Please select your home edition
Musto 2023 Hikers LEADERBOARD

Musto Lark National Championship at Brixham Yacht Club - Runners and Riders

by Nigel Hufton 18 May 09:50 BST 28-31 May 2023
Lark National Championships 2022 © Robert Deaves /

The Lark National Championships will be held from 28-31st May. Many new faces are expected, with a vibrant mix of younger and older sailors.

Sponsored by Musto, the Larks return to a favourite venue of previous years - Brixham YC. Set on the southern entrance to Torbay on the glorious English Riviera, the event promises a family-friendly location and programme, varied race formats and great socials. Anyone wanting to join in the fun can find out more at

There will be trophies and prizes for the all-important Silver and Bronze fleets, so everyone can have competitive fun, wherever they are in the fleet. There will also be a raft of other trophy categories, including Married couple, Master & Apprentice, Top Club, 25-and-Under, 21-and-Under, Oldest boat etc - with plenty of prizes donated by Musto.

Challenging at the younger end of the fleet, we welcome back British sailing team 49FX sailor Megan Brickwood, sailing with partner Connor Dickson. Even younger, a new challenger for the youth prize is first-timer Jake Willars (previous winner of the Scorpion youth prize), sailing with John Tailby.

The top ten will be fiercely contested, as ever, with six previous Championship-winning helms (and seven crews) in the mix, challenged by many other talented sailors who are keen to get their names on the Silver Lark Champions trophy.

Chris White & Samuel Bailey will be difficult to beat. Chris is one of only two people to have won the Larks as both helm (2018/2021) and crew (2019). As a three-time winner he is now officially a Lark 'God'. He was fourth last year, but his new pairing with Samuel - a Travellers' Trophy-winning helm in his own right and winning crew in eight races at Rock - means that top three is realistic.

John Brickwood and Andy Hicks - John became a Lark 'God' in the 80s and 90s and returned to Lark sailing in 2022 with Andy, reunited their winning partnership from 1986! They came third last year and looked very good over the winter at Frensham. Heaps of experience and talent and will do well in all conditions.

Alan & Tom Krailing - Another Lark 'God', with four victories (2006, 2009, 2011, 2015), returned in 2022 with young son Tom crewing and came second in the light conditions. Should be top three if it is light/medium but may be too light for a blow.

Stuart & Nick Hydon - Twice winners (2016-17) and looking for that elusive third win to join the 'Gods'. Came fifth in 2022. Brilliant tactics and boat speed and an uncanny ability to thread their way through the fleet. The shiftier the better.

Tim Fells & Fran Gifford - Three-time winner (and sixth last year) Tim has nothing to prove but he retains his competitive instinct and skill, as shown by successes in the Merlin fleet with Fran. Should be top five.

Harry Pynn and Gemma Cook - A past champion and seventh last year. Particularly strong in light to medium wind. Favourite for the Married couple's prize.

James & Eluned Stewart - James is a crewing legend and regularly top ten helm in Larks. This year he teams up with ex-Lark National crew and wife Eluned, so could easily be top five and will push the Pynns hard for the Married Trophy!

Nigel Hufton and Helen Scott - Nigel has competed at every Lark Nationals since 1983 and won the Champs as crew in 1994. Still trying to complete the double, with many top five finishes. Winner of eight races at Rock this year. Now paired with Helen Scott - a top Lark crew - they have the experience, but lack practice together.

Ed Bradburn & Holly Evans - Ed is a past Lark Inland champion and accomplished OK sailor. Normally in the top ten, he will want to improve on 14th last year. Paired with Holly, they are capable of race wins.

Jonny Coate & Kate Phillips - ninth last year, but with some top three wins in Opens, Jonny could be a good outside bet this year.

Also with the range of abilities throughout the Lark fleet, there will be closely fought competitions across the race track. And as with all Lark champs there will be Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes up for grabs and prizes can always be won for special noteworthy feats of under-achievements both on and off the water! Watch this space.

All the up-to-date info can be found the Lark Nationals Website in the lead up to and throughout the week:

Related Articles

Lark Inlands at Draycote Water
A long awaited return to the venue Following hot off the heels of the Weymouth and Waldringfield open meetings the the Lark enjoyed a long awaited return to Draycote Water for their Inland Champs on 23rd/24th, shared with the Scorpions. Posted today at 5:06 am
Larks at Weymouth
What a welcome! Weymouth Sailing Club hosted the Lark fleet as part of their annual regatta over the weekend of 9th & 10th September, and what a welcome we had! Posted on 12 Sep
Larks at Itchenor
Brutal conditions for the Short Course Championship Following the tranquillity of the Banbury Open meeting in June, the Larks (shared with the Fireflys) held their next event at Itchenor Sailing Club on the 1st and 2nd July. Posted on 5 Jul
Designing the new orthodoxy
The design/racing career of a wise and radical man, Mike Jackson The post-war Jack Holt designs might struggle to be called 'radical'. That epithet will instead go to another Ranelagh member, a truly 'Wise and Radical' sailor, Mike Jackson. Posted on 30 Jun
Banbury Lark Open
Battling it out for the Flynn Salver Banbury Sailing Club welcomed visiting Lark sailors and home boats for a four race series to battle it out for the Flynn Salver; first won by Bob Suggitt in 1973, with other notable names taking honours over the years. Posted on 22 Jun
Why the Lark?
Megan Brickwood chats with Dan Watson about the class Megan Brickwood is in the British Sailing Team, looking to represent Team GB in the 49FX at Paris 2024. She's at the top of her game. She also chooses to sail a Lark. Why? She sat down with Dan Watson of the Lark Class to explain why... Posted on 13 Jun
Musto Lark Nationals at Brixham overall
F4-5 wind and big rolling easterly waves give epic conditions on final day Boom... F4-5 wind strength and big rolling easterly waves epic conditions for the final two races and decider for the 2023 Musto Lark National Championship. Posted on 31 May
Musto Lark Nationals at Brixham day 3
All still to play for after big wave day After a wonderful evening meal by Brixham YC, sailors may have missed the wind beginning to build throughout the night. Nevertheless, the fleet awoke with a strong breeze of 20knts and a large sea state, much the same as Monday morning. Posted on 30 May
Musto Lark Nationals at Brixham day 2
The race committee called for a gate start for race 4 It was a bit of a late night for some of the sailors at the Lark Nationals last night, with crews union being a big hit, although of course nothing more can be said about that. Posted on 29 May
Musto Lark Nationals at Brixham day 1
Sight of whitecaps gets fleet excited... but wind then fades For their 2023 National Championships the LARKS have returned to Brixham, a venue with particular significance in Lark mythology. Once again the class is very grateful to Musto for providing a fabulous array of prizes. Posted on 28 May