Thursday was race day for the Cape Cutter fleet. We awoke to grey misty weather and the light wind was forecast to drop during the day, so an earlier start was called for. The race was to be from Portavadie, some 8nm up Loch Fyne to Otter Ferry.
Andrew, skipper of Ladybird acted as race officer, with young Josh blowing the countdown hooter.
The fleet divided in two, with some choosing to sail off the shore to the deeper water, on the hope of cleaner air as well as fair tide; the rest, meanwhile chose the short distance closer to the shore, dodging the fish farms.
As the race drew on, the wind dropped away and the prize position would go to the skipper that could find the gusts.
First to round the starboard buoy marking the finish was Dennis, solo skipper of Mary Ann. The next three years places were closely taught and went to Ladybird, Cape Whisper and Sapphire.
Racing done, we repaired to the excellent pub at Otter Ferry, which has convenient moorings and a jetty for visiting boats.
By the time we had begun the homeward leg, the wind had died to the faintest whisper, so it was motorsailing to our overnight berth at East Loch Tarbert.