GJW Direct Belle Isle Event at Exe - Report

Stuart Hydon - 11th July 2013

Glorious sunshine greeted the Lark fleet at its annual outing to Exe Sailing Club. The race programme kicked off with 3 races on Saturday which started in a steady force 2/3 wind.

First race saw Corky Rhodes and Karen Falcon round first followed by John Crooks and Laura Lilly slipping just in front of Stuart and Nick Hydon having played the left hand side of the first beat. The Hydon’s took both Crooks/Lilly and Rhodes/Falcon by sailing high down the first reach.

Stuart and Nick managed to slide away during the rest of the race with Chris Whitehouse and Simon Haighton making up ground to take second position and Rhodes/Falcon took third.

Race two began with Stuart and Nick buried at the start. With limited options they went the right hand side of the course and managed to gain from an uncharacteristic lift from that side of the course. James and Katie Ward managed to round high up with Whitehouse/Haighton and Steve Hall/Oli Wells also well placed. Stuart and Nick managed to extend their lead with the Wardies taking second position.

Race three saw Crooks/Lilly again playing the left hand side of the course which took them round first followed by Rhodes/Falcon. The Hydons managed to pull up from 4th to 2nd by going the opposite way down the run. Rhodes/Falcon slipped to second on the next beat leaving the Hydons to take the win. Rhodes and Falcon held on to second whilst Whitehouse/ Haighton claimed third from Crooks/Lilly.

Overnight Mark Chadwick was awarded an informal “Duckhams” for missing the gate twice in the same race despite been told the first time.

Sunday brought similar hot condition, but less wind. The race officer managed to start the race. Again the Hydons pulled out a lead but sailing downwind provided a challenge as it was against the tide. Second was Hall/Wells who were fending off Ryan Crawford and Kian Andrews. The final race was abandoned and coincidently it was back in time for the Men’s Wimbledon Final.

The Lark fleet would like to thank Exe Sailing Club for their great hospitality.

Sailed: 4, Discards: 1, To count: 3, Entries: 13, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Boat SailNo HelmName CrewName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 2495 Stuart Hydon Nick Hydon Shustoke (1.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 4.0 3.0
2nd Voodoo 2411 Chris Whitehouse Simon Haighton Starcross 2.0 3.0 3.0 (9.0) 17.0 8.0
3rd 2503 Corky Rhodes Karen Falcon Netley 3.0 (5.0) 2.0 4.0 14.0 9.0
4th 2536 Steve Hall Oli Wells Burnham SC (6.0) 4.0 5.0 2.0 17.0 11.0
5th Melevi 2504 John Crooks Laura Lilly Waldringfield 4.0 (10.0) 4.0 7.0 25.0 15.0
6th Bruce 2507 James Ward Katie Ward Exe SC 7.0 2.0 7.0 (10.0) 26.0 16.0
7th Va Va Voom 2487 Ryan Crawford Kian Andrews Penzance 8.0 (9.0) 6.0 3.0 26.0 17.0
8th Muppet 2484 Helen Scott Dougal Scott Rock 5.0 8.0 (9.0) 5.0 27.0 18.0
9th Buckaroo 2475 Chris Holliman Kate Hutchins (11.0) 6.0 8.0 8.0 33.0 22.0
10th Weeble 2502 S Chatten Ali Ebel-Childs Netley SC 9.0 (11.0) 11.0 6.0 37.0 26.0
11th 2472 NIgel Scott Ally Dart Cotswold SC 10.0 7.0 10.0 (11.0) 38.0 27.0
12th Minnie Minnie Lou 2510 Mike Williams Imogen G.Williams 12.0 12.0 12.0 (13.0) 49.0 36.0
13th Camambert 24 Mark Chadwick Stacey Ebel Penzance 13.0 13.0 (14.0 DNF) 12.0 52.0 38.0