Tue 15th Aug

Sun and wind as we left the moorings.  Wind reduced as the evening went on.

The course began with a long windward leg to D, north of Clynder.  With the starting line only slightly biassed to the shore end, several boats got good starts.  Most of the fleet ventured out into the loch (and into stronger adverse tide) in search of better air.  Catriona was obliged to tack back along the Shandon shore to avoid a moored boat.  She opted to try her chances there, Halcyone and Thia kept her company

It became clear the Shandon shore was not a winner.  Thalia was leading the fleet up the middle of the loch.  When those who had tried the shore ventured out, they were crossed by most of the others.  Wind towards the D mark became very variable and places changed. Catriona got the best of it and was round first.  Downwind back across the loch Dione established herself in second with Teal, Thalia and Zephyrus in contention.  Dione allowed her main sheet to brush the gybe mark.  Her penalty turn dropped her three places.  With the spinnaker back up, she recovered two of them.

1 Catriona, 2 Teal, 3 Dione, 4 Thalia, 5 Zephyrus, 6 Thia, 7 Halcyone, 8 Athene, 9 Ceres.