Gareloch OD Race Report 24th July 18

Race Officer Carol Rowe was not helped by the fickle wind of the Gareloch. There was breeze as we left the moorings but a grey cloud seemed to absorb any current of air around the start line. We waited and were rewarded by a zephyr. The only feasible course was to A, off the club, and back. A mark on the Clynder shore, which at first seemed more to windward, out of the question on account of a large, glassy area of water. As it was, wind backed so that the trip to A required tacking.

Catriona got away well, chased closely by Dione. The pin end of the line was favoured and there was inevitable congestion. Teal thought to set her spinnaker early for what began as a fine reach. She was undone by boats to leeward pushing her the wrong side of the mark (and boats to windward taking her air). At the end of the first round, she was at the back, along with Halcyone. Both made progress in a second round.

1 Catriona, 2 Dione, 3 Thalia, 4 Hermes, 5 Teal, 6 Halcyone, 7 Ceres, 8 Thia=

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