The final race of the Lark Frensham Five series saw 10 starters enjoying a force 2-3 North Easterly breeze.
A heavily port biased startline saw a mass of boats daring the shallows at the end of the lake and raft of water calls a few seconds after the start. Simon Cox and Neil MacKrell appeared to have got the better of the fleet arriving at the first buoy just in front of Mark Ampleford with Lee Nankervis crewing. Nick Hurst and Sam Booth followed just in front of Chris Ellis and Ed Smith.
On the next beat Ampleford / Nankervis and Ellis / Smith went right and both passed Cox / MacKrell. Hurst / Booth went hard left and lost loads – ending their theoretical title hopes. Cox / MacKrell challenged the leaders later on the lap but a dodgy spinnaker hoist meant he fell back into fourth behind Nigel Hufton and Chris Whitehouse. The Ampleford and Ellis tussle lasted for two laps but Ampleford never relinquished his lead despite an attempt to finish a lap early. A similar tussle developed between Hufton and Cox. On the final mark rounding of the race Ampleford and Ellis were becalmed. Ampleford gybed left and drifted a few boat lengths, which left him with a tighter reach when the wind filled and an easy trip to claim first. Ellis stayed on starboard gybe and was caught by both Cox and Hufton at the very close finish. Cox / MacKrell were however (harshly! - SC) judged OCS handing second to Hufton and third to Ellis.
1st Mark Ampleford and Lee Nankervis, Penzance SC
2nd Nigel Hufton and Chris Whitehouse, Frensham Pond SC
3rd Chris Ellis and Ed Smith, Frensham Pond SC
Overall, Chris & Ed won the series, with Mark’s win today giving him 2nd over Nigel & Chris on last race positions.
Final results will be available on the FPSC website (www.sailfrensham.org.uk) shortly.