Write up by Jerry Colman

A forecast of light southerlies increasing rapidly to strong, gusty south-easterlies with heavy rain was not the ideal prelude to the first two races of the December series (no wind last weekend) but a hardy fleet of 10 dinghies started rigging operations in the moderate conditions before the 1000 start. In tune with the forecast as the start approached some sharp gusts from the east began to challenge the fleet during then after launching and the patrol boat, skilfully handled by May Shiu Chan and Chris Cope, began to get some trade. The junior sailors Tom Watterson and Will Osborne sailing their twtichy RS Aero 5s had a few spills (including some spectacular downwind cartwheels) but recovered without outside assistance to finish both races in increasingly hairy conditions. Click here for the full report – Watling Streetworks Winter Series – 10 December 2023