Lark Open Meeting 2002

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.

Overall results

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

Key

Qualifying result
Discarded result
Qualifying points total