Final race in the Northampton Winter Series
Sunday 13 March was the final Sunday of the Lark Winter Series at Northampton SC. Going into the final race Steve Cumley and Eluned Jones led by 1 point from Simon Cox and Anna Hotchkiss and 3 points from David and Nick Marlow. Unfortunately a Hockey injury ruled out David Marlow from the final days sailing so the scene was set for a match race between Cumley/Jones and Cox Hotchkiss to decide the overall winner.
With discards in hand Cumley/Jones briefly attacked Cox /Hotchkiss pre-start and led out to the port end. Confusion then rained as Cox/Hotchkiss, unaware of the change in start sequence ended up buried in the pack.
By the first windward mark Cumley/Jones and David and Georgina Hand had broken clear of the fleet and went on to have a clear race. On the second lap the Hands sailed lower and faster down the run preventing Cumley/Jones gybing back to the leeward mark on port. This gave the Hands the lead for a lap before succumbing to the same move 1 lap later when Cumley and Jones regained the lead and just managed to hold off the Hands to the finish line.
Our thanks go to Northampton for putting on a thoroughly enjoyable and well organised series for the Larks. 17 Larks competed in at least one weekend of the series with 12 boats qualifying at the end.
1 Steve Cumley and Eluned Jones 5 points
2 Simon Cox and Anna Hotchkiss 7 points
3 David Hand and Georgina Hand 10 points
4 David Marlow and Nick Marlow 13 points
5 Ruth Johnson and James Stewart 15 points
Steve Cumley - 14th March 2005