The Ovington production  line
The Ovington production line

New Ovington Lark

First production boat to be on display at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show this weekend

Wednesday March 3rd 2010, Author: Nigel Scott, Location: United Kingdom

At the forthcoming RYA Volvo Dinghy Show, the Lark Class (on stand D16 in the Great Hall, next to Crewsaver) will be featuring the brand new Ovington Lark. Following a move to Ovington boats last year the class already has a full order book for the season and has another production slot scheduled for later in the year.

The Lark Class committee are keen for all to try out the new Ovington-built Lark. The boat on the stand came second at 2009 Nationals and Inland Championships, so why not take it for a test drive. All you have to do is sign up and reserve your place at any of the ‘Try a Lark Days’ throughout the year.

The Ovington Lark builds on the highly successful deck layout pioneered by Rondar boats, but will be even stronger and more robust due to the construction materials, batch production, and additional re-enforcement integrated into the hull and deck. However, given that there will be no change to the hull shape, overall weight and rig of the new boats, trials during the 2009 season have shown they will not change the extremely close racing experienced at Lark clubs and open meetings across the country. All new boats come fitted with centreboard and shroud bolts, rudder pintels, 2 x self bailers, mast step, hatch covers and stem fitting, to standardise fitting out and measurement, and Ovington are working on a standard ex-factory fitted Lark for the next production run. Prices start from £3000 for a bare hull up to approximately £7500 for a fully fitted Ovington Lark on the water.

The class has an extremely active club and open meeting racing scene, as well as offering 50+ boat Nationals, close racing and affordable dinghy racing with competitive second hand boats starting around £750. With an ideal crew weight range of 18 – 24 stone and light sheet loading, the class is sailed by a really good mix of ages and a lot of women helms – 3 female National Champions in the last 8 years. As an Open One Design, the class allows owners to fit boats out with fittings, rudders and sails as per their preference, but restricts hull, rig and centreboard to ensure extremely close class racing. The competitive environment has bread numerous Olympic and Champions across many classes, with the 2009 Lark National Champions coming 2nd overall at the 2009 Endeavour Trophy.

Also featured on the stand will be the Lark Class clothing for 2009, developed in conjunction with Crest of a Wave and video highlights from the 2009 season, plus information on second hand boats, advice on buying a second hand Lark, details of Lark fixtures, training days and 2010 Lark Nationals in Teignmouth, Devon.

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