The first COGS race of 2014 took place on Saturday, with a race from Falmouth to Fowey.

Twenty yachts were jostling for position at the start line off Pendennis head, with the start for the IRC yachts taking place at 10 am, and the PY yachts at 10.10am.

The forecast was South East four to five, increasing six, so it would be a hard beat all the way to the first mark.

All yachts called up race control, manned by Jack Penty and his helpers, to report in crew numbers on board, and Xtreme called in with six crew and a dog, suitably equipped with a life jacket.

The yacht Daring was over the start line and had to dip back and restart. This did them no harm as they then found themselves in clear air.

All the yachts, after clearing St Anthony head, headed into a strong head wind.

The bigger yachts soon pulled away with the smaller ones struggling in the 6ft swells. Then with a 12 mile beat to Buoy "A" the first mark.

This is positioned three miles south of Doman point.

After rounding this mark Black Dog soon had their spinnaker up and disappeared from sight.

The second mark was Bay Mark, in St Austell bay.

This mark caused some confusion as two boats rounded the wrong mark.

The wind increased for a short time to a good force seven, most yachts shortened sail with a reef in the main, or put up a smaller head sail.

With a final beat round the headland and in to Fowey to the Yacht club finish line. Sarabande retired as they had gear failure. All the crews met at Royal Fowey yacht club for the prize giving, and with a beer at £1 a pint the barrel was soon emptied.

Results: IRC class 1st Black Dog - Stuart Sawyer, 2nd Daring, 3rd Gereral KhaosPY class 1st Aura - Euan Beattie, 2nd Just-in-time 3rd Incite2 handed yachts 1st Aura - Euan Beattie