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Musto Lark National Championships 2024 at Weymouth Sailing Club - Day 1

by Jonny Coate 26 May 23:38 BST 26-29 May 2024
Musto Lark National Championships at Weymouth day 1 © Simon Cox

The Musto Lark National Championships kicked off today at Weymouth Sailing Club with two races held in a solid south-westerly breeze that built throughout the day. Crews were warmly welcomed by the club on Saturday with a competitors briefing followed by a superb reception with great food.

A great team of Weymouth SC's own juniors have also entered the event in the club's newly acquired Lark fleet, which is really great to see and comes with the added bonus of lowering the average age in the fleet a bit!

Race one utilised the gate start option with class stalwart Nigel Hufton sailing with Matt Wood doing the honours as gate boat. The fleet got away in around 16 knots of breeze on a triangle-sausage course, with a very long beat. With the wind strengthening, the fleet had two lively reaches on the first lap which also claimed the first capsize victims of the day.

The race leaders had a good battle at the front; I'm told there is little to separate the top teams of Tom Gillard & James Hobson, Chris & Nic White, and Ed Bradburn & Holly Evans.

Tim Fells & Frances Gifford also showed great speed to take third place in race 1 but unfortunately had to retire from race 2 when their spreader bracket separated from the mast.

By the start of race two the wind speed had built to over 20 knots. The race committee opted for a line start this time which kept things interesting. After one general recall the race was successfully started on the second attempt, with a lot of the fleet bunched up at the slightly favoured committee boat end.

Team White & White lead at the first mark after a (thankfully) shorter beat, closely followed by Gillard & Hobson and Bradburn & Evans. The breeze continued to crank up throughout the race, testing the crews to, and beyond, their limits.

At the sharp end Gillard & Hobson managed to get the better of White & White on the last beat and secure a second race win to finish the day with a perfect scoreline.

Racing continues tomorrow with three races planned, and similar conditions forecast.

Results after day 1:

PosBoat NameSail noHelmCrewClubR1 R2Pts
1Wind Chaser2530Tom GillardJames HobsonSheffield Viking SC112
2Smarty Pants2533Chris WhiteNicola WhiteSouth Staffs SC224
3 2526Ed BradburnHolly EvansSouth Staffs SC437
4Well Dodgy2495Stuart HydonNick HydonDittisham549
5Tiger Too2538Nigel HuftonMatt WoodFrensham Pond SC7512
6Rocket Ronnie2464Jonny CoateKate PhillipsSouth Staffs SC10717
7Dylan2539Nigel ScottTegwyn TrickerRYA121022
8Reasons to be Cheerful1948Chris TillbrookStephen ScrivenRoadford SC14923
9Rollergirl2520Harry PynnGemma CookWaldringfield SC91524
10Mowgli2528Andy HicksVicky BrickwoodFrensham Pond SC111324
11Camembert2264Jeremy StephensBecca StephensPenzance SC171229
12TBC2491Emma HarrisRachael JenkinsWaldringfield SC62430
13Polar Bear2531Daniel WatsonIsobel StewartWaldringfield SC131730
14Universally Challenged2521Maryn WilkesAlex Orr ProsperUCL Sailing Club201434
15Simply Red2508Jonathan WoodwardOlly HateleySouth Staffs SC151934
16Floozie2527Tim FellsFrances GiffordSalcombe YC3RET35
17Allergic to Water2536Samuel BaileyKamila CzartolomnaSouth Staffs SC241135
18Weeble2502Steve ChattenGeorge GrahamNetley SC191635
19Cleopatra2541Simon CoxGeorge Cox‑OlliffBrightlingsea SCRET638
20Mlevi2504John CrooksEluned StewartWaldringfield SC162238
21Synergy Marine Demo Lark2540Ethan DaveyMadeline BilbroughUniversity of Plymouth SC211839
22Musto2475Chris HollimanKate HollimanLymington SC8RET40
23Free Willy2501Megan BrickwoodConnor DicksonNetley SCDNC841
24 2529Paul BottomleyKatie KeithSouth Staffs SC232043
25This One2226Oliver LoadsbyLeo ShuttleworthWeymouth SC182745
26Buffy2459Nigel DenchfieldFiona DenchfieldGrafham Water252146
27The Other One2376Ned WinterBecky EwartWeymouth SC262349
28That One2272Dee WolffEdie StowWeymouth SC282553
29Vertigo2324Elise LloydSerenna BrodrickWeymouth SC272653
30The Hoff2443Kate MerrittVickie BurgessRYA22DNC55
31Spare2275Jack KeedyArthur HowarthWeymouth SC29RET61
32Jumpers, Kittens and Cake2349Lew Harris‑CormackBen HurrellWeymouth SCRETRET64
33= 2265Graeme BurtonCelia RushtonHerne Bay SCDNCDNC66
33=Frensham Pond Lark2472Haydn SewellHannah CarruthersFrensham Pond SCDNCDNC66

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