Pollard sails to victory on light-hearted day
Upper Tamar Lake Sailing Club race report — Sunday, July 2
THERE was a light-hearted feel to the day; the sun shone, the wind blew capriciously from points between west and north and the club was sailing spare races.
Remarkably, since the Barnwell series back in March, no races had been lost to bad weather and so these two spares were not needed to repair holes in the series.
Fifteen boats took to the water and the Lasers were predictably first over the start line, although Robin Spiller’s Streaker was well up in third, a sign of things to come, although he lost ground on the first lap.
On the run back from Far he was behind the Lasers of Jane Anderson, both Pollard boys (James and Nathan), Bob Sampson (Radial), Paul Anderson and the Solo of Adam Hilton.
Roger Heasman’s sister Streaker was just behind Spiller and harrying him. Then, on the second lap, Spiller managed some kind of swoop up the lake taking him to fourth, a position which was converted to third when Jane Anderson retired and which he retained when the handicaps were applied.
Further back, Brian Pollard was learning the ways of his new (to him) Taser, Toby Tobias was swapping places with John Savage and John Dabbs was quietly slipping along in his Gull with its remarkable handicap.
Winner: James Pollard (Laser); Runner-up: John Dabbs (Gull); 3rd: R Spiller (Streaker); 4th: A Hilton (Solo); 5th: N Pollard (Laser); 6th: B Sampson (Laser Radial); 7th: R Heasman (Streaker) & J Duncalf (Topper); 8th: N/A; 9th: P Anderson (Laser); 10th: T Tobias (Bosun); 11th: L Spiller (Laser); 12th: J Savage (Solo); 13th: B Pollard & C Gilbert (Taser)
Retired: V Duncalf (Topper); J Anderson (Laser)
Thanks were given to the Officers of the Day, Annie Quatermain and Alan Comber.