On Sun 8th Jan 10 Larks gathered at Northampton for the second round of the winter series. Competitors were greeted with a brisk and bitter Force 3. The race officer made the most of the Northerly direction and gave us some excellent long beats up the lake and exciting slay rides back down.
In the first race Rob and Ruth Marlow hit the middle of the start line at full speed, and played the shifts to have a clear lead round the windward mark. David Marlow/Ben Biglin rounded second, with the rest of the fleet in close pursuit. Over the next legs Steve Cumley/Eluned Jones, Chris and Ann Biglin and Tom Jeffcoate and Ruth Johnson all joined the leading pack. Eventually Steve and Eluned managed to establish some breathing space, leaving David and Tom to battle it out for second. As David and Tom rounded the last mark David had a half boat lengths lead but some slick tacking by Tom and Ruth gave them second, by the length of the bobble on your painter!
In the second race, counting towards the overall series, Steve and Eluned won the port end of the line, and with the wind increasingly heading on starboard they were able to tack off and benefit from a port lift all the way to the first mark. Tom and Ruth rounded second with Chris and Anne in third. David Marlow and Ben Biglin were back in 5th, but with some very fast downwind sailing they were able to overtake Milly Parsons/Jane Alexander and then Chris and Anne to briefly claim third. Neither Chris nor Milly were prepared to give up though, and after some really close beats Chris pulled back into 3rd and Milly reclaimed 4th. In a repeat of the first race Steve and Eluned took the line honours from Tom and Ruth in second.
There are still 3 more Sundays scheduled for Northampton during this winter, and with an open invite to all Larks, feel free to join us for some excellent close fleet racing. The next Sunday in the winter series is scheduled for Jan 29 so why not make a weekend of it by doing the Steve Nicholson on Sat 28 and staying on for the winter series on the Sunday?