Hayling Island Report
18 Larks made the trip to Hayling to share an open with the Merlin Rockets. They were greeted by a force 2-3 and a tricky chop.
Race one, Steve Hall/Simon Haighton led at the windward mark after playing the shifts on the left hand side of the course, James Stewart/Katrina Gilbert were second after working the right hand side of the course.
Hall/Haighton extended to a comfortable lead through the race, followed by Stewart/Gilbert, and also Paul Gardner/Ally Dart.
Race two and the wind had built to a force 3-4, and the chop was now turning in to proper waves. Hall/Haighton again led round at the first mark after starting at the pin end, they were followed by Simon Cox/Adam Owens and Harry Pynn/Michael John Gifford. Hall/Haighton consolidated their lead gradually through the short race to take the win, with Pynn/Gifford soaking low on the final run to sneak past Cox/Owens.
Race three was started in a steady force 4, after a long wait while the Merlins had 3 general recalls. The Lark fleet followed suit with a general recall of their own under black flag, the Race Officer managed to catch 9 boats in all, leading to a much reduced fleet.
Once the race got underway, Steve Chatten/Kirsty Phipps managed to port tack the fleet, however Pynn/Gifford lead at the windward mark, and consolidated to the finish. They were followed by Hufton/Douglas and Holly Hewat/Ruth Johnson.
The Lark class would like to thank Hayling Island SC for hosting them, and look forward to returning in the near future for some proper sea sailing again.
1st Steve Hall Simon Haighton Northampton 2.0
2nd Harry Pynn Micheal John Gifford Waldringfield SC 3.0
3rd James Stewart Katrina Gilbert Weston SC 6.0
4th Nigel Hufton Andy Douglas Frensham Pond 7.0
5th Simon Cox Adam Owens Waldringfield 10.0
Steve Hall - 20th May 2010