The forecast was horrible but on the day it was the usual shifty lightish winds. So much for Derek's seaweed.
The start was very un-TARS like, a split between port and starboard ends of a shortish line that almost ended in disaster. Argento started at the port end and just made it by the thickness of her anti-fouling! There was no consensus on the best side and the Bay was covered in boats only to fight for position again at the first mark. And the second lap was just the same. Four boats actually crossed the line within 17 seconds causing mayhem on the VHF but that was sorted TARS fashion! Billie-Anne sailed majestically on her own at the rear of the fleet and benefited from a rising wind after most had finished. Congratulations to the smallest boat in the fleet, little Merlin, for taking race honours.
There was one calamity. Nutmeg's genoa track exploded and Peter lost his balls over the side and retired, ball bearings that is. After the usual chat in the bar, he was off to see his bank manager!
The results of the race and the series so far are in the blog file below and there are more photos on the TARS Facebook page.