Following the postponement of the race on Thursday 2nd due to strong winds, the crews of seven yachts turned out for briefing at Kip Reception on Saturday 4th.
Rather a grey day with light showers blowing through the Firth on a fairly steady South Westerly breeze of 10 to 14 knots, dictated a beat down to the green channel mark 'L' , just to the north of the Wemyss Bay ferry terminal, returning via 'O' to the finish.
6 yachts appeared at the start area, with Clyde Calypso dropping out to provide crew for Gryphon. A boisterous start from Breagha was held at bay by the thoroughbred 'Warrior', who crossed first to take an early lead. The outgoing tide helped push the yachts up course with most staying further offshore to reap the benefits. Warrior passed the windward mark first, followed by Breagha, Toledo, and the dogged Mo Bruadhail.
A broad reach back to 'O' was followed by a gybe at the mark to the finish, with Warrior crossing first in an elapsed time of only 50 minutes. Breagha followed with Toledo, Mo Bruadhail and Gryphon compleing the finishers over the next 27 minutes. Unfortunately, Deja Vue retired due to a leaky sea cock keeping the bilge pump busy.
On corrected time the finishing order was:
1 Mo Bruadhail 2 Warrior 3 Breagha 4 Toledo 5 Gryphon Ret. Deja Vue
An enjoyable sail followed by a social gathering aboard Breagha.
Fairlie Yacht Club is very grateful to Thomas Tunnock Ltd for their generous sponsorship of this race.