Royal Harwich Open Meeting Report

Alan Krailing - 18th June 2007

Sun, Thunderstorms, Croquet, Sumo Wrestling, National 12’s, Firefly’s, the imagination of Race Officer Graham Ireland and a tricky southerly breeze all combined to produce a great open meeting for the Larks at Royal Harwich YC.

A ‘P’, ‘E’ and complex trapezoid course kept the sailors on their toes for the three races held over the high tide on Saturday. The variability of the wind and the variety of the courses were reflected in the results with three different race winners. Chris Whitehouse & Ruth Johnson stormed into a big lead to take race 1 and with a consistent series, including a third in race 5, Chris & Ruth took silver fleet honours by some distance. Steve Dunn & Toby Lewis won race 2 after a close race with Jon Lewis & Tessa Nicholls who took second. Jon & Tessa looked all set to go one better in race 3 but overcame the torrential rain and thunderstorm only to fall foul of the shifting breeze, dropping three places in the last few yards. This allowed Chris Fish & Beth Condie to claim the spoils from Alan Krailing & Edd McArdle in 2nd, who with a 2nd and 3rd from race one and two lead after day one.

Matt White & Harriet Steer were the stars of the show on Sunday with two race wins, but a 2nd in race 5 was just enough for Alan and Edd to hold off their late charge for overall honours, with Jon & Tessa in third overall. A 2nd for Matt Stern & Adam Owens in race 4 helped to secure second place in the silver fleet, with Steve Chatten & Kirsty Phipps showing some great speed for third. Holly Hewat & Ally Dart once again claimed victory in the Bronze fleet, with Jane Alexander & Rachel Rhodes second and Nigel & Fiona Denchfield third.

Full Results
1st 2464 Alan Krailing & Ed McCardle, Waldringfield, 9 pts
2nd 2471 Matthew White & Harriet Steer, Waldringfield, 11 pts
3rd 2356 Jonathon Lewis & Tessa Nicholls, Burghfield, 15 pts
4th 2264 Steve Dunn & Toby Lewis, Parkstone, 16 pts
5th 2411 Chris Whitehouse & Ruth Johnson, Ranelagh, 16 pts
6th 2494 Chris Fish & Beth Condie, Waldringfield, 20 pts
7th 2502 Steve Hall & Simon Haighton, Northampton, 22 pts
8th 2470 Nigel Hufton & Ellie Bremer, Frensham Pond, 29 pts
9th 2444 Matt Stearn & Adam Owen, Waldringfield, 30 pts
10th 2507 Dave Young & Eluned Jones, South Staffs, 33 pts
11th 2330 Steve Chatten & Kirsty Phipps, Frensham Pond, 41 pts
12th 2304 Geoff Sinton & Sara Olliff, Waldringfield, 43 pts
13th 2500 Simon Cox & Helen Hunt, RYA, 44 pts
14th 2442 Holly Hewat & Anson Dart, Medway, 53 pts
15th 2347 Jane Alexander & Rachel Rhodes, South Staffs, 59 pts
16th 2493 Dan Smith & Nikki Attwood, RYA, 60 pts
17th 2459 Nigel Denchfield & Fiona Denchfield, Stewartby Water, 63 pts
18th 2311 Emma Harris & Nigel Scott, Waldringfield, 66 pts
19th 2504 John Crooks & Helen Winward, Burghfield, 68 pts
20th 2413 Geoff Mayhew & Kim Lamb, Waldringfield, 76 pts
21st 2509 Spanni Archer & Jenni Moore, Waldringfield, 76 pts
22nd 2312 Barry Winter & Caryn Winter, Haversham, 77 pts
23rd 2098 Graham Louth & Sophie Louth, Royal Harwich, 78 pts