8th May 2022 Race Report

by Adam Hilton

Barnwell 5

Jane Anderson led across the line and around Dam Green and kept her Laser Radial at the front for the rest of the race. The winds were southeasterly, light and highly variable in strength and direction but never actually disappeared. Second and third to start were Sue Murray (Laser Radial) and Adam Hilton (Solo). Paul Anderson got his Laser Full past the Solo on the first lap but a muddle over course buoys put him back subsequently. There were four Bosuns in the race. John Dabbs with Linda Spiller led them at the end of each lap but Roger Heasman with David Perrett changed places with Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert a time or two. Colin and Louise Witchell had the misfortune to run aground – they were by no means alone in finding the bottom of an emptying Tamar Lake – and retired. Touring calmly and consistently in seventh on the water was John Buckett in his Otter and pulling himself up from sixth at the end of the first lap to fourth at the finish was Robin Spiller in his Streaker. The handicaps put him down to sixth again.

  1. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  2. Sue Murray (Laser Radial)
  3. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  4. John Dabbs and Linda Spiller (Bosun)
  5. John Buckett (Otter)
  6. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
  7. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  8. Roger Heasman and David Perrett (Bosun)
  9. Paul Anderson (Laser Full)

Retired: Louise and Colin Witchell (Bosun)

Sailboat 5

Robin Spiller (Streaker) began his race brilliantly, pulling away from the first-over-the-line Radial of Sue Murray and the third-starting Laser Full of Nathan Pollard. The Streaker was still ahead at the top of the Lake and only lost the lead having to go back to a missed Zebra. A further confusion at Dam Green meant retirement. Over lunch the winds had turned around one hundred and eighty degrees and started blowing from points around the north west. They were still very gentle and the race took even Nathan Pollard, the winner on the water and also after the handicaps were applied, nearly an hour and a quarter to complete. On the beat up to Pinkie Jane Anderson (Laser Radial) and Adam Hilton (Solo) added themselves to the leading bunch, the Laser taking over third place on the first lap and second on the second. The Solo was briefly ahead of Sue Murray, lost the place but edged past the Radial and into third place while running back towards the Dam on the second lap. The Dabbs/Spiller Bosun again led its Heasman/Perrett and Pollard/Gilbert sisters.

  1. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  2. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  3. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  4. John Dabbs and Linda Spiller (Bosun)
  5. Sue Murray (Laser Radial)
  6. Roger Heasman and David Perrett (Bosun)
  7. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)

Retired: Robin Spiller (Streaker)


Grateful thanks were given to Graham Joyce who was assisted as Officer of the Day by Nicky Buckett.