Pollard digs deep for victory
TOM POLLARD recovered from a first-race error to secure overall victory in St Catherine’s Sailing Club’s Jubilee Regatta, last Sunday.
Having had to abandon races on the previous two Sundays due to light wind a forecast of a north-easterly Force 3 gave hope to all the 20 boats making it to the start line.
The first race was a triangle course, and all competitors got off to a textbook start. Pollard, however, uncharacteristically misread the course flag and that cost him dearly as he crossed the line in fourth, corrected to third on handicap. Line honours went to Jamie Mulholland, closely followed by another promising youngster, Charlie Cadin – one to watch.
Pollard was fired up for race two and, with the bit between his teeth, he crossed the line just after Mulholland in his faster Laser Standard, and this time Karen Roworth, one of the club’s stalwarts, slotted into third.
It was all to play for in the third and final race, but, where youthful determination and energy saw Pollard the victor, it was Roworth’s greater experience that pushed Cadin into third.
The juniors also enjoyed some great racing, with Jack Horton, recently returned from the Jeux des Iles in Sicily, displaying his skills to finish first of the junior fleet. Others to impress were Kai Surcouf, Lucy Horton, Peter Washington, Livy Forbes and Todd Watkins, all having recently progressed into the main racing fleet after winter training.
A notable addition to the fleet is an Omega Topaz; a larger dinghy that has been acquired second-hand by the club to introduce adults and families to sailing. Great to see six sailors enjoying the boat on Sunday – it could well be in demand this season.
The competitors will do it all again for the Commodore’s Cup regatta tomorrow.
Final results of the Jubilee Regatta: 1, Tom Pollard; 2, James Mulholland; 3, Karen Roworth.