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Fun and Frolics at West Kirby

Steve Cumley - 27th June 2005

The 10th round of the lark open meeting ladder was hosted by West Kirby SC on 25 and 26 June. Visitors travelled from as far as Brighton, London, Reading and the east coast, indicating how much everybody enjoys the sailing and hospitality at West Kirby.

The open meeting kicked off with 3 races on Saturday. A strong tide and a shifty force 2 meant huge gains and losses could be made. Steve Cumley and Eluned Jones were first across the finishing line in all 3 races but were ruled OCS in the first race which demoted them to 5th overall over night. The real stars of the day were Kelsey and Gemma Suggitt who posted a 1, 4, 2 to lead as the fleet retired to the bar for white wine spritzers and funky dancing.

High tide didnít arrive until 15:00 on Sunday so the fleet had plenty of time to nurse the hangovers and bimble with boats while they waited for the water to appear. When it did appear over the horizon it brought a lovely force 3 sea breeze with it, and the battles recommenced. Simon Cox/ Anna Hotchkiss led the first race of the day from start to finish. Cumley/Jones ended a close second after overtaking Dan Smith, Helen Winward and father daughter combo Stuart and Louise Norris.

The event concluded on a real high with a great tactical race. Cumley and Jones eventually came through to win but only after a 4 way scrap with Cox/Hotchkiss, Mark Ampleford/Lee Nankervis and Smith/Windward.

The Lark Class would like to thank West Kirby for once again running a very professional and slick event.

1st Nelly the Elephant. Steve Cumley and Eluned Jones. Northampton SC
2nd Foxxy. Simon Cox and Anna Hotchkiss. South Staffs SC.
3rd Glaslyn. Kelsey and Gemma Suggitt Barnt Green SC.
4th Synergy. Dan Smith and Helen Winward R.Y.A
5th Too Much Salt. Stuart Norris and Louise Norris. Shropshire SC