A fresh feel to the weekend greeted the Larks, including four Bronze Fleet teams, at Mayflower SC. Competition is hot at this end of the fleet and rigging was undertaking with the normal jovial banter of nervous helms and crews. With the end of the Gill Belle Isle 2006 almost upon us there was quiet a lot at stake as the fleet headed out past the breakwater into a full on force 3-4.
John Crooks & Helen Winward showed their intentions for the weekend in the first race, coming in as 1st Bronze Fleet boat; a position that they held onto in nearly all the races, claiming the top Bronze Fleet spot for the weekend.
Not to be out done, Fiona Gray & Rob Woodward took some glory on the Sunday by leading the entire fleet round the windward mark in the first race and by being second around the windward mark in race two. A fantastic achievement as it was blowing old boots. This pair was rewarded for their achievements by taking second in the Bronze Fleet overall.
Stuart & Julia Allen had a lot to lose if they had not turned up to the event (especially with Mr Crooks and Miss Winward being on top form) and were rewarded with some great sailing. However, the wind had the last laugh, with broken bodies reported the next day.
It was good to see Ed Swift back in a Lark after a year away. Letís hope we see more of Ed on the circuit next year.
So, the Bronze Fleet goes down to the wire.... Two teams can win: Team Mlevi (aka Crooks/Winward) vs. Team Allen. However, if you do the maths, second place down to sixth are not quite settled and there are still four teams that can qualify by sailing the final event.
If you are free on the weekend of 4th & 5th of November then come over to Shustoke SC for the final event. There is a training day on the Saturday (contact Chris Ellis or Chris Biglin) and a one day Open on the Sunday.