Wind was blowing from the east shore and was remarkably variable. Both in strength and direction. Race Officer Stewart Gibb sent us across the loch to D with wind sometimes behind, sometimes on the beam and occasionally in front. Overlaps at the mark were key to starting well on the beat back across the loch to G. Thence back to the starting area.
Zoe had been in a solid second place for most of the round but wind near the Shandon shore was especially trying. Boats well heeled next to patches of still air. The rest were all close for the beginning of the second round. This should have been a dead run to B, off Silvers. The gusty and wildly shifting wind dissuaded all but Thalia from setting a spinnaker. She had designs on Zoe and appeared strong until her spinnaker pole parted.
The area of the finish was no less frustrating this time around. Ceres spent the minimum time there and so secured third.
1 Catriona, 2 Zoe, 3 Ceres, 4 Thalia, 5 Hermes.