With the breeze on Saturday forecast to get up as the afternoon wore on, it was decided to follow last Sunday and use the more sheltered area off Priory Bay between Drum, Britten & Derrick for the three Redwings & three One-Designs who wanted to race. Unusually the One-Designs started first as one of the Redwings was late sailing out of t he harbour. Robin Joy in No 10 went for a port tack flyer at the pin end of the line and was able to just cross ahead of Charles Abel Smith in No 7 who had made the more conventional starboard tack start. Somewhat surprisingly Jos Coad in No 8 was some way back when the hooter went! However, on the first beat to Drum, Charles in No 7 had a problem with his jib and had to watch Robin & Jos battle for the lead throughout the rest of the race. In fact, Jos got the better of Robin and increased his lead on each round and finished nearly two minutes ahead.
The three Redwings meanwhile had a closer race with Bruce Huber in No 14 Redstart II and Joe Robertson in No 24 Red Gauntlet II having a close tussle for the first round, however Joe, who had an extra crew member, got away on the second round and never looked like being caught. This left Bruce and Tom Scott in No 36 Siskin to fight it out for second place and after a couple of place changes as the race progressed it was always going to be a close finish between them; in the event it was less than a second with Bruce fractionally ahead.
After a windy night, Sunday’s forecast suggested that the Westerly breeze would be dropping as the morning wore on so it was decided to start the racing for two Redwings and three One-Designs from Fitzwilliam. Unfortunately it increased to gusting F5 which made for some challenging racing particularly for the two Redwings. Although he lead for well over half the race after a storming port tack start, Tom Scott in No 36 Siskin was unable to hold off Joe Robertson in No 24, Red Gauntlet II on the final beat from Moreton to the finish line at Fitzwilliam. After declining the offer of a second race, Tom decided to call it a day and headed back to the harbour. With no one to race against Joe did likewise.
The One-Designs did have two races; in the first, James Row in No 8 took the lead from the start after he was allowed another port tack start by Hugh Doherty in No 10 and William Bland in No 11 who were someway off the line when the hooter went. At the end of the first beat to Footprint, Robin had established a very healthy lead leaving Hugh & William to battle it out for second place. With it still gusting F5, the course for the second race was changed so that after the first beat to Footprint, they had a reach to Derrick and a beat to Drum in slightly more sheltered waters. After an interesting start with all three on port tack, D Orange helming No 11 took the lead at Footprint with Charles Abel Smith now helming No 8 close behind; Hugh Doherty in No 10 found himself just off the lay line and had to gybe round to keep clear of the other boats. D then had a brain storm and lead the other two boats off to Wreck instead of Derrick! When eventually they all realised their error and headed back to Derrick, places reversed and the lead was taken up by Hugh. Despite taking different routes to Drum, all three crossed the finish at Old Church close together with No 10 ahead of No 8 by 5 seconds.