Larks at West Kirby

Victory for Emma Harris and Becky Priest

Tuesday September 7th 2004, Author: Emma Harris, Location: United Kingdom
Sun greeted the Larks at West Kirby on 4/5 September, but the wind teased the fleet as the sea breeze struggled to make it's impact.

Race 1 got away out on the estuary with Mark Ampleford/Lee Nankervis judging the tide perfectly to lay the windward mark. Although Emma Harris and Becky Priest tried hard to pass them, it proved impossible and Ampleford/Nankervis took the race.

Race 2 started in a light and fickle wind, the first leg quickly turning into a fetch. Harris/Priest rounded in the lead and gybed to the wing mark. As the wind filled in from ahead Harris/Priest kept the lead, but the rest of the fleet turned inside out. Chris/Ann Biglin who took the advantage to finish in 2nd with Stuart Morris in 3rd.

Race 3 saw a chop developing across the course and an occasional F3. Harris/Priest again rounded first, eventually winning by several minutes from Smashie Bennett/Tim and Tim Lawrence/Christine Elles-Toner.

Sunday morning dawned grey and breathless. After a postponement Race 4 started as a zephyr of breeze filled in. The eventual 1-2-3 was the same in both Races 4 & 5, with locals Mike Hartley/Will Shepherd showing the fleet how to do it in no wind, Harris/Priest in 2nd and Ampleford/Nankervis in 3rd.

Results;
1st Emma Harris and Becky Priest 6pts
2nd Mark Ampleford and Lee Nankervis 11pts
3rd Tim Lawrence and Christine Elles-Toner 14pts
4th Mike Hartley and Will Shepherd 16pts
5th Richard Bennett and Tim/Jenny 17pts

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