Sunday 4th May

It was dreich as we congregated in the car park. There were ripples on some parts of the loch but it did not look promising. Iris and Teal went home. By the time the remaining five of us reached the starting area, there was enough breeze for us to wet the side decks every so often. On the water race officer Eric Boinard sent us on a beat to B, off Silvers, then back and forth across the loch.

Circe got the best start, with boat speed at the key moment at the favoured pin end of the line. Circe sailed the beat in the right part of the loch and would have been first at the windward mark but for bad luck with changeable air at her last tack. Catriona took advantage. Her spinnaker hoist was sufficiently quick (although by no means remarkable) to give her a comfortable lead. Circe lost her spinnaker halyard up the mast. Thalia suffered a malfunction of gear and retired. Zephyrus and Hermes eschewed their third sails out of consideration for their crews.

There were no changes of place on the third leg from Shandon to Clynder or on the reach to the finish.

1 Catriona, 2 Circe, 3 Zephyrus, 4 Hermes.