The Commodore’s Cup returns to CSC after a 4-year break, taking full advantage of the prevailing North-East Winds over the weekend. An excellent turn-out of 18 Keelboats, 5 Cruising Multihulls and 3 Beach Catamarans coloured the east johor straits with a myriad of spinnakers – and a competitive fleet coupled with fresh breeze set the stage for 2 days of intense racing.
In the IRC Division, it was a close tussle for line honours among all 5 boats, with Born in Fire claiming 2 on the first day and Invictus taking all 3 on the 2nd day. Despite being rated as the fastest boat in the fleet, Red Rum struggled to sail to their handicap, only managing line honours on the 3rd race. Rivalry between Born in Fire and Waka Tere was fierce, only on the 6th race could the victory be determined, as a mere 1 point separated the 2 yachts for most of the regatta. Waka Tere eventually claimed the challenge trophy and 2018 Commodore’s Cup IRC title after a strong showing of 2 bullets in races 5 and 6 – securing their victory. Invictus’s improved sailing on Sunday also propelled them to a well deserved 3rd place finish, pipping Team Shardana by 1 point in the overall standings. The biggest fleet of this regatta also had their fair share of close racing and start-line drama, as adrenaline kicks in and skippers try to edge each other off the line.
Despite a shaky finish for race 5 and 6 of this regatta, Notus sailed well enough to fend off a strong comeback by 2nd placed Arbudhen, finishing 1 point ahead of her in the overall series and claiming the PY Title. In fact, it was close racing for the next few boats as well, with 3rd and 4th placing tied on points and 5th placed Mystic River a narrow 2 points adrift. New Blue Eyes had their bullet on Race 3 to thank, securing 3rd place from Temptress of Down, who had to settle for 4th overall, just missing out on podium. A glimpse of good performances all round in the fleet, with Team Olmeto also managing to sneak in a bullet in the last race, ending the regatta on a positive note.
AbracaDeborah worked their magic over the weekend, dominating the Cruising Multihull Class with 5 bullets from 6 races. Their only blemish came from race 2, which was claimed by Cicak. Stefan Vidan’s Firefly nearly claimed their first bullet from Race 5, as they sailed superbly to claim line honours. Despite not sailing in race 2 and 3, Clive Van Onselen’s Dash Boot did well on the 2nd day to claw back up on to the podium, securing a 3rd place finish overall on 15 points – 3 behind 2nd place Cicak.
The Beach Catamarans thrived in the NE breeze, zipping up and down the course effortlessly. Nigel Signal’s Stray Catz started off well with a bullet from Race 1, but struggled to keep up with Doug Fimmell’s Madfish II for the remaining races. Madfish II’s superior boat speed eventually rewarded them with comfortable victory and the Beach Catamaran Title. Despite what looked like a horrific crash after race 3 for Scott’s Viper, the accident did little to rattle them as they continued racing for all remaining 3 races on the final day. Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to the 7 visiting yachts from the various Clubs and Marinas who have traveled from far to race with us over the weekend. We hope you had an enjoyable 2 days of racing at the 2018 Commodore’s Cup – looking forward to the East Johor Straits Race on 18th March!