Sun 6th Aug – revised finishing order

Report from the Secretary.

On the water Race Officer Iain MacGillivray selected a course beginning with a true windward leg to C, off Clynder and thence zig-zagging across the loch.  Spinnaker legs and beats.  He was faced with the complication of the starting mark Z being so submerged as to be unusable.  For a few weeks now, the other starting mark, Y, has been too close to the shore.  With two unintended consequences.  That line (whether as a start or a finish) is more usually more biased than it was and the small pontoon moored off Blairvadach is on the line.  Calling for room to tack as the fleet approaches the (usually favoured) shore end has the potential for drama.  Anyway, we all got away cleanly this time, Teal and Thalia with the best starts.

Teal was not to be caught.  Thalia and Catriona fought each other in the variable wind.  Places swapped with Thalia finding the better air on the approach to C.  The gap closed a little off wind and Catriona had the upper hand approaching D, the second windward mark.  Thalia got it back with the better choice of route approaching the finish.

Meanwhile, Ceres and Circe had pulled ahead of the rest.  Both were efficient with spinnaker.  The gap between Athene and Luna varied.   Luna on terms at D.  On the final leg Athene used her spinnaker to good effect over white sail Luna.

1 Teal, 2 Thalia, 3 Catriona, 4 Ceres, 5 Circe, 6 Zephyrus, 7 Dione, 8 Thia, 9 Athene, 10 Luna. (Corrected)