The CSC Commodore’s Cup 2019 continued into day 2 with results for nearly all classes not determined until the final race, keeping us on the edge of our seats all the way till the end of the afternoon. The winds delivered on time again, with a consistent NE wind accompanying the sailors for the remaining 3 races.
In the Beach Catamaran Class, Stray Catz drew first blood in race 4, scoring a bullet in the fresh but slightly lighter air to announce her challenge to leaders Madfish II & PRO20. Madfish II survived a poor performance in the same race to bounce back and defend her title, finishing 2nd & 1st in the remaining 2 races for an overall 6 point victory margin over 2nd placed PRO20. 3rd went to the prince of mischief, Uli Braun’s Allo – who thought it was a good idea to sail a different boat each day (Nacra 15 on Day 1 & Allo on Day 2). The gamble paid off, as Allo scored well in races 4 to 6, sneaking on to the podium with a 1 point difference over 4th placed Bad Influence.
It was heartening and thrilling to see the grit displayed by team Cicak in Day 2 of racing, as they started the day trailing leaders Witblits by 3 points, a big difference considering the Cruising Multihull fleet consists of only 3 boats. Scoring the best possible result of 3 bullets out of 3 races and clawing their way back into the lead after a bad start in race 6 awarded Cicak with a hard-earned Commodore’s Cup 2019 Cruising Multihull Title.
With 2 protests involving 4 boats and constant shuffling of positions throughout the races, day 2 for the PY Class was anything but mundane. Arbudhen could have been in the mix of things at the top of the fleet after scoring their 2nd bullet in race 4, but came out on the losing end of a protest to squander the same race, resulting in a 6th place finish overall. Brio‘s protest against Arbudhen served as a good learning point for all sailors participating in this regatta, and definitely helps to raise and remind us of the importance of exercising the rules to ensure fair sailing. It could have been Minx‘s win for this regatta, if not for missing a mark (NP1) in Race 5, which resulted in a voluntary retirement. They went on to make amends by winning race 6 to complete the series on 13 points, tied with 2nd placed New Blue Eyes but losing on number of firsts. Despite having notched only 1 bullet for the entire regatta, Balqis stayed out of trouble to emerge victorious from the PY tussle, posting consistent top 4 placings for all races for a most deserving win in the PY Class.
Born in Fire was on fire for Day 2, making it 3 bullets from 3 races to bring the fight to IRC leaders Waka Tere. They survived Born in Fire‘s excellent performance to fend off her late onslaught with just a 1 point lead overall, defending their IRC Title for the 2nd consecutive year! Red Rum‘s line honours for all races may not have resulted in a first overall on handicap, but 3rd place was definitely a fitting result for the Archambault 40. 2 false starts over 2 days did not help their cause as the newly crowned Horsburgh Challenge winners Invictus finished just outside of the podium, also citing lack of training and inexperience as some of the hurdles faced during the regatta.
Back on shore the hungry sailors were fed juicy beef burgers and crispy wedges paired with cold beers. This was the perfect end to a long day out at sea and a perfect weekend of competitive keelboat racing. We would like to take this opportunity to thank XSP for sponsoring gift vouchers for the winners of all classes, our Commodore, Mr Jeffrey Leow for gracing the event and all sailors for participating in the 2019 CSC Commodore’s Cup! We look forward to having everyone return this coming weekend for the East Johor Straits Race (10th March) & Trimaran Nationals (9-10 March).