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This is an elapsed time race: as tidal streams are so significant on the passage between Falmouth and Newlyn, skippers may select their own starting time (within limits) in order to gain the best advantage of the current.
On the day, a very early or rather late start was appropriate to avoid the worst of the foul tide. Most boats opted for the latter, hoping for a fair tide most of the way. However, lack of wind later in the day meant that several boats had no chance of making Newlyn before the time limit.
Mary Boon was the only boat to choose an early start: she was rewarded with a perfect sunrise crossing Falmouth Bay.