Lark Open Meeting 2003

A warm reception outshone the cool conditions for the 22 boats that entered the Lark Open meeting at Frensham on Sunday April 6th. The competitors enjoyed 4 excellent hard fought races held in a stable northerly force 2-3.

In race 1, locals Andy Shorrock and Carolyn Curwen established an early lead which they never relinquished, eventually pulling well clear. Jon Fish and Rebecca Marriott won the battle for 2nd with Chris Ellis and Ed Smith moving through the fleet to claim 3rd.

Race 2 was much tighter racing with the lead changing hands several times as the sailors made the most the opportunities presented by the wind shifts. Shorrock and Curwen sneaked into the lead on lap 2 and maintained a small lead to the finish. Again, it was Fish and Marriott in 2nd with early leader Nigel Hufton and Chris Whitehouse having to settle for 3rd.

The wind eased slightly after lunch and the first beat and run of race 3 saw the fleet tightly bunched. The congested leeward mark tested the fleets manoeuvring skills but again it was Shorrock and Curwen who crept around first to establish a lead which they held to the finish to secure the title. Dougal Scott and Helen Woodward also crept deftly around the mark and sailed well to record 2nd. Ellis and Smith were again consistent in 3rd.

There was still much to play for in race 4 and Fish and Marriott made no mistake and led from start to finish. Ellis and Smith again climbed well and eventually secured 2nd place while Dave Chisholm held on to 3rd.

The famous Frensham tea and hospitality ensured all sailors were suitably refreshed for the drive home.

Sail No. Crew Club Points
2339 Andy Shorrock and Carolyn Curwen Frensham 3
2264 Jon Fish and Rebecca Marriott Waldringfield 5
2469 Chris Ellis and Ed Smith Frensham 8
2481 Mark Ampleford and Lee Nankeris Penzance 15
2470 Nigel Hufton and Chris Whitehouse Frensham 16