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Medway Open Meeting Report

Charlie Roome - 14th July 2011

Unfortunately the author of the Lark class event previews, for which he is becoming world renowned, is too expensive to be commissioned to report back on the factual events that actually follow his preamble, and thus the below report is scripted by a rank amateur in comparison!

A small but competitive fleet of Larks arrived at Medway Yacht Club for a one day open meeting followed by the Medway Marathon the day after. Racing was held down river to make the most of the available water, which only led to a bit of Dragon and cruiser dodging!

Race 1 started with a strongly port biased line, and a strong ebb tide pushing the fleet back. Charlie Roome and David Marlow, and Ross Kearney and Ally Dart took advantage and chose to start on port at the pin, and these two boats took the early advantage along with Chris Whitehouse and Ellie Bremer. Roome and Marlow led round the windward mark and were never caught over the three lap race, despite the attentions of a hard pushing Whitehouse and Bremer, who were having a tight tussle with Kearney and Dart until they swam on the run.

Race two saw Roome and Marlow get away to a big lead, followed by Whitehouse and Bremer, and Hall and Hewat. A dodgy gybe on the run, followed by an unfortunate swimming incident, saw the advantage swallowed up with Whitehouse/Bremer, and Hall/Hewat, with these two boats taking up the running on the final beat. Roome and Marlow stayed in hot pursuit and chose to hoist on the reach, meaning by the start of the run the three boats were in a line. By the leeward mark there were frenzied calls for water, with Roome and Marlow taking the inside line, which they held to the finish. Hall and Hewat struggled on the drop, letting Whitehouse and Bremer through to second.

The breeze was up by the final race with all the boats depowering whenever possible including an outing for Holly Hewat and Ruth Johnson in their new ship, the chance to use their raking rigs. Roome and Marlow led from the start to complete the clean sweep, with Whitehouse and Bremer completing their hat-trick of seconds behind.

Thanks must go to Medway Yacht Club for turning three races around quickly in increasingly breezy conditions, and for their hospitality throughout the day.

Next stop Exe on 23rd/24th July for the famous welcome, tea, cakes and awesome sea sailing!