Good wind after disappointing weather at the weekend. The first leg, a beat to B, off Silvers, began with a starting line where the pin end was the only place to be. Catriona was a little early, so that she lacked speed at the gun. Iris bore away and had that speed. Teal arrived a little later and passed to windward at full tilt. Zoe and Ceres were in the mix too.
Catriona fell out of the back of sandwich between Teal and Iris, tacked away and struggled. Iris kept a convincing lead, the other contenders crossed in front of each other, depending on the wind in the part of the Gareloch where they had sailed.
From B was a leg downwind to G, off the Shandon shore. There was little change of order, although a stushie (if not a stramash) between Hermes and Thalia near the end of the leg.
Places did not change on the beat to C, at Clynder. A spinnaker leg to the finish followed. Catriona had managed to stay within range of Iris. When the leader’s spinnaker hoist was imperfect, Catriona took advantage. The flaw was not sufficient for Zoe to do the same.
1 Catriona, 2 Iris, 3 Zoe, 4 Teal, 5 Hermes, 6 Thalia, 7 Ceres.