Seven Larks visited Queen Mary SC for the annual Bloody Mary Pursuit race and the first event in the inaugural Lark Icicle Series. The 250-plus fleet was rewarded with a blue sky, a decent breeze and relatively warm tempratures.
The Larks along with a large fleet of Lasers started 25 minutes after the Toppers. Knowing the race strategy well - get clear air and keep it the Larks made good starts. Harry Pynn & Tom Alexander from Waldringfield rapidly overhauled Simon Cox & Joe Hunt on the left of the course. Justin Jones & Lucy Evans were looking good on the right along with Chris Whitehouse & Jane Alexander. By the first mark Harry & Tom had a small lead over Chris & Jane, Justin & Lucy and Nick & Joanna Marlow.
After a run and a beat Harry & Tom had established a great position of relatively clear air away from the chasing RS fleet that was causing havoc to all around them (do they know the rules?!).
Harry & Tom and Chris & Jane continued to make steady progress through the fleet explaining to many rock stars who they were in the process. Carveth who?
We believe that the boys may even have taken the lead for a few seconds before being shot down by the chasing Cherubs, Foiling Moths and International 14's.
Further back the other Larks were also doing well with Justin & Lucy fending off the hard chasing Marlows. It was good to see Gary Jackson and crew at the Bloody Mary sailing 2177, hopefully we will see more of them again on the circuit this year.
There was controversy at the end of the race when it became apparent that a number of the top boats were inelligible for the prizes due to not having a RYA published PY. This promoted Harry & Tom up 4 places overall to third, the best ever Lark result at the Bloody Mary and Chris & Jane up to 9th!
What is even more impressive is that (aside from the 49er) the Lark was the first traditional, one-design class ahead of the RS200's and even the Merlin Rockets and National 12's. So all in all another great example of why the Lark should be taken seriously as a boat to sail on handicap.
Next up in the Lark Icicle Series is the Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy at Northampton on 26th January. We expect a great turnout of Larks at this event. Can the Lark improve on a third overall? See you there!
Lark Icicle Series Provisional Results
1st 2452 Harry Pynn & Tom Alexander, Waldringfield SC
2nd 2411 Chris Whitehouse & Jane Alexander, Ranelagh SC
3rd 2489 Justin Jones & Lucy Evans, South Staffs SC
4th 2462 Nick Marlow & Joanna Marlow, Northampton SC
5th 2490 Dave Marlow & Crew, Cambridge University
6th 2177 Gary Jackson & Crew, Marconi SC
7th 2500 Simon Cox & Joe Hunt, Waldringfield SC