Our Sunday Series II Race 3 took place on 28th July, in a delightful South-Easterly breeze, complete with a welcome sprinkle of rain to cool the sailors down at the start. With race organizers deciding to go for something different for Race 3, the pennant 7 course was chosen, taking them to South Angler and back.
The initial leg to Changi Buoy felt slow and a struggle at times, but the light winds were short-lived as they turned the corner past the SAF Ferry Terminal. In the IRC Class, it was a 2-boat race between Jong Dee and Invictus, with the former nailing the start and taking an early lead. Unfortunately Jong Dee‘s good performance upwind was marred by equipment failure, as her chainplate gave way and resulted in the mast crumpling in a strong gust, breaking in 2 places and effectively retiring her from the race. Despite a poor start, Invictus wins by default, surviving the gusty conditions to complete the course.
A 7-strong PY fleet took part yesterday, with every boat participating of similar caliber. Making amends for the omission of CSC 1 when sailing the Twilight Course last week – Skipper Lucas of Minx sailed a disciplined race to take line honours and finish 4 seconds behind champions Ikaroa after corrected time. In hindsight, the results may be different if Minx were to hold their kite longer on the final stretch to finish. Completing the podium was Marsh Mellow, displaying good boat speed sailing with the wind abeam and downwind.
The return of Kaze, Witblits and Jaza Too meant that we had a grand total of 5 Cruising Multihulls racing yesterday, with the same 3 taking podium. Scoring the bullet with a comfortable lead over the rest, Witblits crossed the line 8 minutes ahead of Miss Visayan, who came up tops among the pack of 3 chasing boats. She beats Jaza Too by a second across the line, and Kaze by 18 seconds! Despite her efforts, she finishes behind them on corrected time, settling for 4th. Jaza Too claimed 2nd and Kaze 3rd respectively.
Bad Influence & Itchy-Go were very sporting to continue racing despite being the only boats for their respective classes. Lets hope we get more participation from the beach catamarans and wetas in the subsequent weeks!
Enjoy the photos and see you next week for Twilight Series II Race 3.