Tuesday 26th May

A pleasant evening. No sunshine, but that would have been spoiling us.

The course began with a beat across the loch to D, north of Clynder. Three of the seven strong fleet realised the shore end of the starting line was favoured. Catriona was heading there when she was luffed out of the way by Zoe. Zoe and Catriona went to the left side of the loch, Zoe in the lead. Thalia went to the right and, not for the first time, came in on the starboard lay line with speed. Downwind, Catriona was the only one to keep her spinnaker at the gybe mark and prospered from it. Not enough to gain a place but the three leaders were close at the end of the round.

On the next beat, variability in Gareloch wind was again influential. Places changed and changed back again. Zoe was leading for the start of the downwind leg to the finish. Catriona lost her spinnaker halyard, which ended her challenge. Ceres, who was always in the hunt, took a place.

1 Zoe, 2 Thalia, 3 Ceres, 4 Catriona, 5 Hermes, 6 Halcyone, 7 Thia.