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Beating the Covid blues at Frensham Lark Open

Nigel Hufton - 12th October 2020

Larks at Frensham Pond
The Larks kicked off their season unusually late this year, hosted by Frensham Pond SC on 11th October.

The Larks reached their Covid 19 entry quota of 14 boats in record time and those lucky enough to get a place were rewarded with a fantastic day of racing in beautiful surroundings.

In race 1, Sam Bailey and Finlay Morgan were quick out of the blocks and built a good lead from Harry Pynn and Gemma Cook. The lead was exchanged a few times and the race was settled when Bailey and Morgan headed to the wrong leeward mark. Nigel Hufton and Matt Wood took 3rd.

In race 2, a 4-way battle ensued between James Stewart crewed by Roger Gilbert, Hufton and Wood, Bailey and Morgan, and Pynn and Cook. Hufton and Wood proved to be the best at handling the up and down wind and navigating through the other fleets on the course to take the win from Bailey and Morgan. Pynn and Cook just managed to sneak past Stewart and Gilbert on the final run.

With 3 boats tied going into the final race, all was to play for. John and Vicky Brickwood were adjudged to be over the start line and had to return. Pynn and Cook started at the committee boat end and quickly built a big lead over the other rivals, although it was Dan Watson and Sophia Kuhnert who rounded the windward mark first. Pynn and Cook then held a good lead to the finish to win the event. Bailey and Morgan were in hot pursuit, but unable to catch Pynn and Cook. Although the consistent Bailey and Morgan scored 3 seconds, they had to settle for third overall on countback (and first Youths) from Hufton and Wood.

The Lark class are grateful to Frensham Pond Sailing Club, particularly Chris Ellis and the General Committee for the huge effort to organise the event; and PRO Keith Videlo and family for excellent race management. They successfully proved it's possible to run a safe, compliant and enjoyable event that surpassed the expectations of all competitors.

1st 2520, Harry Pynn & Gemma Cook, Waldringfield SC
2nd 2538, Nigel Hufton & Matt Wood, FPSC
3rd Lark 2468 Samuel Bailey & Finlay Morgan, South Staffordshire Sailing Club
4th 2492, James Stewart & Roger Gilbert, Netley SC
5th 2528, John & Vicky Brickwood, Netley SC
6th 2531, Daniel Watson (Waldringfield) & Sophia Kuhnert (FPSC)

Full results are on FPSC website https://www.sailfrensham.org.uk/results/open/summer_20_larkentgp.html