GJW Direct Lark Nationals Day 1

Alan Krailing - 12th August 2017

2 races were scheduled for day 1 of the Lark Champs hosted by Brixham YC. With the wind blowing from the North West over the Paignton. We knew it was going to be shifty and with the wind anywhere between 5 and 22 knots it was a tricky day for the for the sailors and the race office.
Race was a long race format started with a Gate Start. The boats late out of the gate were grinning all the way to the windward mark as a big right shift came through. Furthest right was Chris and Kate Holliman who rounded with a stonking lead. With the wind shifting through about 50 degrees they were never comfortable and were briefly passed by Stuart and Nick Hydon but ultimately they came out on top with Stuart and Nick 2nd. Nigel Hufton and Matt Wood came through superbly from a bad first beat to finish 3rd.
Race 2 was the new short race format and started from a line start. This time a big left shift left those at the pin end smelling of roses. Alan Krailing and Steve Videlo were hardest on the pin and port tacked the fleet to race into a comfortable lead. Second around the windward was James Stewart and Tim Hartley. Further back this time was Stuart and Nick but sailing low on the second reach they snuck up to 3rd and then ultimately got through to second.
Stuart and Nick are the early leaders closely followed by Alan and Steve tied with Chris and Kate in 2nd.