Felixstowe Ferry Open Meeting Report

Simon Cox - 29th June 2004

The weekend of the 26th / 27th June saw the Lark fleet descend on an old favourite, Felixstowe Ferry SC and once again it didnšt disappoint.

On Saturday the 20 strong fleet were greeted by near perfect conditions, with a South- Easterly F4 creating a large swell against the rising tide. Following a general recall, Race 1 got away at the 2nd attempt. Early on Mark Ampleford & Lee Nankervis led from Howard Enkel & Fiona Gray, Only for the former to discover he was OCS after lap 1. This left Alan Krailing & Gemma Thompson and Nigel Hufton & Chris Whitehouse to battle it out for first place, Krailing / Thompson finally taking it on the last reach. Meanwhile Steve Dunn & Tegwyn Roberts were climbing quickly through the fleet to take 3rd.

Dunn / Roberts carried this pace into Race 2 winning comfortably from Krailing / Thompson with Hufton / Whitehouse 3rd.

Sunshine and a Southerly F2-3 welcomed the fleet on Sunday morning. Lark old boy Richard Woolf, making his guest appearance, ably crewed by Natalie Bannister (Category 3) rounded first in Race 3 with Hufton / Whitehouse in hot pursuit. The race was decided on the final beat with Hufton / Whitehouse, Krailing / Thompson and Dougal Scott / Ruth Johnson all getting the shifts right to finish in that order.

In the final race, Matt White & Edd McArdle led from start to finish with Nigel Scott & Sally Wakefield, Enkel / Gray and John Lewis & Milly Parsons among the chasing pack. 2nd and 3rd were eventually decided on the final reach with Steve Cumley & Lucy Matthews, Emma Harris & Becky Priest and Krailing / Thompson swapping places on every wave. Krailing / Thompson snuck through to take 2nd with Harris / Priest 3rd and Cumley / Matthews 4th.

This meant that Krailing / Thompson took the event by just one point from Hufton / Whitehouse.

1st 2464 Alan Krailing & Gemma Thompson Waldringfield 5pts.
2nd 2470 Nigel Hufton & Chris Whithouse Frensham Pond 6pts.
3rd 2471 Matt White & Edd McArdle Waldringfield 10pts.
4th 2444 Steve Dunn & Tegwyn Roberts Felixstowe Ferry 11pts
5th 2311 Emma Harris & Becky Preist Waldringfield 11pts
6th 2492 Dougal Scott & Ruth Johnson Rock S.C. 14pts