Firefly, Lark, N12 Open - 22nd and 23rd June 2013
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Report for 2012
44 boats travelled to RHYC for the joint Lark, National 12 and Firefly Open Meeting. The meeting attracted boats from local clubs including Waldringfield SC, Aldeburgh YC and Ardleigh SC, as well as those from further afield such as Keyhaven YC and Rock SC.
Saturday saw winds gusting force 3 to 5 and the fleets enjoyed 3 races on creative and challenging courses set by Race Officer Graham Ireland and his team.
The National 12 fleet were the most consistent with the top three the same in all three races, Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantine taking 1st. The other boats were sailed by Jon Ibbotson and Charlotte Stewart, and Antony and Jo Gifford. There were some noticeable up-and-coming youngsters crewing National 12s including James Gifford and Sophie Storey.
The Firefly fleet enjoyed some close racing, but all three races were eventually won by Stuart Hudson crewed by Amy Bowden. Those hot on their heels included Ali Barker and Nicky Goff, Josh and Tristan Richardson and Mike and Debs Steele.
The Lark fleet also enjoyed some competitive racing with Henry Mills and Oliver Jones, and Charlie Roome and David Marlow equal points at the end of Saturday having each scored a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place during a day.
Sunday saw strong winds with gusty squalls from the north-west. The fleet went out for two further races. There were numerous capsizes and a broken mast on a National 12. Many came in after the first race, or didn’t brave it at all!
Stuart Hudson, today crewed by Jane Hudson, and Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantine continued to dominate the Firefly and N12 classes. In the N12 class other boats sailed by John and Mandy Thornton, and Mike Hoyle and Adam Fuller revelled in the strong breeze and got 2nd and 3rd places. In the Lark class, Charlie Roome and David Marlow continued their winning streak, with Helen Scott and Karen Alexander, and Steve Cumley and Lucy Evans each getting a 2nd place in two races.
On Sunday morning at low tide there was a crabbing competition enjoyed by 16 under 10s. The children managed to catch 36 crabs between them in 15 minutes! This was followed by an entertaining crab race from slip way to the water’s edge. The winners were Samuel Brown and Rory Gifford who caught 11 crabs.