Sarah Richards and Nigel Wakefield win by a long way
Two races were held on Saturday in barely enough breeze to get downwind. The start line of the first race had a strong port bias at start time. The boats that tacked off onto port and went right found the breeze and a useful a shift that saw them sitting upwind of the becalmed boats that had continued on starboard. Despite carrying in excess of 24 stone, Dave Young and Lee Nankervis won from Stuart Hydon and Hannah Showell. Young and Nankervis also lead the second race until Sarah Richards and Nigel Wakefield sneaked past on the final run. Simon Cox and Anna Hotchkiss finished third.
The forecast for Sunday was a Force three gradient breeze, soon to be cancelled out by the thermal sea breeze, unfortunately the weather forecasters were correct. The third race started in hiking conditions but degenerated to another drifter. Jon Lewis and Milly Parsons showed a clean pair of heels to the first mark, but were rolled by Richards and Wakefield on the reaches. Dougal Scott and Katherine Sampson sailed through to third, just ahead of the consistent Chris Ellis and Kathryn Young, who were now the only boat with three top four results.
The fleet had lunch whilst the sea breeze established itself. Chris Fish and Beth Condie lead the fourth race but were gradually ground down by the top three boats from last year's nationals. They finished behind Nigel Hufton and Chris Whitehouse, Richards and Wakefield and Emma Harris and Becky Priest. Lewis and Parsons found form for the fifth race and won from chairman Steve Cumley and Eluned Jones.
Thanks and appreciation from the Lark class to Weymouth S.C. for running five excellent races in testing conditions.
1-Sarah Richards, Nigel Wakefield, Newport, 8
2-Chris Ellis, Kathryn Young, Frensham Pond S.C, 16
3-Nigel Hufton, Chris Whitehouse, Frensham Pond, 19
4-Dave Young, Lee Nankervis, Penzance, 20
5-Steve Cumley, Eluned Jones, Northampton S.C, 20