The second race in the Bute Series turned into a test of everyone’s patience. The light wind which had been blowing prior to the start quickly died resulting in Gimcrack, the fastest boat in the fleet, taking 45 minutes to reach the first mark. Initially the dinghies kept up well although Sandy Stuart in his first ever race was finding that Oppies are not at their best in such light conditions. Meanwhile dad Eland, also making the transition from training to racing, initially kept up well with the much more experienced Topper, however two hours in a Pico isn’t much fun for anyone and he eventually threw in the towel.
With a two hour time limit on the race it was with just over 10 minutes to spare that Gimcrack finally crossed the line thus giving everyone else an additional 45 minutes to get round the course. This was just enough for both the Topper and Katana to get to the finish line. Unfortunately for Sandy, despite showing great tenacity, he was never going to finish in time so accepted a welcome tow back to the clubhouse.
|1st||Gimcrack (GK24), D. Hillhouse|
|2nd||Cosmic Debris (Topper), K. Baird-Dean|
|3rd||Katana (Cutlass 27), F. McLean|