Sunday 10th August

A soft afternoon, as they say in Ireland. Race Officer Roger Kinns sent us on a beat up the Shandon shore. Catriona started well but went inshore for less adverse tide and found less wind. Thalia did nor make the mistake and moved into first. She dropped back again as Catriona got the inside overlap at the next mark. Hermes just missed an advantageous overlap on both of them. Downwind with the spinnaker, Catriona allowed herself to be blanketed and gave back the lead. On the next beat, Catriona avoided earlier errors. After a brief period behind Hermes, she cemented her first place. The battle was now between Hermes and Thalia. Hermes had the advantage but did not cover sufficiently closely. On the approach to the finish, Thalia found wind which eluded Hermes.

1 Catriona, 2 Thalia, 3 Hermes, 4 Athene.