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.
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.