The final race of the Lark Frensham Five series saw 10 starters enjoying a force 2-3 North Easterly breeze. A heavily port-biased start line saw a mass of boats daring the shallows at the end of the lake and raft of water calls a few seconds after the start. Simon Cox appeared to have got the better of the fleet arriving at the first bouy just in front of Mark Ampleford with Lee Nankervis crewing. Nick Hurst and Sam Booth followed just in front of Chris Ellis and Ed Smith. On the nex beat Ampleford/Nankervis and Ellis/Smith went right and both passed Cox. Hurst/Booth went hard left and lost loads - ending their theoretical title hopes. Cox challenged the leaders later on the lap but a dodgy spinnaker hoist meant he fell back to into fourth behind Nigel Hufton and Chris Whitehouse. The Ampleford and Ellis tussle lasted for two laps but Ampleford never relinquished his lead despite and attempt to finish a lap early. A similar tussle developed between Hufton and Cox. On the final mark rounding of the race Ampleford and Ellis were becalmed. Ampleford gybed left and drifted a few boat lengths, which left him with a tighter reach when the wind filled and an easy trip to claim first. Ellis stayed on starboard gybe and was caught by both Cox and Hufton at the very close finish. Cox was however judged OCS handing second to Hufton and third to Ellis.
Mark Ampleford and Lee Nankervis, Penzance SC
Nigel Hufton and Chris Whitehouse, Frensham Pond SC
Chris Ellis and Ed Smith, Frensham Pond SC
Overall, Chris and Ed won teh series, with Mark's win giving him 2nd over Nigel and Chris on last race positions.
A chilly north breeze greeted the 10 Larks who came to the line for race 4 on Sunday 16th Feb. A confused start saw two boats over and several out of position at the gun. Simon Cox went back to restart. Nigel Hufton didn't and it would cost him later. At the first mark Nick Hurst & Sam Booth led from Nigel & Chris. These positions remained for the first lap with Mark incurring penalty turns for an over ambitious move at the windward mark. Nigel eventually passed Nick on lap two, but wasn't allowed to get too far ahead. Meanwhile Chris Ellis / Ed Smith caught Nick / Sam and briefly took 2nd. Close racing was taking place all through the fleet, with Bob / Robyn Larder chasing Phil / Lynda Whitney hard for a while. The fleet endured a brief squall which brought more wind, but rain with it. Having re-taken 2nd, Nick / Sam held on to take the gun which Nigel's OCS denied him. Chris / Ed were solid in 2nd and lead the series. Mark took 3rd, having repelled a charge from Simon.
This is the most open series I have known, with three different winners of the four races so far, and any one of these still able to win overall.
After a flat calm two weeks ago the wind came through for this week's Frensham Five with a pleasant, if typically testing Frensham breeze.
It was Nigel Hufton and Chris Whitehouse who took best advantage of the port biased line to lead the fleet away but it was Chris Ellis and Ed Smith who were first around the windward mark. A strong luff by Chris/Ed was not enough to stop Nigel/Chris overtakind down the first reach and a hold in the wind up the second beat allowed Phil and Lynda Whitney through. Although Phil/Lynda pushed Nigel/Chris hard with some tremendous boat speed the positions remained the same to the finish.
|Pos||Boat Name||Sail No.||Crew||Club||4/1||18/1||1/2||15/2||29/2||Points|
|1||Fast & Loose||2469||Chris Ellis & Ed Smith||FPSC||1||3||1||2||3||4|
|2||Thin Blue Line||2481||Mark Ampleford & Lee||Penzance||3||-||2||3||1||6|
|3||Tiger||2470||Nigel Hufton & Chris||FPSC||OCS||1||3||OCS||2||6|
|4||Silver Song||2332||Nick Hurst & Sam Booth||FPSC||2||-||6||1||5||8|
|5||12||Phil & Lynda Whitney||FPSC||4||2||4||5||4||10|
|5||2045||Bob & Robyn Larder||FPSC||5||4||5||6||6||14|
|7||1928||Sandy Lavelle & Pat||Shearwater||7||5||8||8||8||20|
|8||2200||Matt Wood & Natalie||FPSC||6||-||7||7||7||20|
|9||Foxxy||2489||Simon Cox & Neil||FPSC||-||-||-||4||OCS||26|
|10||2146||Brian & Pat Cushing||FPSC||-||-||-||DNF||-||33|
Qualifying points total