The Lark circus descended on Waldringfield on the 14th and 15th September for the annual Cartoon Open Meeting.
After a postponement waiting for the wind to fill in, a force 2 duly arrived providing glorious conditions for the light-weight pairings in front of a large and rowdy spectator fleet.
The windward-leeward course provided many tactical options when running against the tide.
Harry Pynn and Gemma Cook found the conditions to their liking, winning the first race having lead from start to finish. Several teams were caught out by the slick race management who turned the races around quickly. A shifty first beat in race 2 made for several place changes. Geoff Sinton and Helen Chatten, Alan Krailing and Charlotte Leigh, Matt White and Libby Bush, and Harry Pynn and Gemma Cook all had the lead at one point. By the windward mark Pynn and Cook had the lead which they defended from Krailing and Leigh until the finish. Dan Watson and Julia Batchelor recovered from their poor start to pull through to 3rd.
A family-friendly barbecue went on late into the night so there were a few sore heads for the final day of sailing.
All three of the Sunday races were held on the same course. A huge tide with unusually early eddies mean that the key to the racing was choosing how far off the rhumb line to sail to get into favourable current.
In race 3 Alan Krailing and Sara Cox-Olliff and Matt White and Libby Bush were at the front for the first 2 laps, but were overhauled to leeward by Harry Pynn and Gemma Cook.
Krailing and Cox-Olliff made amends by winning race 4.
By race 5 the tide had turned. Pynn and Cook got the best start and tacked over to the right hand bank out of the tide. Krailing and Cox-Olliff judged the layline correctly and lead at the windward mark from Watson and Batchelor. Krailing and Cox-Olliff extended their lead to win their second race in a row convincingly.
Overall Pynn and Cook had done enough to win the event, with Krailing and Cox-Olliff second and White and Bush 3rd.
Photos (c) Alexis Smith
1st Harry Pynn and Gemma Cook, 5 points
2nd Alan Krailing and Charlotte Leigh/Sara Cox-Oliff, 6 points
3rd Matt White and Libby Bush, 11 points