The last Lark open meeting before the class championship took place at Warsash SC last weekend
The last Lark open meeting before the national champs was a closely fought affair. The event took place at Warsash SC and Dougal Scott and Ruth Johnson set the pace in the first race, rounding the windward mark with a significant lead. The rest of the fleet worked hard to close them down but they were never pushed.
Sarah Richards and Nigel Wakefield were best of the rest, followed by Mark Ampleford. The second race saw Richards/Wakefield make a clean start from the favoured end, followed by Richard and Jenny Bennett. These two boats remained in the lead for the whole race.
The fleet was greeted by windier and choppier weather on Sunday morning. Scott/Johnson got to grips well with the fresher conditions and won the race. Mark Ampleford crossed the finish line second but was over the line at the start. Richard and Jenny Bennett were promoted to second, with Richards/Wakefield third. The event was still open between Scott/Johnson and Richards/Wakefield going into the last race, Richards/Wakefield needing a win. These two opened a large gap on the rest of the fleet, but it took until the windward mark before Richards/Wakefield took the lead, which she held to the finish.
1st Sarah Richards and Nigel Wakefield 4pts
2nd Dougal Scott and Ruth Johnson 4pts
3rd Richard and Jenny Bennett 7pts