The fleets were divided into Gold and Silver. The Corinthian Otters dominated the Gold Fleet in which there were 16 competitors. Conditions were light and very shifty. The lack of local knowledge was made up by patience and persistent concentration on the part of the Otters who showed their strength from the first of the four races.
Arthur Brown sailing his new boat (sail number 6000) was fastest over the water in the first race. However, his race was decided in the Protest Room with Stirling Taylor contending for a mark room infringement (yes they are a competitive lot). The protest resulted in Chay taking a notional 2nd and Arthur being demoted to 4th. This was to prove very costly for his overall ranking in the event. Next Otter was Stirling with a 3rd. The first race was Matthew Braybrook’s best race with a 7th on the water.
The second race resulted in Chay Taylor taking a bullet with Stirling close on his tail in 2nd. Colette Bacon was 4th and first of the six girls in the Gold Fleet.
The Third race was the most difficult – the wind was terribly light and shifty with positions changing from minute to minute. This was Chay’s worst result – a 6th and with Arthur coming in 2nd it was becoming a close race at the top. Louis Brand found the light and shifty conditions difficult and just could not find his form.
So it was to be decided on the last of the 4 races. Within minutes of the preparatory signal the wind finally arrived (not in buckets) but more than at any other time of the day. Arthur Brown took a bullet with Chay coming in 2nd. Colette Bacon was next Otter in 4th just pipping Matthew Jayaserkara in 5th. Striling came in 7th .