The forecast was for very little wind but as it turned out there was enough for a good race. Finding the best of it was key.
On the water Race Officer Roger Kinns set a course up and down the Shandon shore. As is so often the case, there was a compromise between being far enough out to get good wind and close enough in to get the best of the back eddy as the tide ebbed. This is usually a speciality of Hermes, This time, she ventured too far out and let Dione have it all her own way. Teal went out with the intention of covering Hermes. To no avail. Halcyone looked strong initially but found a hole close inshore which let Hermes into an unassailable second place.
Halcyone and Teal had a torrid time rounding the windward mark, fighting the tide as the wind died away. Halcyone made it round first but Teal took the place with slicker spinnaker handling downwind.
The leaders crossed the start/finish line with time for a second round. Thalia got in front of Halcyone by omitting the start/finish line and staying in better air out in the loch.
1 Dione, 2 Hermes, 3 Teal, 4 Halcyone. Thalia RTD.