Glorious end to proceedings at Gorleston

With the weather more characteristic of August rather than October sailors enjoyed near perfect conditions at Gorleston on Sunday.

It was the final day's sailing for the club's Watling Plate series which is held throughout the season. The race team set a windward leeward course with the wind crossing the flood tide.

In the first race Richard Fryer and Carol Smalls in their RS400 led from start to finish. The rest of the fleet were closely bunched with only a minute separating them, Martin Browne and Di Holmes in another RS400 leading the pack across the line.

Race two saw Browne and Holmes take an early lead choosing the left side of the beat to lead at the windward mark by 50 metres. After the first lap they were closely following by two more RS400's, Fryer and Smalls and Richard Brown and Jen Adams. Browne and Holmes held their lead to the finish followed by Fryer and Smalls, David Houghton and John Symonds in a RS500 putting in a late charge finishing a few seconds behind.

The final race of the day was the closest, with only a minute separating all the boats. After one lap Fryer and Smalls held a three second lead over the 505 of Tom Carr and Sarah Flint, which they held to the finish, with Houghton and Symonds crossing the line 20 seconds later to take the race on corrected time.

After 27 races Browne and Holmes emerged as overall winners of the Watling Plate, with Fryer and Smalls in second, beating Houghton and Symonds by less than a point.

• Mike Spencer and Sue Burrell won all three races at Buckenham Sailing Club in their RS Vision, Natterjack on Sunday.

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