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Lark Masters 2009 Preview

Tim Fells - 12th March 2009

Saturday 10th October 2009
Hayling Island SC

To all Lark Sailors, young and old, current and past it,

I am delighted to announce we have a fantastic weekend in store for the 2009 Lark Masters. The primary objective is to do what the Larks do best party! There will be just enough sailing to build up a thirst, but the main event will be the evening dinner and dance which we hope as many of you as possible will want to attend. This is a wonderful opportunity to renew old friendships and for the young and old of the class to share our enthusiasm, memories and stories.

We have chosen Hayling Island for a number of reasons. First, it has one of the best club houses in the country with a great dining room and bar that can cater for a big gathering. Second, there is plenty of accommodation on site plus many local options. Third, the club is home to a surprising number of old Lark sailors, many of whom have local houses and caravans and may be able to offer a bed to visitors. Finally, on the sailing front the club is highly experienced at running big events and has the option of running racing either out in Hayling Bay or in Chichester Harbour, dependent on conditions.

The format of the event will be a one day, 3 race Masters event on Saturday, followed by a similar Open on Sunday. By doing this we hope to encourage current owners to lend their boats and to crew for the Masters if required, join in the party on Saturday night and then have the bonus of a great Lark open on the Sunday. Of course any Masters who feel up to it can sail both days but somehow I think most will be content to watch the youngsters show how to do it.

Further details of the event will appear over the coming months when we issue the NOR, details of entry and party tickets.

The priority now is to get organised, which means booking the dates in your diaries, finding a boat, helm or crew and getting accommodation sorted.

For accommodation the first port of call is the club who have a selection of rooms available on site and a list of local B&Bs. Visit www.hisc.co.uk. Unfortunately camping on site is not allowed but the cunning amongst you will lend boats to those who have a local house or caravan.

The tricky bit is going to be boat charter. Some of you will have connections with current owners but for the rest, please register either your interest or your offer of a boat for either loan or share. We have set up an email alias for you to post your requirements masters@larkclass.org. Also, the Lark website forum will be a good place to ask or offer help. The Lark committee will be actively linking people to available boats.

We look forward to a memorable event!