Not sure what happened to the wind today. There was a strong breeze everywhere other than in the Bassenthwaite microclimate! The northerly wind that had been blowing throughout the morning eased and then had to fight other gusts from the east, as well as some gusts from a westerly sea breeze!
The northerly beat looked like it was going to be a fetch at the start, but the big winds shifts resulted in a beat at the end of the leg. William and Ruth were first to the windward mark ahead of John and Janis Halliday, but took advantage of some temporary gusts to plane away along the next two legs of the course. From then on it was a case of being in the right place at the right time as the wind came and went with the different wind directions. Although the race was shortened after 42mins, it was to be another 25mins before the rest of the fleets finished due to the easing wind.
Mike Fairlamb and Eric Smith had a bit of a tussle with Tim Knowles only to lose out by having to retire when they realised that they had rounded a mark the wrong way (and tried to get William to do the same!).
The continual changing winds, and calm patches led to the OD cancelling the 2nd race.