Catherine and I tried another race-themed boardgame this afternoon. Swapping bicycle for yachts we played 'Spinnaker'*, a game which appears to have been produced here in Australia around 1980**. Maya found a copy of it in the charity shop they volunteer in, and bought it for me for the princely sum of $3.
Of course it has the vital selling-point of nice plastic pieces; in this case little yachts, with detachable spinnakers. Sadly my copy of the game is missing spinnakers for two of the yachts, but they should be easy to make from craft-paper.
The board is a square-grid, and yachts can move orthogonally or diagonally. Movement is determined by the wind direction, obviously. Winds can be light (offering 1 or 2 movement points) or strong (offering 1-4 movement points). A yacht must move in a straight line based on its facing at the start of the turn, but can use a movement point to change facing to any direction at the end of its move. You can opt to spend points to raise the spinnaker, which doubles your movement points, although the spinnaker must be lowered in certain wind aspects. Here's the four yachts in our second game all heading west with spinnakers deployed.
Anyway, we enjoyed this game, and will probably get it out again.
* According to BGG, there are two games called 'Spinnaker'. This is not the 1985 version from Overlay Games.
** There's a small note on the box saying that if you have any questions about the rules to send a stamped, addressed envelope to a particular residential address. It's actually less than ten minutes from my house. But I suspect that after 40 years the unnamed designer has long gone.