Race Officer Neill Ross initially chose a course beginning with a windward leg across the loch. He changed it, on account of the wind backing, to a course with an S prefix, denoting short and intended for light air. Wind was strong so there was disappointment until we looked at the course card to see it was up and down the Shandon shore (right for the wind) and not particularly short. Bias as usual on the fixed starting line with the pin favoured. Thalia took pole position.
Catriona and Halcyone set off across the loch. Teal and Thalia tried their hand inshore. Inshore did not pay. The order was established by the windward mark. Halcyone could not catch Catriona, not Teal Halcyone, not Thalia Teal. The three leaders came close on the first leg downwind when wind strengthening from behind made the first boat nervous.
It was textbook windward/leeward. Perhaps the only thing lacking was a need to gybe the spinnaker downwind. A good course with time for three rounds.
1 Catriona, 2 Halcyone, 3 Teal, 4 Thalia, 5 Thia, Hermes DNF.