Easter Egg Report
After a Friday practice session for half the fleet, 22 Larks raced at Waldringfield for the Easter Egg Trophy. The second start on Saturday, after a predictable general recall, was black-flagged. Jonathan Fish/ Natalie Bannister rounded the windward mark with a small lead from Geoff Sinton/ Clare Gosling and the pack. The wind was giving some fast sailing. Christopher & Cathy Fish came through to lead on the run and sailed away with the race. Mark Ampleford/ Lee Nankeriss squeezed through on the last beat to take second from Fish/ Bannister, who just held on to 3rd.
The second race got away after another general recall with Steve Dunn/ Tegwyn Roberts leading from Fish/ Bannister and Ampleford/ Nankeriss. After the second very long run behind the island, Dunn/ Roberts had worked a large lead from the chasing group before capsizing down a blustery reach. Fish/ Bannister decided against the kite having seen Dunnís misfortune and won the race. Dunn & Roberts recovered in time to keep second place in an extremely close finish from Matthew White/ Ed McArdle.
Sunday dawned with low water and low breeze. The race officer decided that the fleet could deal with the potential drift, so battle commenced. No general recall this time, although the line bias caused a pin-end pile up. At the end of the beat Andrew James /Rachael Rhodes led. The race continued in testing light conditions, which caused a 20-boat leeward mark raft up (including assorted lasers and N12s) and a drift home. White/ McArdle drifted fastest overall to pip Glenn Enkel and Marion Enkel on the line. James/ Rhodes finished a second behind in 3rd.
Race 4 started in slightly more breeze and a stronger flood tide. Harry Pynn/ Ross Power tacked up the shore quickest, with the Fishes and Dunn/ Roberts in hot pursuit. The Fishes rounded first onto the run but threw it away by going the wrong way! This let Pynn/Power, M-J Gifford/ Kirsty Phipps, Alan Krailing/ Gemma Thompson and Stephen Videlo/ William Branton through. Dunn & Roberts decided to cross the river very early in search of more breeze and it paid off handsomely as they overtook half the fleet. Pynn/ Power were caught out as they tried to cross the tide for the finish line and dropped to 5th. Krailing/ Thompson seized their opportunity to win from Dunn/ Roberts and Gifford/ Phipps.
There was no sign of any wind by lunchtime on Monday so racing was abandoned. With one discard, Dunn/ Roberts won a consecutive Waldringfield trophy.
1st Steve Dunn & Tegwyn Roberts 8pts
2nd Matt White & Ed McArdle 11pts
3rd Alan Krailing & Gemma Thompson 12pts
4th Chris Fish & Cathy Fish 14pts
5th Jon Fish & Natalie Bannister 15pts
6th Mark Ampleford/ Lee Nankeriss 16pts
Simon Cox - 19th April 2004