The rare April combination of clear, blue skies, warm temperatures and a force 3-4 meant that the 17 Larks sailing at Frensham Pond Sailing Club on Sunday 21st April 2002 enjoyed a fantastic day's racing.
After a clean start in race 1, Chris and Rachel Jenkins set the pace on the first lap, only for their spinnaker sheet to come untied on the first long reach (rabbit out of the hole...). The opportunity was seized by Andy and Katie Shorrock who took the lead and extended throughout the race to win. Peter Cook and Janet Exelby also passed the Jenkins' to claim 2nd. Despite their continued 720 turn practise, Simon Cox and Anna Hotchkiss pulled through the fleet to finish 4th.
The wind increased to force 4 for race 2 and after an extremely close first beat and some confusion over a moved mark it was Cook and Exelby who charged ahead. They were caught and passed on lap 2 by the Shorrocks' and then by Cox and Hodgkiss who enjoyed a very tight race with the Shorrocks' just holding on to win. Jonathan Fish and Jenny Bennett finished 4th.
With the wind now a steady force 4 south westerly, the fleet enjoyed a tight course and fast reaches in race 3. The Jenkins led from the first mark and sailed cleanly throughout to win the race and secure 2nd overall. Cox and Hodgkiss were consistent again in 2nd with Chris Ellis and Carolyn Curwen from the home club having their best race in 3rd.
After a glorious day's sailing, the competitors were revived for their drive home by the famous Frensham tea and cakes.
|Sail No.||Crew||Club||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Points|
|2339||Andy & Katie Shorrock||Frensham Pond||1||1||DNS||2|
|2379||Chris & Rachel Jenkins||Frampton-on-Severn||3||7||1||4|
|2462||Simon Cox & Anna Hotchkiss||Frensham Pond||4||2||2||4|
|2263||Peter Cook & Janet Exelby||Bristol Corinthian||2||3||4||5|
|2469||Chris Ellis & Carolyn Curwen||Frensham Pond||7||8||3||10|
|2444||Sarah Richards & Tegwyn Roberts||Bough Beech||5||5||6||10|
|2416||Jonathan Fish & Jenny Bennett||Waldringfield||9||4||7||11|
|2470||Nigel Hufton & Edd McArdle||Frensham Pond||6||9||5||11|
|2322||Dan Shaw & James Moore||Frensham Pond||10||6||8||14|
|2365||Tom Whicher & Alex Adams||Frensham Pond||8||11||9||17|
|2332||Nick Hurst & Becky Hills||Frensham Pond||14||10||10||20|
|2484||Richard Lymposs & Nicky Curwen||Frensham Pond||11||13||11||22|
|12||Phil & Lynda Whitney||Frensham Pond||12||12||12||24|
|2471||John Marriott & Sam Booth||Frensham Pond||13||14||13||26|
|2045||Bob & Robyn Larder||Frensham Pond||15||DNF||DNS||33|
|2261||T Burgess & J Marlow||Chew Valley||DNF||DNF||DNS||36|
|2207||Peter Britten & Sam Lippett||Ranelagh||DNC||DNF||DNS||36|
Qualifying points total