Mayflower Open Meeting Report

Nigel Hufton - 16th October 2006

The Larks made their annual visit to Plymouth over the weekend of 14/15 October.

An Easterly F3-4 on the Saturday meant ideal conditions for sailing outside the breakwater. Race Officer Dave Curno made the most of it, by running four races. Nigel Hufton & Chris Whitehouse revelled in the conditions to post four straight wins, but were chased hard by James Stewart & Ruth Johnson with 3 second places and Richard Bennett & Kelsey Suggitt with 3 third places. New pairing Simon Cox & Alison Dart also showed their potential with second in Race 2.

Stronger wind on Sunday meant racing was held in the Sound, with the combination of a smaller course and a shifting, gusting, wind making for a lot of place changing and exhilarating downwind sleigh-rides. Stewart & Johnson got the best of the shifts to win race 5 from Bennett & Suggitt. However, in an increasing wind, Hufton & Whitehouse showed excellent downwind speed to pull through to win two more races - also from Stewart & Johnson. With 6 wins and 5 races to count, Hufton & Whitehouse retained the Haigh Silver Plate. Helen Scott finished as top lady helm in 7th place.

1st 2470 Nigel Hufton & Chris Whitehouse, Frensham Pond 5 pts
2nd 2347 James Stewart & Ruth Johnson, Stokes Bay 9 pts
3rd 2487 Richard Bennett & Kelsey Suggitt, Staunton Harold 15 pts
4th 2501 Tom Jeffcoate & Jane Alexander, Notts County 22 pts
5th 2500 Simon Cox & Alison Dart, RYA 26 pts
6th 2462 Nick Marlow & Joanna Marlow, Nothampton 26 pts