Frensham Five Race 4 Report

Simon Cox - 18th February 2004

A chilly north breeze greeted the 10 Larks who came to the line for race 4 on Sunday 16th Feb. A confused start saw two boats over and several out of position at the gun. Simon Cox went back to restart. Nigel Hufton didn't and it would cost him later. At the first mark Nick Hurst & Sam Booth led from Nigel & Chris. These positions remained for the first lap with Mark incurring penalty turns for an over ambitious move at the windward mark.

Nigel eventually passed Nick on lap two, but wasn't allowed to get too far ahead. Meanwhile Chris Ellis / Ed Smith caught Nick / Sam and briefly took 2nd. Close racing was taking place all through the fleet, with Bob / Robyn Larder chasing Phil / Lynda Whitney hard for a while.

The fleet endured a brief squall which brought more wind, but rain with it. Having re-taken 2nd, Nick / Sam held on to take the gun which Nigel's OCS denied him. Chris / Ed were solid in 2nd and lead the series. Mark took 3rd, having repelled a charge from Simon.

This is the most open series I have known, with three different winners of the four races so far, and any one of these still able to win overall.

1st 2469 Chris Ellis & Ed Smith 1 3 1 2 4pts
2nd 2481 Mark Ampleford & Lee / Kirsty 3 DNC 2 3 8pts
3rd 2332 Nick Hurst & Sam Booth 2 DNC 6 1 9pts
4th 12 Phil & Lynda Whitney 4 2 4 5 10pts
5th 2045 Bob & Robyn Larder 5 4 5 6 14pts
6th 2470 Nigel Hufton & Chris Whitehouse OCS 1 3 OCS 15pts
7th 1928 Sandy Lavelle & Pat Jones 7 5 8 8 20pts
8th 2200 Matt Wood & Natalie / Sam 6 DNC 7 7 20pts
9th 2489 Simon Cox & Neil MacKrell DNC DNC DNC 4 26pts
10th 2146 Brian & Pat Cushing DNC DNC DNC DNF 33pts