Another bright sunny day and pleasant breeze greeted the fleet for the first weekend of the Watling Plate. Dave and Jon in there 400 port tacked the fleet and pulled out a good lead up the first beat. Behind the 400 Ben and Steve in their D-ones had pulled away from the fleet to hold second and third. With a slight drop in the breeze the rest of the fleet grouped up as boats struggled to judge the tide.
Dave and Jon continued to pull away and were looking good till a miss timed gybe at the gate resulted in a near miss with the committee boat and a first swim of the season. Ben took full advantage and in the building wind and waves took the lead and never looked back to take the win with the 400 recovering to take second. Anna and Keith having got there capsize out of the way before the start took a well deserved 3rd. With the wind and waves continuing to increase and with everyone bar Jamie Freeman in a borrowed RS700 and Ben having taken a swim the fleet headed for the beach and a pie.
Next week is the start of the spring series, so if you haven’t made it down yet come and join in the fun!