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Larks at RYA Volvo Dinghy Show

Daniel Watson - 10th March 2011

The weekend of the 5th/6th March saw the annual RYA Volvo Dinghy Show take place at Alexandra Palace. With it being the 60th Anniversary of the show it was a very special weekend, and this was no exception for the Lark Class who where there as always exhibiting and supporting the show.

This year the class were showing off a brand new stand in a brand new location and displaying a brand new boat. This in itself showed that the Lark Class are as strong as ever and ambitious about the future. The approach really paid off as the class had a very successful weekend with the stand being totally rammed with people on both days. With the amount of interest in the new design ‘Ovington Boats’ built Lark, the Class’s 2nd hand boat list and Try-a-Lark days totally blew away all expectations.

Over the weekend things certainly looked bright for the class and the new season. Other people visited the stand who were keen to join the class for its close racing as well as its great social side. All in all the feedback was that the class offers the perfect all-round dinghy racing scene for all the family and levels of sailor.

The Larks are looking forward to following up on all the enquiries it received over the weekend and hopefully welcoming lots of new members sailing both new and 2nd hand boats.

Also the main stage in the West Hall had a number of Lark people in attendance, not only with Fran Gifford reminiscing of her adventures around the UK, but also South Staffs Sailing Club, a hub of midland Lark sailors, won RYA Club of the Year - a magnificent achievement - congratulations to all involved. Stuart and Nick Hydon also picked up their prize for 2nd place in the SailJuice Winter Series and Joe Hunt was involved in his club gaining Volvo Champion Club Status. Well done to all.

Special thanks go to all the members who gave up their time to help out over the weekend as well as Matt Newton-Sherlock from Peyton Printers who kindly donated the stand to the class.