The first two races of the October series, the last of the main sailing season, were held on Sunday. With the cruisers away on a final trip down the coast to Beer, and a bright sunny morning, it was a case of waiting until the wind settled necessitating a short postponement. Breezes shifting between NE and SE filled in before Race Officer Joss Kent could set off the small fleet. Smooth seas helped progress in light airs, then the change of course to accommodate a more settled SE breeze, gave better racing conditions.
The two winners, Dave Guthrie and Tim Rook helming Jerry Rook’s Albacore, each sailed only one of the races, leaving Dave Stubbs as overall leader at the end of the day, having gained two second places. The RS800 did less well in light winds, Cameron Moss alternating seventh and eighth places with Fraser Earle in his Contender. But there is a long way to go in the 14 race series and stronger winds are expected during the month.