This was the first southerly breeze of the year for the Evning Points series competitors and gave Race officer Bill Aitchison a chance to keep the race fleet tight to
the Sandbank shore. The first mark lay off lazaretto Point and although the breeze was around it was somewhat fickle as you closed in on the mark. Both gybes were chosen by the various classes as they headed back up the loch to Mark A off the marina, those who elected to stay slightly offshore seemed to make the gain as they gybed onto port to round the leeward mark.
Chris Bowen was leading the Flying Fifteen class on More Mischief, Robert Towart had the lead in the Piper class with Stay Puff, Judicious and Jim Hoey in White sail and neil McLaren with The Great Gonzo led the dinghies as the fleeted headed through the finish line for the first time.
Staying on the left side of the course definitely benifitted, Chris Bowen had opend up from Alistair Ireland in Ragamuffin in the Fifteens and Andy Love in Tom Piper came through well to take the lead in the Piper Class as they rounded mark A for the 2nd time, again coming down the middle for the downwind leg back to A was the way to go, those ahead could consolidate on their positions and hold the lead to the final gun.
A good night on the water 12 boats out on the main race course and a couple of the Cadets out in their Toppers on the inner course.
1 C Bowen More Mischief 2 A Ireland Ragamuffin 3 T McGeachie Efficacious
1 A love Tom Piper 2 I Hurrel Billie 3 R Towart Stay Puff
1 J Hoey Judicious
1 N Mclaren The Great Gonzo