Day 5 GJW Direct Lark Nationals at Saundersfoot

Rachael Rhodes - 08th August 2015

After 2 rest days due to true Welsh weather (lots of wind and rain!!) the race officer brought the start time forward to 10.00am to try and catch up the races and to allow everybody to be off the water early to make their fancy dress costumes for the famous lark “Welsh” themed fancy dress night and some big 30th birthday celebrations for a certain member of the fleet.

The first race of the day got underway on a trapezoid course with a line start in a light off shore breeze. James Ward and Eluned Stewart led the way at the windward mark by playing the shifts up the first beat. Pete Gray and Rachael Rhodes executed some good downwind tactics by not gybing off down wind to take the lead of the race which they held to the finish, followed by Krailing/Hunt and Hufton/Kennedy in third.

The second race was sailed on an Olympic course with a gate start. Chris White and Chris “Warby” Warburton took full advantage of being the gate boat to lead the fleet. They hoisted the kite down the very tight first reach along with Charlie Roome and Jez Stephens, but Alan Krailing and Joe Hunt kept the kite in the chute and caught them up. With the breeze oscillating and changing in pressure White and Krailing pulled away from the rest of the fleet and were engaged in their own battle for line honours. Nigel Hufton and Will Kennedy took advantage of this and hit the left hand side of the beat hard and sail into the lead with Gray and Rhodes sneaking into second place and Krailing / Hunt finishing off the top 3.

Prize for the best effort of the day goes to # ROUGH JUSTICE for flying their spinnaker for the first time even though their boat has no twinning lines! Go team!

Going into the final day, Krailing/ Hunt are the new National Champions. With 1 point separating second, third and 4th spots there is all to play for with 2 races remaining.

[Edit 7th August] With no wind on the final day, the result from Thursday stand.

Nationals 2015 Final Results

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRS
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GJW Direct LARK National Championship ~ 2015 ~ at Saundersfoot Sailing Club
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Competitors DetailsRace Results
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HelmCrewSail No.Boat NameClubFleetRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5Race 6Race 7Race 8Race 9PointsDiscardPointsPosition
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5
Alan KrailingJoe Hunt2521MozzyWaldringfieldGold0.7530.750.7542314.25410.251
6
Charlie Roome
Jeremy Stephens
2519
Wicked Rumours
Ranelagh/Penzance
Gold32540.758729.75821.752
7
Nigel HuftonWill Kennedy2470TigerFrensham PondGold29196230.7541.751922.753
8
Peter Gray
Rachael Rhodes
2531Polar BearStaunton HaroldGold466550.75228.75622.754
9
Steve HallAlly Hall2536BurnhamGold90.7592651142.751131.755
10
Christopher Hollman
Kate Hutchins2475Flow CoatRYASilver1043123794812366
11
James GossNic Booth2533South StaffsSilver7778794499407
12
Ross KearneyJane Kearney2501South StaffsGold55231019196319448
13
Chris Whitehouse
Ruth Johnson2411VoodooRanelaghGold11104109665611459
14
James WardEluned Stewart2507Mr Bruce?Silver8889114856114510
15
Chris White
Chris Warburton
2464Rocket RonnySouth StaffsSilver612197810567194811
16
Stuart Norris
Charlotte Norris
2517ShropshireBronze1513121114121087157212
17
Steve ChattenJulia Griffiths2502Frensham PondSilver1315101313111287157213
18
Garry PackerRichard Packer2252Blue TacBristol CorinthianBronze1211131512141592157714
19
Chris EllisJudith Young2530WindchaserFrensham PondSilver14141114191513100198115
20
Ben HipwellTim Freeman2165Rough Justice?Bronze17191416191616117199816
21
Nicholas Von Benzon
?2509ExpressoSevernBronze161919191913141191910017
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Nigel ScottMartin Andrews24722Silver191919191919191331911418