Gareloch OD Race Report 25th June 2019
An evening of light air. There was not enough to tempt the Sonars. Race Officer Michael Knox waited a little before setting the shortest course to A, off the club, and back.
Catriona had trouble rigging and was very late at the start. Usually, that would have resulted in a convincing last place but this evening the light and variable air caught some.
Halcyone started convincingly from Thalia and benefitted from better wind out in the loch. Luna and Hermes suffered inshore. After the leaders had reached A, there was always a breeze but always still patches.
On the second round, Thalia had the lead offwind towards the starting area. She dropped her spinnaker when the wind came forward and so lost out when it went back again. Halcyone and Catriona (by now back in contention) were concentrating so hard on being first to the line they did not notice there was to be a third round. Thalia, paying more attention, rounded first and retook the lead. She found a narrow band of wind down the loch and was not to be caught. Halcyone ventured too far towards the Clynder shore where air was still. The rest made progress on the Shandon shore. Halcyone, with the help of her spinnaker, managed to repass Luna near to the finish.
1 Thalia, 2 Catriona, 3 Hermes, 4 Halcyone, 5 Luna.