Races 7&8 of the 2010 Frensham 5 took place on 28 February
With a forecast of 30 knts the day before, competitors were surprised to find a mellow Force 2-3 with even some warmth in it, when they arrived.
Another Frensham trademark downwind start saw Mark Ampleford again being premature in Race 7 and having to return with new crew Ellie Draper. Nigel Hufton & Kirsty Phipps won the windward end of the line, but it was Chris Ellis & Ed Smith who led at the first mark, never to be passed.
In Race 8, Chris Ellis again won – Nigel Hufton having to sit out due to lack of crew – but behind him a close tussle ensued, with Steve Chatten & Kirsty coming second followed by Phil Whitney and daughter Linda.
With 7 races sailed, 3 boats have qualified and Chris Ellis has already sewn up the series. However, 3 boats could still come second. Races 9&10 will be on 21st March, with the postponed Race 6 probably being sailed in April. In the meantime the Frensham Frenzy will be the next Lark battle at Frensham, on 14 March.
Number Helm Crew R7 R8
2469 Chris Ellis Ed Smith 1 1
2470 Nigel Hufton Kirsty Phipps 2 DNS
2502 Mark Ampleford Ellie Draper 3 4
12 Phil Whitney Lynda Williams 4 3
2422 James Ward Kate Haighton 5 5
2165 Chris Holiman Bryony Hutchins 6 6
2330 Steve Chatten Kirsty Phipps DNS 2