The summer is here. An evening of sunshine and good wind. Sufficient for a comfortable two rounds of the course but not so much that there was any nervousness about setting spinnakers.
Race officer Jean Mackay changed the course which was displayed. Every boat but Catriona spotted the change in time. The light blue boat was making her final approach on the wrong starting line when her crew, Penny Davidson, noticed we were all alone. Not for the first time, Catriona’s start was pedestrian. Teal was on it and got away well. Thalia and Ceres also in the fray.
The gap between the leading pair closed a little over the first round but Teal was well established in the lead. Ceres, on the pace, had dispensed with all but Catriona to take third. Thalia lost another place to Hermes and had to fight hard to get it back.
On the windward leg of the second round, Catriona followed Teal towards the Clynder shore and tacked first to be to leeward but in clear air. Concentration on the two boats was intense. More and more headers, going up the loch, were to Catriona’s advantage. Eventually, she was able to tack and cross and that was that. The leg downwind to the finish was sufficiently off a dead run for the leader to avoid being blanketed.
1 Catriona, 2 Teal, 3 Ceres, 4 Thalia, 5 Hermes, 6 Thia.