There was a stiff breeze. Enough to dip the side decks under water. The air was warm, though, which is always more pleasant.
With wind from the west, on the water Race Officer Roger Kinns was unable to set a course beginning with a leg to windward. There was a reach to mark A, off the club. A good start was key to being at the mark first, the four competitors having similar boat speed. Downwind to D, north of Clynder, there was luffing as those behind tried to take wind from the leader. Zephyrus put on a spurt towards the mark but could not avoid Catriona having an inside overlap. Hermes, who had kept clear of all the luffing, had rounded first.
Zephyrus was pinned outside Catriona at the beginning of the beat back to the starting area. She misjudged her tack to escape which led to minor contact. The penalty turns set her back. By the end of the first round, the gaps had increased so that there were no challenges for places on the second.
1 Catriona, 2 Hermes, 3 Thalia, 4 Zephyrus.