Please select your home edition
Edition
MS Amlin 2019 - 728x90

Lark Masters at Salcombe Yacht Club

by Tim Fells 7 Oct 09:47 BST 5 October 2019
Lark Masters at Salcombe © Claire Booth

Every two years the good and the great of the Lark class gather for a one-day Masters event followed by a party and an Open on the Sunday for those still able. Salcombe YC were again chosen to host the event providing three back to back races in the harbour and the use of their excellent club house for the evening's entertainment.

Saturday dawned with far from auspicious conditions - flat calm and drizzle. However, the forecast south-westerly arrived just in time for the first start and slowly built during the day, the skies cleared and by race three competitors were enjoying a brisk sail in bright sunshine.

Race one saw father and son team Bill and Sam Barker nail the start, navigate a very patchy first beat and round Blackstone first to much whooping and hollering. On the long run down to Yalton, Tim Fells and Nicola Bass together with Will and Mandy Henderson showed their intimate knowledge of the harbour to cross the tide at the right time and extend away from the chasing pack. Positions were held to the line with Nigel Hufton and Dougal Scott coming through to third.

Race two in a bit more pressure and this time it was Frances Gifford and Sophie Mackley who led at Blackstone and although they initially fell back into the pack on the run, they were first to cross to the town side and managed to just get an inside overlap on Tim and Nicola at Crossways. From this point they were able to extend away in nice pressure with the Barkers coming through upwind to take second place at the line from Tim and Nicola and the Hendersons.

Race three started in a nice hiking breeze and Will and Mandy led onto the run chased by Tim and Nicola who had established a narrow lead by Snapes point. On the fetch through The Bag the leaders raced each other into an area of the harbour near Lincombe Boat Yard where they would never normally go. Frances and Sophie also decided to join in this madness, leaving the door open for Chris Ellis and Judith Young to sail the official low route and establish a healthy lead at Gerston.

Sadly for Chris, and a salutary reminder to all us Grand Masters, his pain killers started to wear off on the beat home leaving him with a locked up back and barely able to tack. Frances and Sophie hunted down the wounded beast to take the lead and as Tim and Nicola also came through to challenge, put a close cover on them for the remainder of the race, enough to take their second bullet and the Masters title. Nigel and Dougal got their act together to take third ahead of the Hendersons who had sailed themselves into last at one point, much to Mandy's disgust!

All together it was a great day of close racing on the beautiful Salcombe harbour. Salcombe YC were great hosts and put on an excellent dinner in the evening. Tim and Frances now have much to discuss when they reunite their team in the Merlin next weekend!

Overall Results:

1st and 1st Apprentice Master - Frances Gifford and Sophie Mackley
2nd and 1st Grand Master - Tim Fells and Nicola Bass
3rd and 2nd Grand Master - Will and Mandy Henderson
4th and 1st Master - Nigel Hufton and Dougal Scott

Related Articles

Lark Winter Championship at Northampton
Spectacular sailing alongside the National 12s, Enterprises and Solutions The Larks joined forces with National 12s, Enterprises and Solutions for a spectacular festival of sailing over the bonfire weekend. Posted on 5 Nov
Tips for sailing with a young crew
What is different when racing with kids between the age of 6 and 12 Here are some top tips on sailing with young people. The guide covers boat set up, jobs for the crew, sailing techniques, kit and incentives. It is written from the experience of several people who have sailed with kids between the age of 6 and 12. Posted on 25 Oct
Larks at Salcombe
Stalwarts return to the fray after the Masters After Saturday's Lark Masters event, the stalwarts returned to the fray for the Open Meeting on Sunday 6th October. Three races were planned, which caused some trepidation for the more senior sailors! Posted on 10 Oct
Larks at the Waldringfield Cartoon Trophy
A huge tide with unusually early eddies After a postponement waiting for the wind to fill in, a force 2 duly arrived providing glorious conditions for the light-weight pairings in front of a large and rowdy spectator fleet. Posted on 20 Sep
West Lancs YC 24 Hour Race
Night-time wind picks up and causes capsizes in the dark It's September, the sun is out and a light breeze is blowing from the south west, it must be time for the Twenty-Four-Hour Race. Yet again we were blessed with lovely warm sunny weather to start our fifty-third race. Posted on 17 Sep
Larks at the Salcombe Yacht Club Annual Regatta
Fleet includes five previous National Champions A fabulous fleet of eleven Larks (including five past Lark National Champions) arrived in Salcombe for the Salcombe Gin Regatta to be greeted by sunshine and 40-50 knots of breeze. Posted on 18 Aug
Salcombe Yacht Club Annual Regatta
A huge mix of sun, wind and rain for the 183 competing boats There was a huge mix of sun, wind and rain during the 124th Salcombe Gin sponsored SYC annual Regatta and the 183 competing boats in sixteen different classes were challenged on the water with plenty of navigation decisions in a busy estuary. Posted on 16 Aug
Larks at the 2019 Lymington Dinghy Regatta
Beautiful sunshine, friendly faces and a shifty and gusty wind Beautiful sunshine, friendly faces and a shifty and gusty F2-3 greeted the travelling Larks who entered the Lymington Dinghy Regatta hosted jointly by Lymington Town Sailing Club and the Royal Lymington Yacht Club for this 120-boat sold-out event. Posted on 18 Jul
What's the formula at Salcombe Gin Merlin Week?
Unique in the dinghy sailing calendar and wildly successful Salcombe Gin Merlin Week is unique in the dinghy sailing calendar and wildly successful with it. Capped at 120 boats, the event is always over-subscribed with in excess of 180 teams applying for a place. Posted on 17 Jul
Larks at Banbury
Returning to the club for the first time since 2010 The Larks returned to Banbury Sailing Club on 16 June for the first Lark Open held there since 2010. A strong and competitive local fleet gave the experienced open circuit visitors a run for their money in a day of tightly contested racing. Posted on 19 Jun