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Musto Lark National Championships 2022 at Pentewan Sands Sailing Club - Day 1

by Jonny Coate 2 Jun 2022 00:20 BST 1-4 June 2022

The first day of the 2022 Lark Nationals kicked off today at Pentewan, with 35 boats from all over the country contesting two races on Mevagissey Bay.

The forecast was for very light WNW winds, but crews found little breeze to speak of on arrival at the boat park. After a short postponement ashore, a light sea breeze filled in from a more easterly direction, which was enough for PRO Mike Ward to release the sailors onto the water.

With the breeze settling in a more south easterly direction, the fleet showed their eagerness to get stuck into race one with the first start abandoned under a general recall. A second attempt got away in 6-8 knots of breeze, with crews weighing up a choice between a tidal advantage on the left of the course, and some right hand pressure which seemed to be filling in now and then on the other side.

Stuart & Nick Hydon showed their impressive form by leading the fleet for the race and taking a commanding first race win. Matt White & Marion Enkel took second place, followed by Tim Fells & Frances Gifford rounding out the top three.

As the breeze went further to the right, the course and line were re-set for race two which now saw a similar strength breeze but from a slightly more southerly direction. The fleet jostled for position on a nice square line only for the breeze to shift further to the right just before the start. Those who started near the committee boat in a good lane benefited hugely from this shift and almost fetched mark one.

The skewed course made the legs fairly processional from mark one, but there were still gains to be made in finding a good starboard tack lane on the upwind legs. Once again the Hydons showed the way and took their second bullet of the day. The top three in race two was filled by Alan & Tom Krailing in second, and Harry Pynn & Gemma Cook in third.

Racing continues tomorrow with three races scheduled and 10-12 knots of breeze from the East forecast.

Results after day 1:

PosSail NoHelmCrewR1R2Pts
1st2495Stuart HydonNick Hydon112
2nd2521Alan KrailingTom Krailing628
3rd2520Harry PynnGemma Cook538
4th2496Steve CumleyEluned Stewart4610
5th2471Matt WhiteMarion Enkel21012
6th2528John BrickwoodAndy Hicks7714
7th2464Jonny CoateKate Phillips12517
8th2527Tim FellsFrances Gifford31518
9th252Megan BrickwoodConnor Dickson17421
10th2533Chris WhiteNic White81422
11th2523Ed BradburnLaura Burch101222
12th2477Glenn EnkelSara Cox‑Olliff18826
13th1948Jeremy StephensBecca Stephens151126
14th2538Nigel HuftonPete Nicholson131326
15th25271Matthew ShorrockKatie Kinver91827
16th2475Sophie MackleyHelen Chatten161733
17th2468Samuel BaileyFinlay Morgan142135
18th2311Emma HarrisJoe Hunt27936
19th2540Alice DavisBettine Harris201939
20th2509Stuart AllenJulia Allen192039
21st2492James StewartSusan Ogg241640
22nd2541Simon CoxGeorge Cox‑Olliff113344
23rd2515Matt Newton‑SherlockSimon Morris212344
24th2537Neil FirthSue Firth222244
25th2502Steve ChattenKirsty Phipps232649
26th2529Oliver GoodheadJohn Tailby262450
27th2443Kate MerrittKathryn Burgess292554
28th2531Daniel WatsonHannah Burt253055
29th2491Rob LarkeLottie Parker/Ella Larke282856
30th2504John CrooksWilliam Ellis322759
31st2470Garry PackerJack Bendall302959
32nd2466Mike CaleyKristian Brock313465
33rd2539Nigel ScottVickie Burgess333265
34th2510Richard PackerLucy Pearce353166
35th2307Paul GrahamAlexander Van Doran343569

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