After one and half races in perfect conditions, the wind fans switched off leaving the race officer no choice but to abandon Thursday afternoon's race at the Edinburgh Cup

Day three of the Edinburgh Cup proved both a relief and frustration for the race officer, Jonathan Money, as the dead calm of early morning gave way to a good south-south-westerly breeze which allowed for a fine first race to the delight of the 41 starters.

The split in the fleet was evidence of a superbly laid course, and myriad coloured spinnakers made a stunning display as they ran back to the leeward mark set at the St Anthony side of Falmouth Bay.

Phantom, skippered by P. Bowring, took the honours in an impressively smooth finish, just beating Quicksilver II to the line.

With a slight tweaking of marks to shorten up the course, it looked like great conditions for the second race which got away to a cracking start. All went well for the first two beats and middle run, then the wind died away as if someone had flicked a switch. The fleet slowed as spinnakers collapsed and only a stoic few made the windward mark before the decision was made to abandon racing for the day.