Larks at the Bloody Mary

Simon Cox - 07th January 2007

Five Larks made the trip to the annual Bloody Mary Pursuit race held at Queen Mary SC. On arrival we were greeted with torrential rain and light winds. Most sensible sailors would not have bothered rigging their boats, let alone get out of bed, but with drysuits donned boats were rigged.

The slow boats got the race underway just after 12pm with the Larks starting 25 minutes later. In search of clear air all the Larks split directions up the first beat with Steve Cumley & Eluned Jones leading flight 25 at the first mark followed by Simon Cox & Noelle Vidal who had recovered from a slow start to overhaul Jon Lewis & Tess Nicholls.

Steve & Eluned managed to break away from the chasing pack on the first downwind leg and got stuck in to the slower boats as the breeze increased slightly. The following Larks were put under pressure from Chris Whitehouse & Millie Parsons as they tried to make progress up the fleet.

As the wind fluctuated in strength it gave the chasing faster boats, especially the Merlin Rockets a great opportunity to rapidly climb through the fleet before the wind completely shut off.

A couple of minor incedents in the Lark fleet resulted in Simon & Noelle doing turns for a disputed mark rounding with Chris & Millie and but then overhauling them on the close reach.

At the finish Steve & Eluned finished an awesome 13th place overall in conditions which were far from ideal for the Lark on handicap. Jon & Tess finished in 34th and Simon & Noelle finally drifted across the line in 46th!

It was great to see another Lark travelling, 2177 sailed by Gary Jackson from Marconi SC eventually retired. Hopefully we will see them on the circuit later this year.