7th May 2023 Race Report

by Adam Hilton

Mandy Pollard

Barnwell 6

Dave Perrett’s Solo crossed the line first with Paul Anderson (Laser Full) second but well to leeward. It was a day of light and variable westerly winds and the light wind specialists – boats and helms – soon took over. Jane Anderson’s Laser Radial was ahead but downwind of Adam Hilton’s high-pointing Solo on the long beat to west. She rounded the buoy first. Sue Murray in another Laser Radial was next to establish herself ahead of the Solo. It was proving hard to make the most of the extra canvas of a full size sail on a Laser. Nathan Pollard got his up to second on the first lap but never caught the flying Jane Anderson. Linda Spiller’s overtook the Solo on lap 1 and Sue Murray’s Radial on lap 2, finishing in third on the water. Paul Anderson’s big Laser was cruising in sixth place when a mishap at Inlet required penalty turns and put him back. Dave Perrett eventually lost out to Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert’s Bosun with Vicki Duncalf’s Topper in the mix. The handicaps promoted Radials and Solos.

Rank HelmName CrewName Class Rating Elapsed Corrected
1 Jane Anderson LASER RADIAL 1111 0.49.26 0.44.30
2 Adam Hilton SOLO 1143 0.51.01 0.44.38
3 Sue Murray LASER RADIAL 1111 0.50.39 0.45.35
4 Nathan Pollard LASER 1076 0.49.31 0.46.01
5 Linda Spiller LASER 1076 0.49.49 0.46.18
6 Brian Pollard Cilla Gilbert BOSUN 1228 1.00.43 0.49.27
7 Vicki Duncalf TOPPER 1335 1.07.02 0.50.13
8 Dave Perrett SOLO 1143 1.00.32 0.52.58
9 Paul Anderson LASER 1076 1.09.38 1.04.43
10 Robin Spiller STREAKER 1135 RET


Sailboat 6

Brian Pollard (Bosun) got away first and Dave Perrett (Solo), again fast-starting, in second but both were again immediately engulfed by faster boats. The winds were still light but a little stonger and more consistent. Nathan Pollard this time made his big sail pay and was first around West White with Adam Hilton second, Jane Anderson third and Linda Spiller fourth. The Pollard/Gilbert Bosun interrupted the line of single-handers in fifth beating Sue Murray’s Radial to the first buoy. She was ahead of the Bosun after Inlet, got past the Solo and then spent the race competing with Linda Spiller and Jane Anderson for second and third places. Nathan Pollard, in clear air, extended his lead; nearly three and half minutes at the end; enough to overcome his handicap disadvantage and give him the victory. Brian Pollard, again swapping places with Dave Perrett, finished sixth on the water and the handicap rewarded him with third. Vicki Duncalf, closer to the leaders this time, was brought up by the handicap to fifth. But the biggest beneficiary of the handicapping system was again Adam Hilton’s Solo which, with a handicap thirty points better than the Laser Radials, had only to keep in touch with the scrap in front to be given second place.

Rank HelmName CrewName Class Rating Elapsed Corrected
1 Nathan Pollard LASER 1076 0.43.05 0.40.02
2 Adam Hilton SOLO 1143 0.47.21 0.41.26
3 Brian Pollard Cilla Gilbert BOSUN 1228 0.51.10 0.41.40
4 Jane Anderson LASER RADIAL 1111 0.46.26 0.41.48
5 Vicki Duncalf TOPPER 1335 0.56.02 0.41.58
6 Sue Murray LASER RADIAL 1111 0.46.40 0.42.00
7 Linda Spiller LASER 1076 0.46.45 0.43.27
8 Dave Perrett SOLO 1143 0.51.15 0.44.50

Many thanks were given to Roger Heasman who ran the race and to Mandy Pollard who took the photographs.