The brisk wind on Thursday evening made for an eventful start to the second race in the Cumbrae Series. A heavily biased line saw everyone trying to start at the outer end resulting in a couple of near misses as well as one collision between a Pico and keelboat. Once everyone was finally away Saorsa quickly established a lead which they went on to increased throughout the evening. Behind them Banshee and Voila battled for second place with Banshee winning that personal contest. Unfortunately the crew of Voila then misunderstood the shortened course signal, taking it to mean the race had ended, and promptly retired.
Among the dinghies it was Tom McCrossan who showed the way in a club Pico while Macy in her Oppi Optimistic Oppi made the most of the blustery conditions to hold on to second place on handicap. At the other end of the fleet Alice and Graham, both new to racing, were on a steep learning curve in the challenging conditions, both doing well to finish.
Wednesday night was the first session for the new learners. Unfortunately it was blowing a ‘beginners’ gale’ so the evening was spent learning to rig the various boats as well as practising land drills in preparation for going afloat. Hopefully the weather next week will be kinder.

Cumbrae 2 Keelboats
1st Saorsa (Moody 336), A. Finlay
2nd Banshee (Oyster 26), K. McDonald
3rd Katana (Cutlass 27), F. McLean

1st Pico, T. McCrossan
2nd Optimistic Oppi, M. Law
3rd Pico, E. Judd

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