The rain stopped at last and the ridge of high pressure gave fair weather cumulus with NW wind of moderate strength. Eleven yachts turned out for the race and the fairway echoed to the rustle and crack of sails.
The lone Q class Atalanta went of first at 1355 and delayed the kite hoist for several boatlengths, finally setting starboard pole.
Seven U class set off 5 minutes later and it surprised me that only Aurora, Mandy Owens and Trifle set kites. The rest of the fleet were content to bimble along behind us with goose-winged genoas. The first mark was Carricknath to starboard and as we had a starboard pole kite we were in danger of getting out of the ebb and under the docks so a gybe onto port proved beneficial. As is always the case the pesky wind then went round and we were sailing by the lee. Another gybe and running deep, sometimes by the lee, saw us overhaul Aurora who was being pushed up by the tide to far south of the mark. Just before the take down I noticed the rest of the fleet were playing catch-up with their late set kites billowing in the breeze.
Two G class set sail, Scallywag, Andy Platt and Charm, Nick Bradley. I think they had a shorter course, as they appeared to be going north of the Governor when we were beating back up towards Trefusis having passed Black Rock port hand mark to Starboard. W Class were down to one boat as Len Cheshire, Sweet Friday was the Race Officer. Les Beez Neez, Cliff Swallow had a sail over. Imagine trying to spell that on a stormy night to the Coastguard?
Trefusis was rounded and Aurora clipped into the lead. A starboard pole kite run to the Castle Buoy rounded to starboard ensued. We again ran deep and a quick look behind saw the rest of the fleet lit up in a myriad of bright spinnaker cloth. The Working Boats fresh out of the St Mawes Pubs were massing for their (World) Championship start and the Race Officer, some bloke who turns up at FSC, had positioned their committee boat adjacent to the Castle Buoy. A quick radio call alerted the WBA of the approaching FSC fleet and our intentions.
Castle rounded and the beat back to the turning mark saw Rocket Ron Jones in Deep Purple do a blinder in to Trefusis shore and take a commanding lead. A Saturday second round was set with shorten course, Governor to Starboard, finish. We rounded the turning mark and set off in second place to play catch-up. Purple Ronnie Rounded Governor and then with kite only attached at the head rounded a yellow inflatable WBA mark 300 yards south. We slipped into the lead and held it to the line being beaten by 22 seconds on handicap by Aurora who was 3rd across.
Scallywag won the G class; Atalanta and Lez whaticall both had sail overs. Thanks to Len, Paul and Inez in the ops and Pauline Cheshire for the tea and cake, not forgetting Giles who delivered us ashore.