There were six boats intending to race. Athene’s skipper’s vehicle suffered a punctured tyre. On account of the modern trend for cars not to carry spare wheels, Athene could not race.
Luna’s crew found that a cross tree had broken as they were hoisting sails.
It was very gusty weather so that Halcyone, who was single handed, and Ceres, who had young crew, stayed on their moorings. That left Teal and Catriona. The sudden changes in direction of wind, coupled with the gusts, made it impossible to avoid water coming over the cockpit coaming. Boats caught without momentum (and thus without manoeuvrability) at the key moments would have been vulnerable.
1 Catriona, 2 Teal.