The Club resumed racing in the North-East Monsoon with? the fastest fleet at CSC, as 8 Beach Catamarans competed in the 19th CSC Catamaran Championships. As defending Champion Martin Pickrodt’s Nacra Carbon F20 could not compete this year, the title was open for a new challenge – with a few new challengers joining the fray.
Bad Influence, helmed by Jeremy Nixon returns from a 1 year hiatus, missing out on last year’s championships due to work committments. Starting day 1 with a commendable 14 points after 4 races, she ties for 3rd place with veteran Allo in the F16 One-Design Class going into Day 2 – and will look to push the boat harder to break into the top 2. Newcomer Sophie Meyer from the Singapore National Youth Team gave the home teams a run for their money, as she sailed her Nacra 15 “Ole” superbly to lay in 2nd place on 12 points in the open division. Doug Fimmell’s MadFish II will be the boat to watch, as she bounced back from a dismal 4th place finish in 2018 to position herself as the current leader in both open and one-design divisions, securing 3 bullets and 4 bullets respectively in each class.
The 2 Carbon F20s struggled to stay ahead of the fleet, as Scott McCook’s Carbon suffered various breakdowns resulting in an early retirement – and Campbell Jenkin’s KungFu Panda barely made line honours in each race, defending against the chasing F16s. They will be looking to make amends in the remaining 3 races tomorrow – likely to take place in similar conditions.
Looking forward to another exciting day tomorrow! 3? more races and everything to fight for – good luck to all 8 participating catamarans!