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Helly Hansen Lark National Championship 2019 at Rock - Overall

by Harry Pynn 28 May 2019 21:07 BST 25-28 May 2019
Prizes in the Helly Hansen Lark Nationals 2019 at Rock © Dan Watson

With the overall championship wrapped up on day three, day four of the Lark Nationals at Rock provided the opportunity for settling the minor places along with other highly coveted prizes such as the bronze and silver fleets, the buddy system, the coveted fidelis trophy along with the all important house prize for those sharing accommodation.

Strong overnight winds and a North Easterly breeze had created a surfers paradise, so race officer Martin Hough made the decision to delay the start and move the race course to Daymer bay. The wind had dropped by the race start and conditions were glorious with some screaming reaches in the sunshine.

With two gate starts it was a good day to be pathfinder. The current relief on the right side of the beat paid big dividends. A number of boats were late for the shortened gate. Class chairman Nigel Scott and Kirsty Phipps enjoyed a swim after coming together with Paul and Vicky Gardner on the start. John Brickwood crewed by Megan Brickwood were pathfinders for race 8 rounding the windward mark ahead of James Stewart and Ruth Johnson. The Brickwoods continued to lead the way until Stuart and Nick Hydon pulled through by judging the crucial starboard lay line to perfection. Champions in waiting, James Goss and Chris White, still recovering from the celebrations the night before, pulled through overtaking Harry Pynn and Gemma Cook on the final beat to take third place.

In race 9, Simon Cox and Anna Nankervis were pathfinders, but were somewhat hindered by the chop from boats lining up for the start. Steve Cumley and Eluned Stewart were last out of the gate and quickly tacked over to the favoured right hand side. James Goss and Chris White again demonstrated their speed, extending to a large lead by the finish. Cumley and Stewart held on for second ahead of the Hydons, with Cox and Nankervis in 4th.

Overall, James Goss and Chris White convincingly won the championship. Chris has now won as both a helm and a crew.

This championship has had everything. Amazing and well organised sailing, awesome socials, superb location and family friendly race scheduling. The larks will be keen to return to Rock soon.

  • Gold fleet, most improved, Lark Salver (Rock Open meeting): James Goss and Chris White
  • Bronze fleet: Neil and Sue Firth
  • Silver fleet: Keri Harris and Theo Harris/Freya Storm
  • Fidelis (1st helm outside the main prizes having completed 4 or more lark nationals): John Brickwood and Megan Brickwood
  • Married couples: Harry Pynn and Gemma Cook
  • First female helm: Emma Harris and Becky Priest

Overall Results:
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PlaceSail NoBoatHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
12533SMARTIE PANTSJames GossChris White5311111319
22495WELL DODGYStuart HydonNick Hydon42943221317
32538TIGERNigel HuftonMatt Wood12112323361130
42520ROLLERGIRLHarry PynnGemma Cook31574874831
52492FLORENCEJames StewartRuth Johnson146397495741
62528 John BrickwoodMegan Brickwood1101255121021245
72523DIZZEE GILLESPIEEd BradburnHolly Evans25812101189648
82496NELLYSteve CumleyEluned Stewart15771191058248
92484THE HOFFS BOUFFARTSimon CoxAnna Nankervis612116129411451
102534BOMBEREmma HarrisBecky Priot104281014567951
112521MOZZEYRachael RhodesJame Kearney1381026712101455
122507BRUCEDave YoungLaura Burch119688611161359
132529 Keri HarrisTheo Harris1614201618152814598
142502WEEDLESteve ChattenKate Ward221515131328141515100
152268TBCDan WatsonJulia Batchelor81813151614282128105
162522PROBLEM CHILDChris BiglinLiese Scott212214171128131317106
172539TBCNigel ScottKirsty Phipps201919141513171916113
182458DRAMA QUEENPaul GardnerVicky Gardner251617282819191210118
192442LUCKY PANTSKate MerrittKaren Alexander171316182817221821120
202537BLACK VELVETNeil FirthSue Firth92121282821162018126
212504MLEVIJohn CrooksFloro Winter182618191718232220132
222470TIGERGarry PackerRichard Packer262428282816151719145
232475HELLY HANSENChris HollimanKate Holliman7284282828282828151
242472ZEBIDEEDavid ThompsonOliver Jones272522201928182523152
252530WINDCHASERChris EllisJudith Young192028282822202424157
262510MINNIE LOUMichael WilliamsLoufew Gray‑Williams232328282820212322160
272501THE GREAT SPUDKamila CzartolomnaMya Peterson241728282828282625176

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