21st April 2024 Race Report

Pursuit 1

The winds whilst getting the various boats rigged were light, but by the time we were ready to race they had increased to a fairly brisk breeze with gusty puffs in between, making conditions somewhat challenging.  6 boats set off on a preset timed course called the ‘Pursuit Series’; the slower boats going off first followed by gradually faster boats in their handicap order.  Vicky Duncalf and Jane Anderson in their Toppers were off at the start, followed a few minutes later by Linda Spiller in her Laser Radial, Robin Spiller and Dave Perrett in their Solo’s, and Nathan Pollard bringing up the rear in his much faster Laser Full Rig.  His time penalty was quite high when you think that Jane was leading the race and rounding the most distant of the marks as Nathan was starting his race! He then managed to overtake Linda at the end of the first lap.  As the race progressed, the wind backed round towards the north, causing Robin to put his boat aground on the way up to Far mark.  Jane was managing to fend Nathan off, but Vicki was eventually overtaken by him in the 52nd minute, giving him 2nd place. One or two more competitors managed to improve their positions, and with the course lasting for 68 minutes precisely, the results were:

  1. Jane Anderson
  2. Nathan Pollard
  3. Linda Spiller
  4. Dave Perrett
  5. Vicki Duncalf
    Robin Spiller retired

Commodore’s Cup 1

Nathan was first to cross the start line on an altered course from the morning race.  The winds having increased further, and it was going to be a quite challenging race for some.  All competitors managed to finish the 3 laps of the course and were rather relieved to come ashore for tea after a rather difficult afternoon so early in the season.

  1. Nathan Pollard
  2. Jane Anderson
  3. Dave Perrett
  4. Vicki Duncalf
  5. John Dabbs and his trusty crew of 2! (Bosun)
  6. Louise Witchell with crew Bob Sampson (Bosun)

Thanks to Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert for OOD duties, Jane Anderson for writing the race report and Mandy Pollard for taking the photos.