Shustoke Open Meeting Report

Steve Cumley - 06th November 2006

Shustoke SC hosted the final round of the Gill sponsored Belle Isle Travellers circuit on Sunday 5 November. 28 Teams arrived for the 1 day open meeting, all with the intention of improving their final position on the leader board.

In the first race the bronze fleet left many of the silver and gold fleet boats napping. Rob & Ruth Marlow charged up the first beat and were in the front pack for the first two laps. By the final lap of the race, which involved a visit to most corners of the lake, a pack of 4 boats had pulled away and were changing place on every shift. At the finish Jon Fish & Toby Lewis took the gun and leaders of the bronze fleet going into this final round of the series, Stuart & Julia Allen pulled off a text book move on the finish to take second place.

Harry Pynn & Chris Videlo broke away on the first beat of the second race and were never caught. Chris Fish & Beth Condie took second ahead of a fast finishing Smashie Bennett & Kelsey Suggitt.

8 boats had the chance of winning the event with a good result in the last race. Steve & Eluned moved into the lead on the first reach and held the lead to the finish. With this combination Harry & Chris needed to get second place or better to stop Steve & Eluned winning the event. Despite a heroic effort in which Harry & Chris made it into second on the penultimate leg, Harry & Chris ended up crossing the line in 4th place which gave Steve & Eluned the win.

The Lark Fleet would like to thank Shustoke SC for organising a very professional event, Speed Sails for sponsoring the Open meeting and Gill for sponsoring the hugely successful 2006 Belle Isle Travellers Series.

Roll on 2007 and the Lark Class 40th anniversary!

1st 2496 Steve Cumley & Eluned Jones, Barnt Green 4pts
2nd 2452 Harry Pynn & Chris Videlo, Waldringfield 5pts
3rd 2487 Richard Bennett & Kelsey Suggitt, Staunton Harold 5pts
4th 2264 Jon Fish & Toby Lewis, Waldringfield 6pts
5th 2494 Christopher Fish & Beth Condie, Waldringfield 8pts
6th 2347 James Stewart & Ruth Johnson, Stokes Bay 8pts

1st Silver, 12th 2462 Nick & Joanna Marlow, Northampton
1st Bronze, 7th 2301 Stuart & Julia Allen, Banbury