After a miserable morning of squally showers, Green Ginger, Eden, Skye and Tantrum lined up for the start in a very gusty WNW. The crews assembled with the sun breaking through the clouds. Three starts, Hadjwich the only cruiser set off in handicap one, the Loch Longs only in two and a capsized dingy bravely didn’t quite make the junior and third start.
Course M (S) B (P) W (S). A strange course as it was missing a final C that was not presented on the bridge at the start.
The battle ensued at the start with GG and Skye hitting the line only a second out.
Tantrum and Eden left a way up West Row, kicking strap and starting watch failure were Tantrum’s excuse; they crossed the start 25 seconds late. Heading against the tide for Martello, Skye and GG vied for position, Skye with young Harry at the helm took the advantage and led back towards Elbow. Tantrum and Eden closing the gap saw places change for all up West Row, a heavy beat, gusts of six coming through, the tide beginning to race. Tantrum arrived at Stanny point with a small advantage, and with a huge wind shift to SW held the lead round Brick Dock to the finish.
(Later told gusts of force seven were recorded during the race)
Eden and Skye had a great battle back down West Row towards elbow, and Harry managed again to get the overlap and cross the finish overlapped with Eden.
Well done all in testing conditions and an odd course.