Dave Batch and Tom Watterson leading the fleet in testing conditions

With Peter and Max Cope absent, allegedly 21st birthday partied out from the night before, the field was wide open for new challengers to reach for glory in the first 2 races of the Watling Streetworks February Series.  The ferry was cancelled and the forecast said 25 knots gusting 42 Westerly from 1000 onwards, building slightly. The 0900 forecast however was only 15 knots and not so gusty and so it was when the increased fleet of 9 dinghies assembled at the dinghy park. It was good to see Lettie Hyett giving it a go in the Laser 4.7 although sister Roo had checked the forecast and decided to go kayaking instead. A rigging issue prevented Lettie from making the first race but she courageously made it to the start of the second race despite the forthcoming carnage. Dad Jason persevered with the Laser Standard while  Andrew Dean and Bob Love completed the Laser fleet in their Radials. Collectively they did demonstrate that the Laser can be a bit dynamically unstable going downwind in big gusts. Click here for the rest of Jerry’s report – Watling Streetworks Winter Series – 4 February 2024