The Gareloch is famous for variable wind. That is why boats of the Gareloch One Design are especially responsive. This evening reminded us.
The starting line was heavily biased towards the pin end. By pure chance, Catriona was on pole and squeezed out Teal.
Wind was so variable on the way to B, off Silvers, that covering was ineffective. Boats close together, pointing in the same direction, could be on opposite tacks.
Thalia looked good for a while, but fell away. Teal and Thia were first round B for the the downwind leg to G, across the loch. Thia’s crew, Rona Prentice, only began sailing in Garelochs this year so that teasing the spinnaker to keep drawing in wind constantly changing in strength and direction did not come naturally. Catriona gained a place.
The third leg, to C, off Clynder, was similarly afflicted by variable wind. Places changed and changed back. Teal was first round for the reach to the finish. Thia got the better of Thalia, Zoe set a spinnaker to beat Hermes.
1 Teal, 2 Catriona, 3 Thia, 4 Thalia, 5 Zoe, 6 Hermes.