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Larks are cheap second hand, so, it'll not break the bank to get a decent club racer.  They do have a few "interesting" vices meaning in a breeze, they happily nose dive and their round sections make them roll quite alarmingly on a run.  Their glory years were in the 70's and 80's with 100+ nationals attendance and getting in the top ten then was good going.  They are good on inland waters.   Although it doesn't have a kite, the Tasar is a much better, quicker and more civilised boat. 


Edit.  If your racing is typical "round the cans" stuff, in my opinion, an asymmetric kite is the way to go.   What about a Merlin Rocket?


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Originally posted by boatshed

 Although it doesn't have a kite, the Tasar is a much better, quicker and more civilised boat. 


Edit.  If you're racing is typical "round the cans" stuff, in my opinion, an asymmetric kite is the way to go.   What about a Merlin Rocket?


3 Tasars at the club, yes nice boat with some boat specific oddities, now't wrong with that though. Like a rocket on a reach. No kite.

If we wanted an assy the 200 is a fantastic wind strength all rounder, designed by an old ex club member. Had one, didn't like the assy kite. Not originally designed for a kite but added later at RS's request. All boats have to zig zag upwind, why do it downwind?

Merlin Rocket again nice boat, couldn't afford the string though.

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Sounds like a Lark it is!

Here's a couple of pics to savour Thumbs Up   I think they were taken by Lee Whitehead and Fotoboat

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Originally posted by boatshed

Sounds like a Lark it is!




Looks like fun.

....as I said not yet made a final decision.  Lark just looks good on paper at the mo.
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Originally posted by Sussex Lad

Originally posted by boatshed

 Although it doesn't have a kite, the Tasar is a much better, quicker and more civilised boat. 


Edit.  If you're racing is typical "round the cans" stuff, in my opinion, an asymmetric kite is the way to go.   What about a Merlin Rocket?


3 Tasars at the club, yes nice boat with some boat specific oddities, now't wrong with that though. Like a rocket on a reach. No kite.

If we wanted an assy the 200 is a fantastic wind strength all rounder, designed by an old ex club member. Had one, didn't like the assy kite. Not originally designed for a kite but added later at RS's request. All boats have to zig zag upwind, why do it downwind?

Merlin Rocket again nice boat, couldn't afford the string though.

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Thanks for your help folks, sincerely appreciated.


the RS200  is what a Lark would look like if she had  been designed in the 90s 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote boatshed Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Aug 19 at 4:07pm
Originally posted by NicolaJayne

the RS200  is what a Lark would look like if she had  been designed in the 90s 

I think that is a fair comment and all round the 200 is a far better boat than the Lark.   I still have a problem with asymmetric kites on 'low performance' boats as they rarely enjoy proper, apparent wind sailing on the off wind legs, which makes them a bit of a lottery in round the cans handicap racing.  A 200 with a symmetric kite would be an excellent all round, club racer, especially as it would be able to head straight downwind on a true run; which is often a very tactical leg.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Aug 19 at 5:16pm
Both boats have their quirks, both are fun to sail. Asymmetric on the 200 has ease of deployment, symmetric on the Lark means you don't have a down wind "no go zone". I'd get the Lark if handicap racing against Lasers.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote andymck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Aug 19 at 10:31pm
Canít you still goose wing a 200 in non class racing?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sussex Lad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Aug 19 at 9:46am
Light weight 2Ks are demons on our water. No real surprises though as most 2 k returns seem to come from ponds and there are lots of heavyweight hulls about.

While on the subject of weight I see (class rules) that Lark hulls should be min 95kgs, correctors used if underweight......does anyone know if  any "overweight" Larks were made? 

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Larks used to be lighter, I think 85kg.  For some reason, the class increased the minimum weight many years ago.   I think it was something to do with the builder at the time not being able to make them down to weight and strong enough.  I reckon you could find plenty of old hulls at more than 95kg without correctors fitted!

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