Nationals 08: Larks fly north for summer
After many, many years of Larks idling down the jammed M5 in the height of the summer, battling with caravans, the odd flood, and the millions of tourists that visit Devon and Cornwall for their summer holidays, the Lark committee have, this year, said “Enough!”. Next year, we will rebel. We will head against the flow of traffic, pump up the M1 and into beautiful Yorkshire for our Champs.
The Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club is based at Bridlington on the Yorkshire coast. If you look at the pictures, they are dominated by stunning sandy beaches stretching for miles and a sparkling blue ocean. Dinghy sailing takes place in Bridlington Bay, with launching off a gently shelving beach, which is protected from large waves by sand banks just off the shore.
As the Yacht Club is on the other side of the town of Bridlington, dinghy championships are hosted from the beach, next to which there is a huge RYYC-owned campsite, fully equipped with showers, water, loos, and electric hook-ups. A huge marquee is erected to hold the socials. In effect, the whole area becomes a “Championship Village” with everything you could need within walking distance.
Accommodation for campers, therefore, is free. There is also a static caravan site within 200yrds and plenty of holiday lets in Bridlington. With all those sandy beaches and Bridlington being so close to the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors, it’s an ideal place to bring the family with loads to occupy the kids and their babysitters!
The Scorpions held their Championships at RYYC in 2007. Looking at some of the pictures and the comments on their web site (the Miss Bridlington competition looked, well, let’s say, interesting!), it seemed they had an awesome time. Beer was £1 a pint, the locals and club members were extremely welcoming and the sailing was well organised.
There’s just one more thing. North Yorkshire sounds, to many, like a long way to go for a week’s holiday. But get this; compared to, say, Torquay, it’s 50 miles CLOSER for the folk from Waldringfield and 125 miles closer for those who hark from Nottingham. Londoners would only have to put up with an extra 34 miles, whilst anyone west of London, well, you’ve had your chance. Just get in your car, crank up the radio and enjoy the ride for a change!
This will be the first time in The Larks history that we have visited northern England for a National Championships. It is a fantastic opportunity for the class to spread it's wings and grow further by marketing ourselves in the north of the country.
The 2008 Lark National Championships will be held from 26th July to 1st August. Further details will be posted on this website when they become available.
The Lark Commitee - 20th September 2007