The Gareloch was at its most attractive. Scenically at least, a little more wind would have been perfect.
On the water Race Officer Peter Proctor was faced with a direction of wind which made it difficult to find a leg to windward. He selected a course which began with a fetch to A, off the club. Catriona chose the shore end of the starting line. Teal chose the pin end which was to leeward, thinking to benefit from slightly better wind and advantageous tide. She was right and rounded first with Thalia, who had followed her, second.
Catriona drew level with Thalia offwind to C but could make no impression on Teal. Thalia was caught by the fleet following a penalty arising from not giving Mark room to Catriona. This group suffered from dying wind on the Clynder shore and dropped back.
On the fetch back to the starting area, lightening air at the front gave encouragement to Catriona, but it was not to be. At the beginning of the second round, Gareloch air reverted to form. It was possible to do well or badly by sailing inshore or by staying out. At the start of the second round, Thalia lost several places on the leg to A for no particular reason. Zephyrus and Ceres prospered in the loch, Hermes on the shore. We finished at A.
1 Teal, 2 Catriona, 3 Zephyrus, 4 Ceres, 5 Halcyone, 6 Hermes, 7 Thalia, 8 Thia