After a week of wet and cold, Sunday was a gentle summers day with sunshine but very little wind. Only two boats turned out for the annual game of guessing when the tide will turn at Battersea, Tim Young in his Gull and Michael Welburn in his Leader. Tim started first at 1100, guessing / calculating that the flood would start at about 1330. He was followed 10 minutes later by Michael in his theoretically much faster boat. Tim reported an easy sail downstream with steady progress. The wind reported at Kew Gardens started in the North and steadily backed to the SW by 1300, with a force of F2 or less, helping the boats down to Battersea but not by much. Tim reached the Railway Bridge on schedule at 1335, turned, and headed back. Micheal got there over an hour later at 12:42 and started back with the benefit of the flood tide but into the slight wind. By the time they reached the River Wandle just upstream of Wandsworth Bridge they had had enough of slow tacking. David Jones in the safety boat was on hand to broker an agreement to cease racing and to retire to a riverside hostelry. After some refreshment David towed them back to Strand.
The Master of the Sums deemed it an honourable attempt at the Long Distance prize and the sums showed an easy win for Tim with a corrected time of an hour and twenty two minutes to Battersea Railway Bridge.