Day 2 of racing took sailors on the Tiger Challenge, sending participants on a beautiful passage to Harimau and back. With it being the longest course available, the race committee needed the wind gods to cooperate to ensure sailors returned to the bar before nightfall. Luckily for everyone, the winds delivered, blowing strong and true from the South-West for the whole day!
Acing the start was Southern Light, whose nimble manoeuvres at the pin-end resulted in a well-timed start right by the yellow buoy. Both Shardana and Southern Light took an early lead, pulling away from the fleet. Despite being sandwiched between Shardana and Windancer right after the start, Rainbow Dream sailed extremely well on the downwind leg to Harimau, overtaking everyone to clinch the day 2 double.
In the PY Class, Defiance defied all odds to clinch victory on handicap, thus keeping overall leaders Minx on their toes going into the final day. An excellent move to sail on a long tack towards mainland on the upwind leg paid off handsomely, keeping her in pressure all the way to the finish line, overtaking Southern Light in the process. The latter sailed a strong downwind leg, but struggled with the lighter winds on the return beat. Despite that, she was consistent, making it a second 3rd in 2 days. The decision not to fly a spinnaker and sticking close to Besar Island on the downwind leg could have been the main reasons behind yesterday’s 1st-runner up Windancer‘s (or now affectionately known as “Angin Joget” by the locals) poor result, trailing behind the rest of the fleet. We are certain Angin Joget will make a roaring return tomorrow!
With the shortest and longest course ticked off the list, we can expect the contest tomorrow to be a race around Rawa and back, completing the 3 signature passages of this Regatta!