Larks at Felixstowe

Win for Krailing and Thompson

Tuesday June 29th 2004, Author: Emma Harris, Location: United Kingdom
The weekend of the 26th / 27th June saw the Lark fleet descend on an old favourite, Felixstowe Ferry SC and, once again, it didn't disappoint.

On Saturday the 20-strong fleet were greeted by near perfect conditions, with a SE F4 creating a large swell against the rising tide. Race 1 got away at the second attempt. Alan Krailing & Gemma Thompson and Nigel Hufton & Chris Whitehouse battled it out for first place, Krailing/Thompson finally taking it on the last reach. Meanwhile Steve Dunn & Tegwyn Roberts were climbing quickly through the fleet to take 3rd.

Dunn/Roberts carried this pace into Race 2 winning comfortably from Krailing/Thompson with Hufton/Whitehouse 3rd.

Sunshine and a Southerly F2-3 welcomed the fleet on Sunday morning. Lark old-boy Richard Woolf, making his guest appearance, ably crewed by Natalie Bannister, rounded first in Race 3 with Hufton/Whitehouse in hot pursuit. The race was decided on the final beat with Hufton/Whitehouse, Krailing/Thompson and Dougal Scott/Ruth Johnson all getting the shifts right to finish in that order.

In the final race, Matt White & Edd McArdle led from start to finish with Nigel Scott & Sally Wakefield, Howard Enkel & Fiona Gray and John Lewis & Milly Parsons among the chasing pack. 2nd and 3rd were eventually decided on the final reach with Steve Cumley & Lucy Matthews, Emma Harris & Becky Priest and Krailing/Thompson swapping places on every wave. Krailing/Thompson snuck through to take 2nd with Harris/Priest 3rd.

1st 2464 Alan Krailing & Gemma Thompson Waldringfield 5pts.
2nd 2470 Nigel Hufton & Chris Whithouse Frensham Pond 6pts.
3rd 2471 Matt White & Edd McArdle Waldringfield 10pts.
4th 2444 Steve Dunn & Tegwyn Roberts Felixstowe Ferry 11pts
5th 2311 Emma Harris & Becky Preist Waldringfield 11pts

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