Wow, what a day! Glorious sunshine, amazing scenery, perfect breeze and beautiful yachts. Thursday began with the fleet motoring through the East Kyle and Burnt Islands to the start area at Kames Bay off Tighnabruaich. They were greeted with an 8 – 12 knot southerly. The course, south through the West Kyle, around the south of Bute and back to Largs, meant that once again, the race was purely upwind.

Race officer David Witton started Class 1 at 11.30am, and it soon became evident that the yachts which could point the highest had a big tactical advantage short tacking up the West Kyle of Bute. The Lady Anne once again led the fleet south towards Inchmarnock Island.

Class two similarly saw close tacking, with many boats opting to tack up the west shore looking for wind and tidal advantages. Pierrette, Jap and Rosemary jossled for the lead south through the Kyle.

As the yachts made their way south past Inchmarnock Island, the wind strength began to decrease to 4 – 8 knots, forcing the race officer to shorten Class 1 at the southern end of Bute, and Class 2 to the south of Inchmarnock.

The Lady Anne crossed the finish line at 3.02pm to take her third win and Class 1 victory. Belle Aventure had by far their best race of the week and finished at 3.14pm to take second, just three minutes behind Anne on corrected time. Moonbeam finished at 4.01pm with seconds to spare before the race time limit expired one hour after The Lady Anne’s finishing time. The remainder of Class 1 were unfortunately unable to finish the race.

In Class 2, Pierrette sailed well in the dying breeze and adverse tide to take line honours from Rosemary and Jap. But it was a first race win for the well-sailed Conway One Design Thelma III, with Pierrette and Rosemary taking second and third respectively. Despite being beaten by Thelma in the race, Rosemary did enough with her third place to take the Class 2 win.