The sun came out for Day 5 of the Lark National Championship after a very gloomy Wednesday sitting around waiting to race. This time, though, the PRO managed to get the races back on schedule.
The wind, however, wasnít really willing to play ball. The force 3-4 that the fleet launched in swung all over the place in the first race (Race 8), dropped, went right with the rain, then filled back in from the left. The PRO had a job keeping the course straight. The testing conditions didnít fox Hall/Haighton, who managed to clock up their third race win of the week, closely followed by Harris/Priest then Fish/Condie.
In Race 6, with the wind up again, Fish/Condie flew into a lengthy lead to hold it to the finish. Behind, the struggle was on for 2nd, with Krailing/McArdle clawing back the boats they had lost on the first leg to take the position. Matt White and Harriet Steer, more comfortable in the slightly reduced breeze, came in a good 3rd.
The third race of the day (Race 7) saw a substantial amount of crucial jostling in and around 10th place, where Krailing/McArdle and Hall/Haighton found themselves after a huge right shift had turned the fleet inside out on the first leg. Krailing/McArdle managed to sniggle up to 5th, leaving Hall/Haighton sailing their discard, racking up a 9th. This has left the two top spots separated by just 1.75pts. With only one race race to go, the battle for the title couldn't be closer.
Back to Race 7, the young Videlos, who had had to tack off right at the start , were the real beneficiaries of the shift, coming out at the first windward mark with such an enormous lead that nobody could touch them. Following them, there were several teams that hadnít found themselves in such a good position all week, and they all made the most of it. Simon & Sara Cox, showing increasing promise, finished in 2nd , Smashie Bennett/Nicola Booth in 3rd and all-girl pairing of Jane Alexander and Rachael Rhodes just losing third on the line to take 4th.