Lark Class

 

Julia, on a beautiful Wednesday evening race in spring

Julia, on a beautiful Wednesday evening race in spring

There is a small Lark fleet at West Kirby, and we would welcome anyone who wants to join us sailing this really exciting dinghy, which is very well suited to the sailing available at West Kirby. We take part in the handicap racing on Wednesday evenings during the summer, and the handicap series on Sundays, as well as other races and events at West Kirby, both on the lake and the estuary.The Lark is a non-trapeze dinghy with a main and jib, and a good sized spinnaker to add some excitement to the sailing. It’s suited to people who have experience of sailing, but is a really great boat to sail and/or race in – please don’t be put off by thinking it’s too hard, it will reward your efforts tenfold, and there are lots of people willing to give you help and advice.

Check out these videos to give you an idea:

Great sailing in 2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5YDyXCk3Yo

On board action:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1_E1YhzRT8

Lark sailing highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNTff6PytIA

There are around 6 boats in the West Kirby fleet, and if you are interested in having a go please get in touch with any of the fleet members. We are partic

ularly interested to hear from any juniors who would like to crew these boats – do get in touch with Joanna Crabtree, the Lark Class Captain (joannacrabtree77@yahoo.com.au; 07952 599 606). Off the water the fleet regularly meet for curries in West Kirby, or at the bar in the club.

Lark activities and events

Go to our Lark Activities page to find out more of what we have been doing recently. Future plans include Abersoch Dinghy Week 2016, where we will be taking 2 of our Larks. Unfortunately this year we are not able to compete in the Southport 24 hour race, as we have done for the past 3 years, due to holiday clashes, but we hope to go again in 2017. It’s a great team event, with non-sailors just as important as sailors to our team. We have several new members of the fleet who are using the excellent WKSC Monday Night Training sessions to improve their handling and confidence with their Larks.
Our newer members of the Lark fleet - Rupert and Emma, and Michele, racing

Our newer members of the Lark fleet – Rupert and Emma, and Michele, racing

Hilbre Island Race 2016, Tamarama rounding the top of the Island

Hilbre Island Race 2016, Tamarama rounding the top of the Island

Hilbre Round the Island Race 2016, looking back from Tamarama

Hilbre Round the Island Race 2016, looking back from Tamarama

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lark 2317 at 2015's 24 hour race at Southport

Lark 2317 at 2015’s 24 hour race at Southport

 

The 24 hour 2016 crew

The 24 hour 2016 crew

 

 

Why choose a Lark?

Stephen, who recently joined the Lark fleet, penned a few words to illustrate his enthusiasm for his Lark

Look at a Lark from above the bow and you will see the appeal of the Lark. It’s sleek, purposeful and looks fast. In experienced hands they sail just as well as they look! I have owned my lark for over 12 months now, sailing at least twice a week. I think I am beginning to get to know her now. Some say it takes 3 years to get to know your Lark! When you get it right she is absolutely superb, when you get it wrong, she throws a wobbly and tips you in the drink.  I spent a lot of time swimming when I first sailed her. The thing is, when you first see a Lark, your first impressions are small boat, large sail. You then step in and she tips and wobbles all over the place. Your first tack is an experience. But slowly you get used to the round narrow hull, it starts to feel quite comfortable and natural for it to be that shape. This is what gives the Lark her speed and ability to plane even in only moderate winds.

The lake is brilliant to get used to the Lark but on the tide is where she likes to be most. Cutting through the waves, flat out on a reach in a force 5 is, by far, the BEST! This is when you begin to realise what the Lark is all about. This boat is SO rewarding to sail, small adjustments make a big difference so the Lark encourages you to learn more about the technical side of rigging a boat. As for the amount of sail area, the Lark does wear a rather large sail so adding another 80sqft of spinny may be a challenge. Well it is, but at least now I know how my boat should be rigged and have a few tips to prevent complete chaos and more swimming. Having said all this, she is just a dream to sail in a light breeze single handed or three up just messing about enjoying the wind and the water.

My Lark essentials:

  • Good buoyancy aid
  • Ability to swim 20 lengths
  • Courage
  • Sense of humour

Lark Association

There is a friendly and active Lark Association who are very supportive and run a packed diary of events and open meetings. You can find out more here: http://www.larkclass.org/. There are boats for sale, a diary of events, hints and tips on buying or running a Lark, a gallery of photos, a forum and lots more on this site