The first day of racing saw a strong southerly wind arriving early on the course, encouraging a couple of sailors to put a reef in at the start. Organisers went for a pennant 3 course, bringing sailors to Pulau Rawa, Hujong, Tengah and back to finish in an anti-clockwise direction.
In the IRC Class, Shardana drew first blood, taking advantage of the long upwind beat after rounding Hujong to extend her lead on the fleet. Conversely, Naya struggled in the close-haul conditions, and will be looking for some different wind conditions on Day 2.
There was some action throughout the race for the PY Class, as Windancer had some close encounters at the start, avoiding the marine police boat and other keelboats in the process. Minx had 2 hourglasses in their kite, one during a gybe and one at the hoist. This definitely contributed to their eventual 3rd place finish. Southern Light thrived in the 15-20 knot wind conditions, taking 2nd place just 40 seconds behind Windancer after handicap correction.
Wind/weather forecast is expected to be the same on Day 2 – as sailors prepare for an early day and 2 scheduled races. Enjoy the Photos!
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