With aching limbs from Sunday’s heavy weather training session, 12 boats entered for the 2010 Lark Short Course Championships held at Northampton Sailing Club with a more gentle force 1-2 forecast. The main aim of the day was to have fun on the water with a succession of short 6-10mins races, putting in boat handling and starting regimes learnt from the previous two-day Cathy Foster training camp into full practice.
The event started with a random allocation of the participants into 6 pairings, with each of the pairings fighting it out in 5 rounds of races (15 races in total) in the morning session. There were some notable race results with Chris Whitehouse, crewed by Chris Robinson, obtaining 4 wins and a 2nd place and taking the morning session overall. But also newbies to the Lark fleet, Chris and Verity Hopkins sailing a 25 year old boat, beat their training tutors (Steve Hall and Simon Haighton) in Round 4, and they also led Race 5 round the windward mark. The previous day’s training was already paying off!!
During the lunchtime break the fleets were split into gold and silver fleets, based on the morning results. The gold fleet included the usual suspects and also Adrian Padro who achieved a strong set of consistent results in the morning to put himself into this elite bunch of sailors. In the afternoon a succession of races were completed alternating between the gold fleets and silver fleets, with the winning silver fleet finishers promoted to gold and the two last place finishers in the gold fleet races being relegated to silver. This led to some furious racing and culminated in the morning leaders (Whitehouse/Robinson) being surprisingly knocked out of the competition by being relegated in their last gold race only to be OCS in the silver fleet showdown.
The Silver fleet honours were taken by 2nd place Darren Padro, crewed by son Ryan, with the winning silver fleet boat (Stuart and Julia Allen) given the chance to fight with the gold fleet and the chance to become Short Course Champions, but alas it was not to be … with the Grand Final race going with form and being won by Steve Hall and Simon Haighton sailing their new Ovington Lark to Short Course success.
A fantastic event was had by all with a great day of race experience gained for new and experienced sailors alike. The Lark class would like to send it’s thanks to Northampton Sailing Club for hosting the event, along with the preceding training camp, and for Dan Watson who stepped in at the last minute to take on the OOD responsibilities.