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Lark Open at Itchenor Sailing Club

by Stuart Hydon 12 Oct 2022 10:01 BST 9 October 2022

Three different Midland Clubs take Podium spots at Itchenor Lark Open Meeting.

Those survivors of the Saturday Lark Masters social took flight to Sunday's open meeting. The weather was again glorious and the breeze was stronger promising good hiking compared to the previous day. The race course was shared with the International 14's which allowed for some spectacular sights and capsizes!

Race one was under way which Stuart and Nick Hydon establishing an early lead. They misjudged the tide at the windward mark and let Jonny Coate and Oli Goodhead in. Down the run Stuart & Nick managed to establish room at the leeward mark, which was further helped with Jonny and Oli getting the spinny downhaul under the boat. The Hydon's then pulled away to deliver a win followed by Jonny and Oli. In third it was Steve Cumley and Eluned Stewart, yesterday's crowned "Masters".

Race 2 was a repeat of the first race with Stuart & Nick pulling away up the first beat. There was no mistake at the windward as the tide had changed direction. Jon White and Rob Woodward looked good up the beat, but soon their fortunes changed as they slipped down the order. The battle for the next 3 places was between John & Vicky Brickwood, Jonny & Oli and Steve & Eluned. After some tidal tactics John & Vicky finished second, with Steve and Eluned third.

The final race was a battle between John & Vicky, Steve & Eluned and Jonny & Oli. Which eventually ended in with Steve & Eluned winning followed by Jonny & Oli in second. Third was taken by Steve Chatten & Kirsty Phipps.

Thanks go to Itchenor SC for their hospitality and putting on a great weekend's racing which saw a great reunion of past and current Lark sailors.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1stWell Dodgy2495Stuart HydonNick HydonShustoke /Dittisham SC11‑92
2ndNelly The Elephant2496Steve CumleyEluned StewartBarnt Green & Netley SC3‑414
3rdRocket Ronnie2464Jonny CoateOllie GoodheadSouth Staffs SC2‑324
4thMowgli2528John BrickwoodVictoria BrickwoodFrensham Pond Sailing Club42(DNF)6
5thWeeble2502Steve ChattenKirsty PhippsNetley Sailing Club‑7538
6thMlevi2504John CrooksMillieWaldringfield5‑949
7thHavannas Revenge2540Jonathan WhiteRob WoodwardPevensey Bay SC6‑7511
8thDylan2539Nigel ScottTegwyn TrickerRYA‑86612
9thBrian2507Simon YeatesAlex YeatesChispstead SC‑98715
10thBuffy2459Nigel DenchfieldFiona DenchfieldGrafham Water‑1010818

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