14th May 2023 Race Report

by Adam Hilton

Barnwell 7

Nathan Pollard

Jane Anderson in her Laser Radial crossed the line first on a day of very light and highly variable westerly winds. Various participants in a four boat Bosun scrap followed, the Dabbs/Spiller boat in front of the others at that point, with Graham Joyce’s Laser intervening. Adam Hilton in his Solo was slow to get over the line – sixth – but was then able to make use of the boat’s inherent light wind advantages to get past two Bosuns by the time they reached the top of the Lake and a third by the end of the lap. Graham Joyce was also in front of the Bosuns and finished third on the water. At the end of lap one it was still Dabbs/Spiller leading the Bosuns  but at the finish it was Pollard/Gilbert the first double-hander and Heasman/Perrett had had their turn leading the Bosuns in between times. Despite Jane Anderson finishing four minutes before the leading Bosun the handicap gave Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert the victory.

  1. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  2. John Dabbs and Linda Spiller (Bosun)
  3. Roger Heasman and Dave Perrett (Bosun)
  4. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  5. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  6. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
  7. Graham Joyce (Laser Full)
  8. Colin and Louise Witchell (Bosun)


Sailboat 7

Nathan Pollard

Four fast-starting boats came over the line close together, the Dabbs/Spiller Bosun leading, Jane Anderson’s Laser Radial second, Brian Pollard with Cilla Gilbert third, but furthest to windward and able to take advantage of clean air was Adam Hilton’s Solo which reached West White first and stayed at the front until just after the end of the first lap when Jane Anderson took over a lead she was not to relinquish, building a gap of four and a half minutes over the first Bosun, enough, this time, to give her the victory after the handicaps were applied. The winds were a little stronger and more consistent for this race, giving time for three laps. Dabbs/Spiller mostly led the Bosuns with Pollard/ Gilbert following and Heasman/Perrett threatening to overtake from time to time.

  1. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  2. John Dabbs and Linda Spiller (Bosun)
  3. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  4. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)
  5. Roger Heasman and Dave Perrett (Bosun)

Many thanks were given to Nathan Pollard who ran the race and took the photographs.