© Simon Haighton

Royal Harwich Open Report

Lark Class Marketing - 15th June 2009

Royal Harwich YC based on the River Orwell hosted 27 Larks on the weekend of 6th/7th June. Race officer, Graham Ireland once again set his own brand of quirky courses to cause much confusion through out the fleet. Conditions over the weekend were mixed and were particularly cold and miserable on the Sunday.

Alan Krailing & Edd McArdle demonstrated an almost metronomic consistency throughout the weekend to win convincingly. The question now is have they peaked too early for the Nationals? In form, Smashie Bennett sailing with Karen Jewkes improved throughout the weekend to take a very good second place. Current National Champions, Chris Fish & Beth Condie, seem to be timing the defence of their championship to perfection. They scored a solid third place overall and could very well peak when it matters.

For the second year the Silver Fleet was won by Holly Hewat sailing with Ruth Johnson. It was good to see so many of the Silver fleeters mixing it with the gold fleet sailors at the front of the fleet.

Neil Barrett & Sophie Jones made the long trip from Leeds worthwhile by winning the Bronze Fleet from former champion crew, Eluned Jones who is now at the blunt end of the boat and worrying many a seasoned helm!

The weather dampened the usual interclass games night with the Firefly’s and N12's but there was still plenty of Sumo wrestling and indoor boat racing to be had.

The Lark Class would like to thank Royal Harwich for another superbly run event and we look forward to returning next year.

Overall Results
1st 2464 Alan Krailing & Edd McArdle, Waldringfield SC
2nd 2487 Richard “Smashie” Bennett & Karen Jewkes, Staunton Harold SC
3rd 2494 Chris Fish & Beth Condie, Waldringfield SC
4th 2311 Emma Harris & Becky Priest, Waldringfield SC
5th 2470 Nigel Hufton & Andy Douglas, Frensham Pond SC
6th 2257 Ian & Alyson Videlo, Waldringfield SC