The first of the working boats Millennium cup racing proved a very competitive and lively race with the sun shining and a brisk wind. Mabel (B Chenoweth of St Mawes) with a new colour sheme, was racing in the boat previously owned by P Collett, Commodore of RCYC. He sailed a very exciting race whilst Rebecca (P&J Slater) and Rita (J Peters) were one second difference on corrected time so watch out for more close encounters this season. Morwenall (N Granville) and Clementine (Perham and Franks) again had a good race as the only two boats in G class on the water at present their finish was also very close with 7 secs on corrected time in Nigel's favour. R Chapple of Wilkie missed the race owing to sudden illness and as a very keen sailor with U class we wish him well and hope to see him back soon.
In the force 4/5 wind and amongst white horses in Carrick Roads the start for E class had a fleet of 10 boats powering down the start line with Excelle (J Fox and T Claridge) doing well from the start and continuing to a win. The Race Officer had chosen to set courses in the Roads rather than out in the Bay and that provided very good tactical sailing for the fleet. It was good to see Martin Eddy in his new boat Temeraire 'fighting' for a place as you would expect with a boat so named. In the IRC class Encore D Cunliffe won but as a very competitive sailor needs many more boats to compete against. In W class Peter Hackett was out skippering having suffered illness it was good to see him in his rightful place at the helm of Amneris and, as very often before, winning. Deep Purple (R Jones) had a sudden crisis when he started with U fleet whilst flying his W flag but no doubt as the season progresses he will sort this out. Rita (J Peters) and Moon (P Selman) (sailed by Roco) the two working boats out were a splendid sight in the fresh wind flying up to Black Rock.