Rock Open Meeting Report

Simon Cox - 09th May 2006

A superb turnout of 39 Larks enjoyed sailing at Rock, Cornwall over the May Bank holiday. The fleet had a good lie-in on Saturday, as the late tides necessitated a late start.

Two races were sailed in the bay in a good breeze. Chris & Rachel Jenkins worked the first beat well and extended to win the race followed by Sarah Richards & Nigel Wakefield and Michael-John Gifford & Hannah Mayhew.

In the second race dolphins distracted the fleet for long enough to allow Sarah Richards & Nigel Wakefield to sneak into the lead from Simon Cox & Laura Jakeman finishing in that order. The fight for third place was close with Nigel Hufton & Chris Whitehouse eventually taking the gun from the Jenkins in fourth.

Sunday's race was held in slightly breezier conditions. Chris Fish & Alison Dart saw off the challenge of Alan Krailing & Edd McArdle to win. Jon Fish & Toby Lewis came in third. With the tides causing havoc and the water rapidly disappearing the committee wisely sent the fleet in after one race.

Two races were held in the estuary early on Monday to catch the tide. These races tested not only sailing ability, but ability to sail with hangovers as the fleet had enjoyed Cornish hospitality and a stand-up comic the previous evening. The wind piped up to 15 knots and continued to build during the day. Richards & Wakefield capitalised on their pathfinder status to lead at the first mark and were never seriously challenged.

In the final race Fish & Lewis lead but were chased hard by Richards & Wakefield. These boats swapped places several times, as Fish & Lewis used their upwind speed and Richards & Wakefield sped downwind, eventually Richards & Wakefield took line honours and the event. Krailing & McCardle sailed a good race to finish second and second overall with a consistent score line.

The Lark Class would once again like to thank Rock Sailing Club for their hospitality and superb organisation. We can't wait to return next year - hopefully with better tides!

Overall Results 1st 2288 Sarah Richards & Nigel Wakefield 5pts
2nd 2464 Alan Krailing & Edd McCardle 15pts
3rd 2264 Jon Fish & Toby Lewis 15pts
4th 2494 Chris Fish & Alison Dart 20pts
5th 2496 Steve Cumley & Eluned Jones 27pts
6th 2470 Nigel Hufton & Chris Whitehouse 28pts