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Royal Lymington Open Meeting Report

Steve Cumley - 02nd September 2008

Royal Lymington Yacht Club hosted the latest round of the Lark Belle Isle travellerís circuit on Saturday and Sunday 30th and 31st August. The event was sponsored by Harken and was shared with the Scorpion and Firefly fleet, making it a fun and friendly event both on and off the water.

The first race was delayed slightly by a general recall, which gave late arrivers Steve Cumley & Nicola Attwood just enough time to sail out and meet up with their respective crew and helm. The second start was clean and the fleet punched off head first into the ebbing tide. By the windward mark Emma Harris & Becky Priest had established a clear lead and went on to secure a very impressive first race victory. After a tight last lap, where judging laylines was crucial, Steve Cumley & Eluned Jones finished second and Nigel Hufton & Ruth Johnson finished in third.

In race two Steve Cumley & Eluned Jones led the fleet up the first beat and managed to hold off Matt Stearn & Adam Owens, keen to make amends for a disaster in the first race, when a motoring yacht had match raced them away from the race course.

Race 3 was held in much slacker tide and less wind. Dan Smith & Emma Waterhouse won the port end of the start and looked good for the first third of the beat. By the windward mark Cumley & Jones had worked through to take the lead which they held to the end. Matt Stearn finished second with Emma Harris & Becky Priest taking another third.

Three further races were planned for Sunday. Unfortunately as the competitors reached the start area the wind died completely, leaving the fleet to drift towards Hurst Castle. The Race Officer was left with no choice but to abandon racing and the rescue crews did a great job of towing everybody home. The Larks would like to thank Royal Lymington Yacht Club for organising a very professional and slick event.

Overall Results
1st 2496 Steve Cumley & Eluned Jones, Barnt Green SC
2nd 2311 Emma Harris & Becky Priest, Waldringfield SC
3rd 2444 Matt Stearn & Adam Owens, Waldringfield SC