26th June 2024 Race Report

Midweek Tankard 13

It was sunny and hot and the southwest to northwest winds were gentle but, by the Lake’s standards, reliable. These conditions brought out all four of the Club’s Solo sailors, three of the Bosun helms and Linda Spiller in her Laser Radial. Paul floated his GP14 for the first time but did not sign on for the race.

Various starts were compromised, the Solos of Dave Perrett and Adam Hilton getting tangled up and Linda Spiller trying to draw the safety boat’s attention to the GP14’s dangerous closeness to the Dam. John Dabbs with Leila Farmer in the Bosun got away first followed by the Solos of Adam Hilton and Robin Spiller. The course required helms to go from Zebra to West, to Pinkie, Middle, Inlet, then to leave Home 1 to starboard, which caught out Dave Perrett and Robin Spiller, before rounding Dam Green and re-crossing the start line. The Dabbs/Farmer Bosun held onto the lead until the run from Inlet to Dam Green during which the lead Solo gradually pulled past. On lap 2 Dave Perrett, all unaware of his disqualification, took over the lead, Linda Spiller followed, then the lead Bosun, Robin Spiller and Geoff Floyd’s Solos and finally the other two Bosuns. On the last lap the two ‘lead’ Solos and Linda Spiller’s Radial were very close together; the renegade Perrett boat crossing two seconds ahead of Linda who was followed a second later by Adam.

  1. Linda Spiller (Laser Radial)
  2. John Dabbs and Leila Farmer (Bosun)
  3. Adam Hilton (Solo)
  4. Roger Heasman and Anna Walker (Bosun)
  5. Geoff Floyd (Solo)
  6. Louise and Colin Witchel (Bosun)

Disqualified: Dave Perrett (Solo), Robin Spiller (Solo)

Thanks were given to race to Sue Murray who ran the race.