It was nice to see a consistent Easterly breeze settling in for the afternoon, giving sailors a natural windward-leeward course between Changi and Squance. In addition to sailing the course well, sailors also had to be extra vigilant, having to avoid a school of canoes on the start line and big commercial vessels sailing through the course.
A good start from the IRC Class saw a quick breakaway from the fleet, with Jong Dee taking an early lead. Skipper Paul Kendall read the shifts well to stay on top of close rivals Waka Tere, but struggled to stretch the lead over the course of the afternoon. When the numbers were crunched, both boats tied for first on corrected time – an extremely rare occurrence! To make things more exciting, Skybird finished a mere 8 seconds after on handicap, awarding them with a well-deserved 2nd place behind the joint-winners.
It was exciting to see all 7 boats from the PY Class so close to each other on the first beat to Changi, with NTUSC’s Notus holding a marginal lead rounding Changi Buoy. A superb downwind to Squance after that extended their lead, which eventually helped seal their victory. Southern Light made amends for their poor performance during last week’s Sunday Series, scoring 2nd place on corrected time – just 6 seconds ahead of Balqis in 3rd! It was also worthy to note that 2 boats in the PY Class sailed with minimal crew, Balqis sailing 2-up and Minx sailing solo!
It was an intimate affair for the Multihulls, with a total of 4 boats representing the 3 classes. Cicak bested Miss Visayan over the finish line and on handicap, taking the win in the Cruising Multihull Class. Keeping the flag flying high for the beach catamarans and wetas were Bad Influence and Itchy-Go respectively.
Congratulations to all the winners – looking forward to next week’s Sunday Series II (Race 3)!