Medway Open Meeting Report

Alan Krailing - 22nd June 2009

Medway Yacht Club hosted the 6th round of the Lark Belle Isle. On Saturday all looked good for a cracking sail and race 1 got underway in a decent breeze.

After a short beat and a very long run down river the wind dropped as the fleet rounded the leeward mark, the fleet split with the leaders heading right up the beet and the others keeping far left, everyone looking to stay out the
tide. The left paid massively and Steve Hall & Simon Haighton came from the back of the fleet to take a convincing first place from Harry Pynn & Helen Krailing.

Race 2 started in very light winds and a very strong tide. Alan Krailing & Edd McArdle took an early lead but as they sat in a hole the course was shortened. Father and Son team David & Nick Marlow sailed straight to the finish to take
first place as confusion reigned. Steve Chatten & Karen Jewkes took second and Nigel Hufton & Andy Douglas were third.

The open meeting was shared with the Wayfarers and The Larks proved their talents have hidden depths taking an astonishing first and second in the inter-fleet pub quiz.

Sunday was as predicted weather wise with less wind than Saturday. In a snakes and ladders race Alan and Edd happened to be in front when the finish gun went with Chris & Ann Biglin coming through for 2nd and guest helm Jon Ibbotson & Ally Dart taking 3rd.

Sensibly the race officer then called it a day and with one discard Alan and Edd won the event.

Overall Results
1st 2464 Alan Krailing & Edd McArdle, Waldringfield SC
2nd 2442 Jon Ibbotson & Ally Dart, Medway YC
3rd 2470 Nigel Hufton & Andy Douglas, Frensham Pond SC
4th 2462 David & Nick Marlow
5th 2492 Steve Hall & Simon Haighton, Northampton SC
6th 2515 Chris & Ann Biglin, Shustoke SC