Guest report from Julian Forrester on Luna.
Lovely summer winds blow up and down the Gareloch except on Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Then they waft away after the start to return only once the boats are back on their moorings. Where is Zephyrus on these occasions?
Nine boats started on L6 in sunshine and, with a fine but traitorous breeze, set off for B. All returned, the last of them just within the time limit – with those four at the back of the fleet suffering worst from the windless black hole that is C – Athene compounding her difficulties by an unsuccessful try-out of new system for her spinnaker. All four were towed home just as a lovely evening breeze set in across a darkening loch.
Of the leaders on the last leg, glimpsed by your correspondent in the gathering dusk, reports indicate that Teal found a vacuum across the middle of the loch, with Halcyone and Thalia doing better on either side, on opposite tacks. Thalia emerged victor among the three of them but looking, as ever, at Catriona’s stern as she crossed the line ahead of them.
Result: Catriona, Thalia, Halycone, Teal, Ceres, Hermes, Luna, Athene, Thia.