Tue 30th May – first race of the season

Report from the Secretary.

The first race of the year.  Seven of us turned out with enthusiasm and were rewarded with moderate wind, steady by the standards of the Gareloch.

Steve Tidee had met John Blackie at a lecture and found himself crewing on Catriona.

Race Officers Hugh Normand and Robin Young sent us down, then up the Shandon shore.  Two rounds.  Arke (the boat formerly known as Teal), Dione and Catriona approached the starting line in a leading group, in that order.  The shore end was favoured.  Arke was a little early, Dione à point, Catriona distracted by tangled lines and negligently late.  Dione got away well and was not to be caught.  At the windward mark, A, it was Dione from Catriona with Arke needing to work with her spinnaker on the downwind leg so as to get clear of Circe and become secure in third.

On the moorings afterwards, there was talk from Ceres of gear failure.  it is unclear what that was, but she claimed it delayed her.  Hermes found herself off the pace, caught out by changes in direction of wind.

There is a rumour Dione has new sails.

1 Dione, 2 Catriona, 3 Arke, 4 Circe, 5 Thia, 6 Ceres, Hermes DNF