Since its inception in 2012, the CSC Trimaran Championships has seen healthy participation from the Corsair and M23 fleet. This year we welcome a new class, the One-Design Weta Trimarans – adding diversity to the growing multihull fleet in Changi Sailing Club. Day 1 was greeted with mixed conditions, and winds clocking nearly a full circle throughout the whole day, presenting the sailors with challenging conditions to tackle over the 4 races.
At the end of Day 1, it looks like a close fight between Dash Two and Kaze, who are now seperated by a point after 4 races. Kaze drew first blood in the 6-7 knot light north-easterly conditions over race 1, opening their account and establishing their position as strong title contenders for the 2019 edition. Dash Two responded with 2 bullets in race 2 and 3, both in very volatile environment, as winds dropped in race 2 and a flash storm approached the course to wreck havoc in race 3. Kaze redeemed themselves by securing a win in race 4 to complete day 1 on 9 points, 1 behind Dash Two. Jaza Too completes the podium in 3rd with an erratic showing of 2-2-3-4 to sit 3 points adrift from the leaders. 4th and 5th placed Eeepai & Witblits will be looking to forget their inconsistent showings today to close the gap on the leaders during the remaining races. Chris Furness’s Baloo struggled with the fluctuating winds and made several crucial mistakes to see her trailing the rest by a fair margin. The only M23 in this fleet faces an uphill task against the slippery Corsairs, and will be pulling all the stops to keep ahead of them tomorrow.
In the Weta One-Design Class, the 3-strong fleet was led by Itchy-Go for all 4 races, as Tim Jackson sailed his boat superbly to sweep 4 victories and sit at the top with 4 points. The Blue Bug and The Striped One battle fiercely for 2nd, and are now tied for 2nd on 10 points each, going into Day 2. It is a refreshing sight to see the Wetas participate in a one-design class, looking forward to seeing more Wetas racing regularly at the Club!
With the East Johor Race taking place early tomorrow morning simultaneously with Day 2 of the Trimaran Championships, it looks like another exciting day on water at Changi Sailing Club! Enjoy the photos and stay tuned for more updates on the remaining races and final results.