Some sailors were visibly tired after 4 full-on races for Day 1 – and possibly partying too hard the night before. Nonetheless, races were started on time, with a gentle easterly breeze arriving on time for Race 5.
It was business as usual for the front-runners of each class, as RSYC Dua, SMUMad & Ambindi scored clinical finishes in the remaining 3 races for a clean sweep in their respective classes. They were a cut above the rest, and look poised to be the teams to beat for next year’s edition.
In the J24 Class, Shengli was the best of the rest, scoring three 2nds to play second fiddle to RSYC Dua. Jangan Main Main joined the queue to complete the podium in 3rd. Despite their best efforts, Balqis struggled with lack of pre-regatta training and sufficient crew numbers to contend with the podium winners, settling for 4th. Special commendations for the remaining 2 CSC teams, Just A J & Angel. Against all odds, both boats sailed hard to keep up with the rest of the fleet, and did really well to keep close at some points. Especially challenging for the 2 old blokes on Angel, David & Doug. Well done!
The same could be said for NTU Sailing Club’s Boreas and Notus, as they struggled to keep pace with SMUMad in the Platu Class. It was still a worthy endeavour from both Boreas and Notus as not only were their teams consisting of many first-time racers, this was their first attempt at challenging for the Platu Title in the One-Design Keelboat Championships.
Trailing not far off from Ambindi, it was a occasionally a close competition in the Maxi-77 Class between Fusion and Baby Beluga – with the latter finally unleashing her kite for Day 2. Despite the delayed spinnaker hoists and drops, Baby Beluga still managed to steal 2nd from Fusion in Race 5, but it was too little too late as Fusion secured the win by bouncing back in Race 6 & 7.
Thank you CSC Members, NTU Sailing Club, SMU Sailing Club, NUS Sailing Team and SAFYC Members for taking part in yet another successful CSC One-Design Keelboat Championships! In addition to having more Maxi-77 participation next year, we also look forward to welcoming the return of SMUve, Bapsy and Quarterdeck in 2020!