18th June 2023 Race Report

by Adam Hilton

Mandy Pollard

Tamar 5

Thunder, lightening, sun, rain; all these were forecast but all that turned up were slow-moving grey clouds and some wisps of wind which started by coming over the Dam but moved around to the west. That made the towards-the-Dam start which Paul Anderson, Officer of the Day, had designed more of a reach than a beat. Bob Sampson, Nathan Pollard, Jane Anderson and Adam Hilton managed to get their boats over the starting line a good thirty seconds before the rest of the fleet but they were then to different degrees becalmed, except for Jane Anderson who got her Laser around Dam Green in first place, with Nathan Pollard second, Bob Sampson third and Robin Spiller’s Streaker getting away up the Lake in fourth. John Dabbs and Linda Spiller’s was the first to get going of the four Bosuns in the race and finished in the same position although Roger Heasman and Dave Perrett’s Bosun led from time to time. Brian Pollard (with Cilla Gilbert) had struggled to get his Bosun over the start line but was up to the other Bosuns when he lost wind at Dam Green on lap 2.

At the front Bob Sampson dropped back from Nathan Pollard who managed to sneak past Jane Anderson, a lead he consolidated on lap 2, leaving an Anderson/Sampson fight for second place eventually won by Bob. Robin Spiller, once free of Bosuns, spent the race in fourth place behind the Lasers until eventually threatened by Adam Hilton who had been held up trying to pass the Heasman/Perrett Bosun and by doing a penalty at Dam Green.

  1. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  2. Bob Sampson (Laser Full)
  3. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  4. Robin Spiller (Streaker)
  5. Jane Anderson (Laser Full)
  6. John Dabbs and Linda Spiller (Bosun)
  7. Roger Heasman and Dave Perrett (Bosun)
  8. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert (Bosun)

Retired: Colin and Louise Witchell (Bosun)


Tamar 6

It rained throughout. Nathan Pollard made a great start and Jane Anderson had passed Adam Hilton before Dam Green. Bob Sampson followed. Brian Pollard led the Bosuns throughout with Dave Perrett (who had taken over the helm from Roger Heasman) just leading John Dabbs until lap 2 when the Dabbs boat got ahead. Adam Hilton’s Solo toured in fourth behind the other single-handers. Jane Anderson got past Nathan Pollard at Home 2 and Bob Sampson came up to him too. At the start of lap 4 all three Lasers were nose to nose and they finished in the order Anderson, Sampson, Pollard. The handicaps gave the Solo the victory.

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

Many thanks were given to Paul Anderson, Officer of the Day, and to Mandy Pollard who took the photographs.