Sunday 25th May

Luna, newly afloat and looking very smart, was sailing around the starting area but did not come to play.

With wind blowing from the Shandon shore, on the water race officer Peter Proctor was obliged to set a course with a running start. Downwind to D North of Clynder. In a good breeze Catriona got away well with Teal and Thalia in hot pursuit. Slick spinnaker work by crew Lasse Sutter prevented any overtaking and, by D, Catriona could relax.

For the beat back across the loch in the usual fluky air, Catriona did not cover Teal sufficiently closely and briefly lost a place. Teal, though, did not learn from her opponent’s error and dropped back shortly afterwards.

The start of the second round was a run, this time to B, off Silvers. Teal still fancied her chances and thought to gybe her spinnaker at B for the reach up the loch along the Clynder shore. Catriona had dropped hers, which was the right move. Wind was too strong for carrying spinnakers on a fine reach. The trouble Teal had stowing hers allowed Thalia to pass. Thalia was careful to keep close cover for the beat to the finish and Teal, not for the want of trying, was unable to retake the place.

1 Catriona, 2 Thalia, 3 Teal, 4 Zephyrus, 5 Hermes, 6 This. Ceres DNF. She went home because the distaff side of her crew had insufficiently waterproof clothing for the heavy showers.