Sparse And Fickle Winds Unsettle Sunday Series II Finale 2017
Another day of tricky wind conditions left some sailors with a nearly four-hour long race for the Sunday Series Finale. The poor wind conditions in the early afternoon forced race organisers to send sailors on a pennant five course to Serangoon, hoping the current would be able to take the fleet back to the club line in the light air. Unfortunately, the wind was sparse and fickle on their journey up to Serangoon Buoy, so it was a challenge to make any headway against the outgoing tide.
Stranded in Serangoon
IRC Division Champions from the Twilight Series, Invictus led the fleet from the start, making the return leg with the outgoing tide. She was joined by two beach catamarans and Born in Fire, leaving the remaining boats stranded for a longer time at Serangoon Buoy. With the rest of the fleet still struggling, coupled with the tide turning at 4:00pm, the course was shortened with Invictus taking line honours in the IRC Division.
Unfortunately, they could not lengthen their lead to secure the victory after corrected time, surrendering the bullet to Born in Fire. Jong Dee?s perseverance awarded her with a third-place finish in the IRC Class, and overall Sunday Series II Champions. They completed the series comfortably with a six-point lead over first runner-up Invictus. Regular attendance over the series meant that Simba could still retain third in the series despite not racing in the final two races.
Jubilation on the Waters
In the PY Division, Minx sailed well to take line honours and victory. Their jubilation was well heard as they crossed the finish linein little to no wind. Balqis was a distant second after corrected time and probably thankful for the late easterly breeze that came in to take the rest of the fleet back across the finish line.
Although Wild Card finished ahead of Balqis, their lead was not sufficient to make up for their low handicap and had to settle for third. Despite failing to finish the race yesterday, SDF did enough to clinch the PY Challenge Trophy three points ahead of Minx. SDF?s consistent attendance coupled with a series of podium finishes made this a well-deserved title. Balqis?s overall third in the series were probably due to their absence during the Western Circuit – a commendable result despite not sailing in four races for the series!
The Cruising Multihulls out did themselves yet again, with a total of five corsairs and an M23 in attendance for the Finale. It was a reversal from Saturday?s result as Witblits triumphed over Jaza Too to clinch the bullet for the final race. Cicak completed the podium in third, securing their second position in the overall standings.
Despite a poor finish, Baloo had done enough to win the Challenge Trophy in the Cruising Multihull Division, edging out Cicak by two points. Witblits?s late burst of bullets in the last four races was too little too late as Eepai?s two bullets and three other podium finishes put them on a total of 31 points and overall third in the Series.
Cats Battle Katz
Madfish II and Stray Katz had a close contest throughout the course, with Stray Katz taking line honours, but failing to break free from the chasing Madfish II, resulting in the latter?s victory in the Bach Catamaran Class. In the Overall standings, Persian Cat?s third place finish was enough to keep her ahead of Stray Katz by one point, securing the double for the Twilight and Sunday Series II! Madfish II?s bullet in the final race propelled her to tie points with the absent Bad Influence, but missed out on third position due to a fewer number of firsts. Congratulations to all the winners and once again a BIG thank you for another wonderful season of Club racing.
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