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GJW Direct Lark Nationals Day 2

Ruth Johnson - 14th August 2017

Day 2 of the GJW Direct Lark Nationals dawned with a glorious summer day, but no wind. PRO Sean Semmens delayed by 2 hours, giving competitors opportunity to get their fancy dress outfits ready for the evening - the theme being Gold to celebrate the 50th year of Lark sailing.

Current champion Stuart Hydon, sailing with son Nick Hydon, started as overnight leaders, with Alan Krailing & Stephen Videlo in close second.

Three races ensued in warm and sunny conditions, the Southerly wind gradually ratcheting right. The Hydons revelled in the conditions, winning 3 straight races and extending their lead overall.

However, behind them there was plenty of competition, with Krailing/Videlo having the best day with 2,3,2, consolidating their 2nd position overall. Harry and Gemma Pynn made the most of their favourite conditions to be next best on 3,4,5, promoting them to 4th overall, on equal points with Nigel Hufton & Matt Wood, who posted a steady 4,6,4, to promote them up to 3rd overall.

Leading the Silver fleet overnight are Jon White and Rob Woodward, an amazing performance having not sailed their boat for 4 years.

Leafing the Bronze fleet are newcomers Simon Reddecliffe and Mark Atherton, with only 17 points separating the first and last places in the Bronze fleet, all of whom are new to the Lark fleet.