Lark National Championship Day 3

Emma Harris - 28th July 2009

Day three and the sun was (mostly) shining. Out in the bay, the wind was blowing a shifty F4 gusting 5 from the west. After last night’s antics at crew’s union, at least half the fleet were pleased to only have to do one Championship race today, although the Crew’s Race was scheduled to run back to back with it.

It always looked as though the left would pay and the top runners hit hard left to take full advantage. Amongst those were Hall/Haighton and Krailing/McArdle who eventually pulled out a long lead on the rest of the fleet. Behind, an almighty battle for the next 8 spots was taking place, the shifty conditions allowing places to change frequently. In the group were Smashie Bennett/Nicola Booth, Dave Young/Holly Scott, Will Croxford/Chris Warbarton, Hydon/Showell, the Videlos, the Cumleys and Harris/Priest who were climbing through from having being sent right as pathfinders.

Going into the last lap, Hall/Haighton and Krailing/McArdle had pulled out such a lead that their amazing synchronised capsize (triple back flip, double salco, 9/10; must have taken hours of practice) in what was probably the biggest gust of the day, hardly made an impact on the rest of the fleet. Hall/Haighton were up first and powered on to take the gun.

Behind, Harris/Priest who had overtaken Croxford/Warbarton on the top reach, then opted to keep their kite up on the second reach and overtook Bennett/Booth to finish third.

Crew’s Race

Nine brave crews opted to sail the Crew’s Race. Off a line start, Hannah Showell/Stuart Hydon started at the biased end of the line and went left to round first, closely followed by Paul Gardner/Nigel Scott. Gardner/Scott overtook downwind to hold the lead to the finish, followed by Ruth Johnson/James Ward.