23rd June 2024 Race Report

Sailboat 4

Jane Anderson’s Laser Radial was the first of a leading bunch that comprised Nathan Pollard’s Laser Full and the Solos of Dave Perrett and Adam Hilton. In the lightest of winds the fleet crept towards Home 2 with Nathan Pollard just managing to pass Jane Anderson before they set off for West only to lose the place before they rounded the buoy. It wasn’t until the return leg from Pinkie that he was able to establish the lead. Meanwhile Adam Hilton’s was the lead Solo while Dave Perrett’s had succumbed to the advancing Bob Sampson and Brian Pollard who had both started from the rear. The course was shortened to two laps. Becalmed before Dam Green, Adam Hilton dropped from third to fifth. At the finish Bob Sampson was 17 seconds ahead of the Anderson Radial, not nearly enough to stop the handicap giving Jane the victory. Not even Nathan Pollard’s minute and a half lead was enough.

  1. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  2. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  3. Bob Sampson (Laser Full)
  4. Dave Perrett (Solo)
  5. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  6. Brian Pollard and Natasha Routley (Bosun)
  7. Roger Heasman and Liam Routley (Bosun)

Pursuit 3

The winds still light and fickle, it was decided to shorten the race to half its usual length. The Pollard/Routley Bosun started first, with Adam Hilton’s Solo following after three minutes and Jane Anderson’s Radial after four. The Solo went past the Bosun at the top of the course with Bob Sampsons’ soon becoming the leading Laser. The Solo still led at the end of the lap and was just holding on at West when the race finished.

  1. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  2. Bob Sampson (Laser Full)
  3. Nathan Pollard (Laser Full)
  4. Jane Anderson (Laser Radial)
  5. Brian Pollard and Liam Routley (Bosun)

Thanks were given to race officers John Dabbs and Graham Joyce and to photographer Mandy Pollard