Sunday 9th July

It was one of those days when, had it not been a race, we might all have stayed in and read the Sunday papers.  The rain was as forecast but there was much better wind than expected.

On the water Race Officer Roger Kinns selected a course zig zagging across the loch, beginning with a windward leg to Clynder.  Just after the start, the wind backed so that we were able to make the first mark without tacking.  That was to the benefit of boats unable to get to the windward end of the starting line.  Of those, Catriona did best and stretched her lead in clear air.  Teal, unable to capitalise on her optimum start, found she had to defend against against the fleet on the downwind legs.

Hermes sailed in unfavourable air on the first leg and struggled until the end of the round when she got back a couple of places.  She gave them back by not setting a spinnaker when going downwind on the second round.

Ceres complained of growth below the water line, despite skilled crew Wells Grogan, she was never in contention.

1 Catriona, 2 Teal, 3 Thalia. 4 Zephyrus, 5 Thia, 6 Hermes, 7 Ceres.