The 40ft Easy Oars, with Geoff Stagg deputising for the absent helmsman Andy Beadsworth, was struggling to find form in a fleet notable for the dominance of the designer Bruce Farr being challenged by a trio of boats representing Germany, Scandinavia and the United States from the design boards of the Judel-Vrolijk partnership.
In the Mumm 36 fleet, John Merricks and Ian Walker, on Tim Barratt's Bradamante, had to recover from a premature start in the first race and retired from the second.
All seven national three-boat teams for the Admiral's Cup are using this three-day, six-race series in the Western Solent for fine tuning before the hostilities, which open in earnest on Thursday.
Showing strongly are the defending Italians and the ever-powerful Americans, although the threat from the New Zealanders has yet to show.
There was a good 12-14 knot south-westerly for the first of the day's races, strengthening to 18 knots in the afternoon with Indulgence's skipper, Chris Law, first picking a perfect spot in the middle left of the start line to execute a sweet port-tack start. He then kept up with the leaders, Russell Coutts on New Zealand's Numbers and the Kenny Read-Jim Brady partnership on America's Flash Gordon, to win on handicap.
At a crowded committee boat end of the second start, which Coutts declined to join, Law again hit the line at speed and the crew handled the boat impressively round the three-lap windward-leeward course to notch up a second win.Reuse content