Watling races survive the heavy rain

At Gorleston there were three races in the Watling Plate series and it was amazing that 11 boats raced despite the forecast for heavy rain and light wind.

At least the sea was nice and calm – but the rain at times was very heavy.

Three races sailed over one olympic, one triangular and a windward-leeward course. The 11 boats that took to the water comprised seven different classes but the RS400s dominated, taking nearly all the top places.

Things were little better at Oulton Broad, although there were reasonable fleets out on Saturday. There were eight dinghies out in the first Fast Handicap and it was won by David Frary, making a rare summer visit in his Finn. Second was Duncan Madin in his RS100 with Richard Fryer third in his RS300.

It was good to see a BOD class race although there were only three starters. Warbler won from Richard Dell with Sam Cole third.


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Waveneys were again the largest class and they were led round by Simon Marfleet, followed by Geoff Little and Jack Pickering.

Three more dinghies joined in the second Fast Handicap race and Duncan Madin recorded another win with David Frary second and the Falats third in their Firrball.

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Warbler did the double on the day by winning the Mixed Keels with Geoff Little second and Simon Marfleet third.

Several Squibs are away at the Class Championships at Dartmouth. Weather conditions have been tricky with four different boats winning the first four races.

Happily Bryan and Jenny Riley won on Monday so they are well placed.

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