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Lark Short Course Champs - Rock 2014

Following on from a fantastic two days out in the bay for the Rock Open, the Larks launched into a blustery River Camel for 8 quick fire races to contest the Short Course Championship.
Blowing from the South East, the race officer set the windward mark uptide, for a one lap sausage course. The tidal impact created tactical compression points at both windward and leeward marks, with the fleet remaining compact throughout. A clear premium was placed on the ability to get out of the blocks on the B of the Bang. But not before, with the automatic 20% penalty in place for every start.
The quick and dirty racing led to significant place changes from race to race, with consistency proving to be a rare commodity.
• First to seize control were Peter Gray/Rachel Rhodes with a bullet in Race 1.
• Next to step up to the plate were Chris Holliman/Kate Hutchins with a win in Race 2.
• Steve Hall/Ally Dart occupied the top step of the podium after races 3 and 4 with a consistent string of results.
• With a brief rise to the summit, Harry Pynn/Gemma Cook peaked in race 5.
• Race 6 proved to be the turning point, with Chris Whitehouse/Simon Haighton taking the championships by the scruff of the neck, with three straight bullets
• Pete Gray/Rachel Rhodes continued their bounce back to claim second.
• And, Charlie Roome/Sarah Allen maintained an inexorable rise to finish third and round out the podium.
A cracking event, enjoyed by all, left competitors wondering; why don’t we do more racing like this?!
Thanks to Martin Huff and the race team at Rock Sailing and Waterski Club for running a slick Short Course Championships.

All photos are on the Lark Class facebook page courtesy of Ruth Johnson.

Results:

Series Place Sail No Boat Helm Crew Series Points Lark Open 1 Lark Open 2 Lark Open 3 Lark Open 4 Lark Open 5 Lark Open 6 Lark Open 7 Lark Open 8
1 2411 Voodoo Chris Whitehouse Simon Haighton 14 6 4 6 3 1 1 1 4
2 2531 Polar Bear Peter Gray Rachael Rhodes 17 1 14 11 4 3 4 3 2
3 2519 Wicked Rumours Charlie Roome Sarah Allan21 15 5 4 2 8 2 7 1
4 2475 Buckaroo Chris Holliman Kate Hutchins 22 3 1 16 5 10 8 2 3
5 2536 Steve Hall Ally Dart 25 4 2 2 9 7 10 5 5
6 2470 Tiger Nigel Hufton Adam Owens 25 2 3 5 12 16 3 6 6
7 2520 Roller Girl Harry Pynn Gemma Cook 29 7 11 1 1 5 6 11 9
8 2450 Chris Catt Chris Martin 35 8 6 7 6 4 5 DNF17 7
9 2484 Muppet Dougal Scott Helen Scott 45 12 10 3 7 9 13 8 8
10 2462 Mr Bigglesworth Niall Marlow Joanna arlow 2 5 8 8 8 11 12 DNF17 NYF17
11 2507 Mr Bruce James Ward Katie Ward 53 9 9 9 10 12 7 9 NYF17
12 2510X Ermintrude Ryan Crawford Laura Lilley 54 13 16 12 14 2 9 4 NYF17
13 2503 Holly Hewat Karen Falcon 63 11 7 14 11 13 11 13 10
14 2515 Dark Night Kevin Rose Kate Merritt 66 14 13 10 13 6 15 10 NYF17
15 2490 Bob Rob Marlow Ruth Marlow 73 10 12 13 16 15 16 12 11
16 2510 Minnie Minnie Lou Mike Williams Finley Williams 84 16 15 15 15 14 4 14 1

Chris Whitehouse - 13th May 2014

 
 
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