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 (email@example.com; 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
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
- Sense of humour
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