Light winds at the Royal Thames start but decided to head out into the stronger tide from the pin end of the line before hoisting the kite, seemed to pay off as we stayed with the front three boats and managed Hurst Narrows just before the tide turned. The two other boats headed up the main channel for the Needles as we headed for the North but it did not pay and dropping the kedge over the Shingles Bank was not a preferred option so headed back over to the Island shore. Kedged just inside of Warden in about 4 metres and spent a couple of hours watching the rest of the fleet attempt to break free of the Hurst Narrows but all being dragged back on the tide. Rather to our surprise a back eddy kicked in after a couple of hours and we upped anchor and crept up the Island shore past the Needles in about 4 metres all the way to the light. Luckily a bit breeze kicked in and after some manoeuvring at the end of the Shingles Bank we headed off to Anvil Point under spinnaker. Not too far off St Albans but no real over falls as it was neaps. Not a lot of wind across Weymouth Bay and the usual worry that it would die off before we got the finish. With Alacrity and Maverick were coming in from further off shore but managed to pip them to the finish and achieved line and handicap honours by 39 seconds and 50 minutes respectively.