In conditions that mirrored those of the Youth Championships of the previous day, plus constant heavy rain, 6 visitors joined the home Lark fleet to contest the annual Barnt Green Open meeting. PRO Bob Sugget and his team set a sensible figure 8 course which took into account huge shifts/gusts expected during the day.
First away in race 1 were Dave Young & Nicola Attwood who stayed ahead of Kelsey Suggitt & Josh Stuart and Ruth Johnson & Rachael Rhodes until a dunking at the 1st leward mark. Johnson & Rhodes opened up a huge lead over Suggitt & Stuart until their rudder fell off, allowing Suggitt & Stuart and the fast recovering Young & Attwood to catch up. After another lap, Young & Attwood had taken the lead which they held to the finish, Suggitt & Stuart taking a well deserved 2nd (the only dry team in the race) and Johnson & Rhodes 3rd after a capsize.
Race 2 started in similar conditions to race one. Again Young & Attwood were first round the windward mark, followed by Suggitt & Stuart and Chris and Ann Biglin. First the Biglins' capsized, followed by Suggitt & Stuart, leaving Young & Attwood to take an unasailable lead to the finish. They were followed home by Stuart and Julia Allen who sailed brilliantly dispite their lack of weight, and Johnson & Rhodes who recovered well from a cartwheel swim at the start (9.5 for artistic impression ladies).
The Open now decided in Dave Young & Nicola Attwood favour, the fleet got away for the start of the 3rd race in more moderate coniditions. Again, Young & Attwood lead round the 1st mark, but had a battle with the Biglins' until the finish, which they held on to. Ruth Johnson and Rachael Rhodes gained their third 3rd of the day. This left 3 teams tied on 6 points.
The Lark class thank Barnt Green Sailing Club for another memorable 2 days of sailing, and look forward to coming back in greater numbers next year.
1st 2507 Dave Young & Nicola Attwood, South Staffs/Barnt Green SCs 2pts
2nd 2488 Chris & Ann Biglin, Shustoke SC 6pts
3rd 2467 Kelsey Suggitt & Josh Stuart, Barnt Green SC 6pts
4th 2347 Ruth Johnson & Rachael Rhodes, South Staffs SC 6pts