14 August 2014
|| Jim Green
|| Dennis Burgin
|| David Smith
The wind on Thursday evening was very light and variable but four boats took to the water, and in the event the boats completed almost three laps of the Loch. The race followed the pursuit format, and Jim Green set off first in his Solo followed by David Smith in his Enterprise, Malcolm Heron in his Laser and finally Dennis Burgin in his Solution.
After a course was set with a start towards the east, the wind changed by the time the race started, resulting in a downwind start rather than the more customary upwind start. Malcolm elected to start from the south side of the Loch but was caught by the Solution before the first mark. However, the boats touched and Dennis did a 720 degree turn penalty, which put him well behind. A subsequent navigation error put him even further behind. The race proceeded in the order of starting with Jim continuing to lead but with the others closing in. Towards the end David took a course close to the south side of the loch on the upwind leg and although it minimised the number of tacks, it was slower and allowed Malcolm and Dennis to overtake him. As the end of the race approached, the wind died completely and found all four boats close together at the “C” mark. With some uncertainty about the cause of the incident at the first mark between the Laser and Solution, Malcolm disqualified himself