Rock Open Meeting Report

Simon Cox - 04th May 2005

34 Larks made their "run to the sun" to Rock over the first May bank holiday. All the races were started using gates starts of 45 or 60 seconds, which was quite a squeeze for the fleet; the courses were triangle/sausage.

Two races were held on Saturday in the bay just south of Polzeath, in a 10 knot south easterly. The fleet had the welcome distraction of a school of dolphins performing around the race course. Jon Fish/Toby Tastic started well and lead for the first couple of laps but let Sarah Richards/Nigel Wakefield eak past to win. Chris Ellis/Catherine Young capitalised on their gateboat status to win the second race by a large margin in the building tide.

Two races were held on Sunday. Harry Pynn/Steve Dunn excelled in the stronger winds and won by a large margin from Chris Jenkins/Sally Wakefield. Sarah Richards/Nigel Wakefield took the second race from Alan Krailing/Rachel Rhodes, whom had sailed up through the fleet to finish second.

The wind piped up to 25-30 knots for Monday. A few crews used shrewd discretion, took their masts down and put the undercovers on. The more rash members of the fleet procrastinated but eventually took to the water. Pynn/Dunn went flying off down the tight reach with the kite up until their mast snapped, fortunately this was the worst of the fleet's damage. Chris Jenkins/Sally Wakefield picked their way through some upturned hulls and the rest of the fleet to win the first race. In the last race, Jon Fish/Toby Tastic used their spinnaker more conservatively, remained upright and won.

Many thanks to Rock SWSC for yet again hosting a fantastic weekend, both on and off the water.

Overall Results

1st Sarah Richards & Nigel Wakefield 10pts
2nd Chris Jenkins & Sally Wakefield 24pts
3rd Jon Fish & Toby Tastic 24pts
4th Alan Krailing & Rachel Rhodes 27pts
5th Emma Harris & Ed McArdle 28pts
6th Nigel Hufton & Chris Whitehouse 29pts
7th Dougal Scott & Dave Marlow 30pts
8th Chris Ellis & Catherine Young 43pts
9th Paul Gardner & Katherine Sampson 44pts
10th Chris Fish & Beth Condie 46pts