Many years ago (the Gareloch Class goes back a long way) there used to be adventurous races down the river. There are tales of emergency caulking with chewing gum at Hunters Quay. As the ladies got older, racing became confined to home waters. Maintenance has improved and the boats are in better condition. In 2014 Eric Boinard, the owner of Zephyrus, had been reading accounts of the old races written for the Glasgow Herald by the incomparable George Findlay and proposed we resurrected the passage race. We all seized on the idea and the first was to Rothesay. On Saturday, we took it easy and raced to the Royal Gourock Yacht Club for lunch. Tim Henderson’s Blue Iris started us from Rhu N
This was the first race of a new series. People were naturally keen. On the water Race Officer Peter Proctor wanted to send us on a course beginning with a windward leg to B, off Silvers. He was perturbed to find that storm Hector had brought the B mark across the loch to the starting area. The pragmatic solution was to select a navigation mark instead.
Wind as we were leaving the moorings was strong enough to dip the side decks underwater. It eased through the race.
Catriona, closely followed by Dione got the best of the start. Dione
eased ahead, in particular going well on port tack across the loch.
On the approach to the windward mark, Catriona found better air,