JANE?Anderson made it seven consecutive victories in the day’s opening race, the Cup 1 as she beat Adam Hilton into second-place.
With a moderate easterly wind coming over the dam, Bob Sampson, who ran the races, chose the difficult and long Home 2 start line but Anderson, in her Laser Radial, made her customary quick get-away, rounded the first buoy, Dam Green, first, and was never headed.
The cleverness of Bob’s choice of course was shown when no-one clashed with the fishermen who lined the banks and even advanced into the water!
Jane was followed round Dam Green by a full Laser, Nathan Pollard’s, by Robin Spiller’s Streaker, by Paul Anderson’s full Laser and Adam Hilton’s Solo.
The Duncalf Toppers followed despite Vicki having crossed the start line an excellent second, the lightish winds exaggerating the speed difference.
Roger Heasman, who had a terrible start tenth – set out on a remarkable drive through the fleet which took him to sixth at the end of lap one, fourth after lap two and second at the finish, a few metres ahead of Adam Hilton’s Solo. Brian Pollard and Cilla Gilbert, on the other hand, stayed at seventh throughout in the club Bosun.
John Dabbs in his Gull was forced to retire when he found himself holding a stick which no longer extended the tiller!
JOHN Duncalf started the Pursuit race first, as is traditional. He was pursued by his wife, four minutes later and, after another minute, by John Dabbs’ Gull (a piece of string ensuring his tiller and extension stayed together).
Both Duncalf’s were involved in a ding-dong race throughout.
Roger Heasman, continuing a fine day’s sailing, took advantage of starting fourth in a faster boat, got himself to third at the end of lap one, second on lap two and first at the end.
Nathan Pollard started seventh but was second at the end well ahead of Jane Anderson who was third and had started a minute behind him.
Heasman’s victory was the first time someone other than Anderson had won since Sunday, April 30.