Solicitors pitted their sailing skills against architects, barristers and MPs yesterday in the annual outing of the Law Society Yacht Club. The regatta featured races between classic 26-foot Mermaid-class keelboats operated by the Sea View Yacht Club on the Isle of Wight. 

Alas the balmy weather made for less dramatic racing than in previous years. Sail trimming skills were severely tested by the lack of wind, with more than one boat resorting to paddles to return to its moorings against the Solent's notorious tides. However conditions were ideal for a pleasant lunch on the club's terrace. 

The final result: 1: House of Commons, 2: The Bar, 3: Law Society, 4: Architects. Any conclusion about performance being in proportion to the respective professions’ ability to generate their own wind would be unworthy.  

For more information on the club, go to or contact the secretary, Finbarr Leahy