With everyone fully recovered from the phenomenal party that was the 20th Ambassadors’ Cup, it was business as usual yesterday for the regular racers, as they return to sailing in the Sunday Series III, Race 3. The shifty winds made it a challenging race for the 14 boats participating, with the various teams coming up with a number of strategic calls to try and excel in the unpredictable conditions.
In the IRC Class, Waka Tere‘s decision to sail 2 up with no spinnaker was a blessing in disguise for them, as the light airs and shifty winds saw the need to keep the boat light and made the whole process of spinnaker hoisting and dropping nearly unnecessary. She sailed well to take 1st place both across the line and on corrected time, beating last week’s Ambassadors’ Cup Champions Born in Fire in the process. Red Rum was a shadow of her usual self, struggling with a boat leak and other issues to lag behind in yesterday’s race.
Southern Light sailed uncommonly well in yesterday’s race, displaying excellent boat speed some good calls in yesterday’s light and shifty airs. Her performance earned her 1st place in the PY Class by a very comfortable lead, ahead of the trailing Sapphire Star 1 minute across the line and 6 minutes on corrected time. She only just lost out on line honours to the nimble Petit Bateau, skippered by Esben Poulsson. Petit Bateau‘s peroformance translated into a 4th place finish on corrected time, a commendable result for her first Sunday Series III attempt! When the numbers were crunched, Ikaroa completed the podium in 3rd.
The Multihulls were represented by 4 boats, with Cicak leading the pack and barely ahead of the chasing Buay Kaola after the first mark rounding. The Corsair 31 took full advantage of her larger sail area to power ahead on the long stretch to Squance, eventually taking line honours and first place on corrected time. Baloo sailed well on the return leg from Squance, but not well enough to convert into a victory, settling for 2nd. A 3rd placing result meant that defending champions Cicak has not gotten a victory yet in 3 races, and will be looking to secure one in race 4. Buay Kaola‘s win puts her in the driving seat, making it 2 bullets from 3 races.
Thank you all for taking part – we look forward to racing again next week at the Twilight Series III Race 3 on 16th November.