Following a very successful 3 years at the top, Dan Watson is stepping down as Chairman of the Lark Class with immediate effect. The current Vice Chairman, James Ward, will take over as ‘Acting’ Chairman until the class AGM in the summer where he will be putting himself forward to be officially voted in as Chairman.
Dan moved to Hong Kong in the summer of 2012 and has been successfully overseeing all class business from there throughout the winter, but now feels it’s time to hand the reigns over to someone else. Dan will however still remain an important part of the Lark Class committee.
Dan has been instrumental over the last 3 years in overseeing the Committee’s ongoing mission to reinvent the Lark Class, changing people’s perception of the Lark and helping to promote the fact the Lark is no longer just a class for student’s, but is a class where you consistently get friendly competitive racing for all ages and abilities, a family class, and a boat that is built by the best dinghy boat builders in the UK, Ovington Boats. On top of this he has pioneered the unique ‘Try – a – Lark’ concept using a brand new, class owned Lark, as well as successfully offering a National Championships for £99 in 2012.
Dan Watson says “" I have been honored and proud to serve as Lark Chairman for the past 3 years, but with my recent move to Hong Kong it is clear that the class can be better led by someone closer to home. So I extremely pleased to pass the reigns onto my vice chairman, James Ward, with immediate effect. There is no better person to lead the lark class into the exciting times ahead."
The class is very pleased to still have Dan involved as a senior committee member going forwards, and who knows, maybe we will see a Hong Kong Lark fleet in the near future.
James Ward, the Larks new ‘Acting’ Chairman, comes with 3 years committee experience as Vice-Chairman to the class and has himself been spear heading the ‘change the perception’ strategy. James has also been responsible for securing sponsorship for all the Lark’s Championship events and Belle Isle Traveller series for the last 2 years, something that has been unheard of in recent years and in these difficult times. Over the winter James has also been restructuring the Committee, the roles within it and the committee members, for the first time in a long time the Lark Committee is almost 100% full and with extremely knowledgeable, ambitious and passionate Lark sailors who all share the same vision of growing the class and continuing its success in the coming years.
This is very exciting times for the Lark class. With many new things on the horizon and the Larks are thrilled to have James at the helm.
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