Our Sunday Series concluded yesterday, with a variety of wind conditions over the course of the afternoon. Looking a lot better than Saturday’s glassy Twilight Race, sailors were sent on a close reach up to Tekong Buoy and back, with the beach catamarans even managing to fly their windward hulls!
The multihulls were better represented this time, with 3 Wetas and 3 Beach Catamarans taking part in the finale. Itchy-Go was joined by The Striped One and Tantrum in the Weta Class – and they finished the race in that order respectively. Despite a horrendous start from Viper F16 Allo, skipper Uli Braun manage to catch up and clinch line honours in the Beach Catamaran Class. However, it was too little too late as Persian Cat scored the victory after corrected time – relegating Allo to 2nd.
Fresh from their battle on the Twilight Course, second round between the 2 corsairs Eeepai and Cicak saw the latter struggle with the light and patchy conditions between squance and CSC, eventually squandering her lead on the final stretch – allowing Eeepai to sneak ahead and claim line honours in the Cruising Multihull Class.
8 boats contested in the PY Class, with a strong initial burst from Minx and Brio allowing both boats to lead the fleet on the first rounding. Throughout the various wind changes, positions shuffled constantly, down to the final leg to finish. 4 boats crossed the line within a span of 14 seconds, with Southern Light taking line honours. After corrected time, Marsh Mellow emerged the victor, beating Southern Light and Boreas in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Minx was the unfortunate 4th boat, only just left out of podium contention.
In the IRC Class, a masterful performance by Red Rum powered them through the course ahead of initial leader Born in Fire after rounding CAAS 2, but fell short in extending their lead on the fleet, leaving them seething in 4th after handicap. A good start by Jong Dee and some accurate decisions on the course awarded her with a bullet on corrected time. An MoB on the last 200m to the finish line from Born in Fire could have been the reason separating her from a victory in the IRC Class – eventually settling for 2nd. Not her best performance, but Invictus did well to stay out of trouble and complete the podium winners in 3rd.
In the overall standings, Itchy-Go remains the most competitive of the Wetas, having sailed and won 2 out of the 4 races in the series. A 2nd and 3rd from The Striped One and Tantrum in Race 4 was the one and only race with 3 boats on the start line. Persian Cat‘s consistent performance of three 2nd place finishes and a bullet in yesterday’s race sealed their win in the beach catamaran class. Allo‘s 1st and 2nd in Race 2 & 4 was just enough to fend off Bad Influence, both separated by only a point in 2nd and 3rd overall after 4 races.
The Cruising Multihulls looked like a two-horse race for most of the Series, with occasional victories from 3rd placed Jaza Too. Between Eeepai and Cicak who both did not sail a race each, was a gap of only 1 point – the former emerging the winner of the Sunday Series I. Both boats share the spoils for the weekend, with Cicak fresh from their Twilight Series I win on Saturday.
Going into the final race, Southern Light and Minx were neck and neck on points, with both boats needing to finish ahead of the other to secure the overall series win. The former did just that to overtake Minx and cross the line seconds ahead, and taking 2nd on handicap. The result was enough for her to take the Sunday Series I title in the PY Class, 3 points ahead of Minx. NTU Sailing Club’s Boreas notched their best performance so far in the series, helping them jump ahead by a few places to take 3rd overall on 20 points.
Red Rum‘s poor result in yesterday’s race did not make a dent in their pursuit for the Series I IRC title, as their victory was mostly assured having scored 2 bullets in Race 1 & 2. Her win is a combined result of consistent attendance and reliable crew. Jong Dee‘s bullet yesterday consolidated her position in 2nd, staying ahead of 3rd placed Shardana, a boat let down by poor attendance.
Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all 29 boats for participating in this series! We now look forward to our 6th [email protected] Regatta, taking place on 15 – 21 June 2019. If you are not joining us at Pulau Besar, we’ll see you for the start of Sunday Series II on 30th June 2019.
Take care and happy sailing!
Overall Sunday Series I Results