Ceres joined us for the first time this year, we now have 10 Garelochs afloat. The steady air of Saturday was gone at the start of Sunday afternoon’s race. On the Water Race office Barrie Choules, aboard Halcyone, set a course with a true windward leg to B, off Silvers, and back. He selected a Boinard start (the line between the two buoys which mark the outer ends of the two fixed starting lines). All this was good but his difficulty was a visible lack of wind on the Clynder shore. As it turned out, wind filled in after some initial indecision about direction. Catriona and Halcyone went down the Shandon shore and got the best of the back eddy associated with a flood tide. The rest set off across the loch and suffered. There was time for two more rounds. Wind by now had veered so that both legs were fetches.
Catriona’s and Halcyone’s respective positions were never challenged. Hermes and Thia battled each other and swapped places. A late charge from Luna was not enough to pass Ceres.
1 Catriona, 2 Halcyone, 3 Hermes, 4 This, 5 Ceres, 6 Luna.