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Larks at Royal Harwich Yacht Club

'Royal Harwich Lark Open 2011'    © Scott Davies

Larks took to the waters of Royal Harwich Yacht Club for the open meeting that was jointly held with its National 12 and Firefly cousins.

Conditions were breezy for both days. Saturday's gusty westerlies caused mayhem as the larks tried to weave their way through National 12s and Fireflies on Graham Ireland's legendary outer loop trapezoid courses. By Sunday the wind had veered so that it was coming straight down the river making it slightly more stable but still breezy.

Harry Pynn and his 2011 crew, Adam Owens, took four race wins out of five to win the event.

Royal Harwich Lark Open 2011 -  © Scott Davies  

Lark new-comers Henry Mills, sailing with Emma Knott were second, counting three thirds and a win in the final race, proving that their light weight was not a problem in the conditions.

In third overall, Charlie Roome and Dave Marlow had led around the windward mark in race one and also led race three following a superbly taken gybe at the leeward mark.

Royal Harwich Lark Open 2011 -  © Scott Davies  

Other notable performances were Chris Holliman and Kate Hutchins who pushed Pynn and Owens hard in race two and also came second in race five. Nigel Hufton and Andy Douglas squandered a good overall position by wrapping the pin end of the finish line around their rudder in the final race. Birthday boy Simon Cox and crew Ally Dart crossed the line first in race five but were later disqualified after protest against them was upheld.

As usual Royal Harwich provided the fantastic close racing that the Lark fleet is famous for. The class would like to thank Royal Harwich Yacht Club for organising the event and Jon Ibbotson, John Meadowcroft and Roger Morris for their time on the protest committee.

Results

1st

2520

Waldringfield SC

Harry Pynn

Adam Owens

2nd

2474

Waldringfield SC

Henry Mills

Emma Knott

3rd

2519

RYA

Charlie Roome

David Marlow

4th

2530

Hallamshire SC

Steve Hall

Si Haighton

5th

2470

Frensham Pond

Nigel Hufton

Andrew Douglas

6th

2444

Waldringfield SC

Matt Stearn

Drew James

7th

2475

Timsbury

Chris Holliman

Kate Hutchins

8th

2502

RYA

Steve Chatten

Helen Winward

9th

2413

Waldringfield SC

Geoff Mayhew

Jamie Mayhew

10th

2500

Waldringfield SC

Fiona Gray

Aaron Woolf

11th

2462

Attenborough SC

Nick Marlow

Karen Jewkes

12th

2472

Nigel Scott

Harri Condie

13th

2490

Attenborough SC

Robert Marlow

Ruth Marlow

14th

2370

Ulley SC

Tim Vick

Rebecca Marks

15th

2442

Waldringfield SC

Simon Cox

Ally Dart

16th

2484

Rock SWC

Helen Scott

Dougal Scott

17th

2504

Waldringfield SC

John Crooks

Laura Mitchell

18th

2379

Fishers Green

Will Kennedy

Max Ingall

19th

2098

RHYC

Graham Louth

William Louth



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