Larks at the Steve Nicholson Trophy

Simon Cox - 30th January 2006

Clear blue skies, a stiff breeze and a sharp frost greeted the visitors to Northampton Sailing Club's Steve Nicholson Trophy in aid of Asthma UK.

8 Lark's raced in the Doublehanded fleet consisting of many Merlin’s, 12's and Fireballs.

After the Champagne launch of Lark 2500, Simon Cox & Tessa Nicholls overhauled Jon Lewis & Lucy Matthews and Dougal Scott & David Marlow on the first beat of Race 1. Jon & Lucy pulled back some of the deficit and briefly took the lead of the Lark's but Simon & Tessa, getting the lay line right established the lead by the windward mark. Meanwhile, Jon Fish & Toby Lewis who started over a minute late appeared from nowhere to snap at the leading Lark's heels. Unfortunately, the Fish/Lewis jinx struck again causing their boom to snap! Simon & Tessa held off the late challenge of Jon & Lucy to give 2500 a maiden race victory!

After lunch the breeze increased further providing some very exciting reaches. The conditions were becoming punishing, especially for the new teams, with plenty of capsizes. First to falter were Simon & Tessa to give 2500 a proper christening (twice was overdoing it)! Harry & Milly were spotted swimming on the second reach, Jon & Lucy had an embarrassing upwind capsize and most of the other Lark's capsized at some point. At the end Jon & Toby took the gun for the Lark's, followed by Dougal & David and Jon & Lucy.

Despite the cold we all had a great day, certainly blowing away the winter cobwebs. Bring on spring!

Lark Results
14th 2452 Harry Pynn & Millie Parsons
15th 2356 Jon Lewis & Lucy Matthews
18th 2492 Dougal Scott & David Marlow
20th 2129 Dave & Georgina Hand
22nd 2500 Simon Cox & Tessa Nicholls
26th 2264 Jon Fish & Toby Lewis
31st 2490 Rob & Nick Marlow
32nd 2330 Laura Mitchell & John Crooks

Notable Performances from people that really wish they'd been sailing a Lark.
5th Becky Priest & Tim Saunders - Fireball