Tight racing at the Ferry

Emma Harris reports from the latest Lark racing

Friday July 4th 2003, Author: Emma Harris, Location: United Kingdom
Felixstowe Ferry greeted 23 Larks with near perfect sailing conditions. The racing proved to be very close, as it has been all season with only 6 points separating the top 6 boats.

Race 1 was sailed in a steady force 2 with Matt White and Clare Laforge winning from Chris Fish & Anna Hotchkiss with Steve Cumley & Rachel Jones finishing a close 3rd.

In race 2 Steve Dunn & Tegwyn Roberts took the lead round the windward mark closely followed by Hufton & Whitehouse and White & Laforge. Hufton judging the strong tide well passed Dunn on the last beat taking 1st place with Dunn 2nd and Pynn & Woolgar taking 3rd from Matt White.

On Sunday race 3 was sailed in a force 3 with a tricky chop. After a long beat Hufton took the lead followed by Dougal Scott & Ruth Johnson and Dave Chisholm & Kerry Ryan. Hufton pulled out a big lead and went on to win with Dave & Nick Marlow coming through to take 2nd with Scott 3rd.

Race 4 Hufton, Dunn & Pynn broke away from the fleet. Hufton proving to fast to catch left a very close race between Dunn & Pynn with Dunn just taking 2nd on the line.

Yet again the meeting came down to the last race with 6 boats still able to win. This time it was White & Laforge who took the lead round the windward mark, followed by Dunn, Fish, Scott. White went on to win with Chris Fish taking 2nd from Dunn on the line..

1st Steve Dunn & Tegwyn Roberts 11pts
2nd Nigel Hufton & Chris Whitehouse 12pts
3rd Mathew White & Clare Laforge 13pts
4th Chris Fish & Anna Hotchkiss 15pts
5th Dougal Scott & Ruth Johnson 16pts

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