Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The Easter Weekend saw the Hyde-powered J/80, helmed by Rob Larke, taking the top spot. A great start for the team, which has its eyes on the class world title later in the year
Conditions finally came good for the last day of the RORC Easter Challenge with the wind backing into the south and building to double figures and three races were held for all classes.
Rob Larke, and his team of Martin Newman, Dave Fremantle and Nic Barnes, posted three bullets in the J/80 one design class, to complete a near-perfect scoreline - dropping the previous day’s one race to the Rachel Woods-steered Jumblesail, consistently second was William Goldsmith’s team on Exess.
“It was a great weekend and we were delighted to come away with such a great result from one of the key early season regattas,” commented Larke, “We are really happy with the new sails, which we have worked continually to develop over the last few seasons. We were working on a new jib and mainsail design over the winter and are very happy with what we have done. Our boathandling and teamwork is coming together, but we still have plenty to do before the worlds.”
The team is taking the campaign seriously: “We are sailing every weekend from now until the worlds and we will be going to Dartmouth after the Spring Series to train down there,” explains Larke. “We have done a lot of work to boat to make sure every box is ticked, we just want to make sure the boat is as fast as possible and all the changes and sail development are a good step in the right direction.” What is the team’s aim for the championship? “It would be good to be in the top five, but you never know who and what will turn up at the worlds.” There’s no doubt that the team is in with a good shout, and the one thing they won’t be lacking is boatspeed.
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