22 William Fife designed yachts lined up for an 11.30am start in a light southerly breeze and cooling Scotch mist. Almost inevitably, the course, which could either be clockwise or anti-clockwise around the Island of Cumbrae, was misread by a number of boats who found themselves on the wrong side of the line at the start gun, and hence liable to a 3% time penalty.

After a slow first beat through the 200-strong spectator fleet, the wind increased to 10 knots along the south edge of Cumbrae. A rain cloud soon dimished what wind there was, and race officer Donald McLaren decided to stop Class 2 at the south-west tip of Cumbrae, fearing the smaller yachts would not reach the next mark before the time limit of 4pm.

Hatasoo, the oldest and smallest Fife yacht in the fleet won Class 2 on corrected time with Pierrette and Siglen in second and third places.

In Class 1, The Lady Anne led the fleet up the west coast of Cumbrae. Mikado and Clio came from behind and gybed close in to the Cumbrae shore and made ground on the larger boats up ahead. The race was shortened at the north tip of Cumbrae and The Lady Anne crossed the line after 3 hours and 12 minutes of racing. However, Mikado and Clio grabbed the top two places, with Sunshine also finishing strongly to take third.