Spiller (Streaker)

Vicki Duncalf was Officer of the Day. Many thanks were given to her as well as to Mandy Pollard who took the photographs.