The penultimate race of the Sunday Series III was an interesting mix of conditions – from a steady north-easterly to a sudden onset of south-westerly winds, sailors were left scratching their heads in confusion throughout the course. At one point, there was also a bout of heavy rain from the west, causing a major windshift and poor visibility.
The 2 Beach Catamarans participating emerged mostly unscathed, escaping the windhole at Tekong Buoy and completing the full course in varying wind directions. Bad Influence did good yesterday, taking both line honours and handicap victory over the Taipan F16, Stray Catz.
In the Multi-hull Class, 6 boats participated, with the Corsairs doing well off the start line. Torn between the initial East-North-Easterly winds and incoming new breeze from the west, the fleet broke into 2 groups, with Cicak, Baloo and Miss Visayan ahead and the 2 Wetas + Buay Kaola trailing behind. Cicak eventually won the tussle in the top 3, and also took the win on corrected time. Miss Visayan slotted into 2nd place, just sneaking ahead of Baloo in 3rd.
With 9 boats participating yesterday, the PY fleet made up the biggest class – and also arguably the most competitive. The unpredictable wind shifts and perplexing conditions kept the crew on their toes. Really pushing the boundaries on the charts, Jen’s Jaunt to Tekong Buoy was short lived, as she got herself grounded at Changi Beach 10 minutes into the race. Thankfully the tide was coming up, and she managed to get out of that pickle safely. Being the fastest and lightest boat in the fleet, it was no wonder Petit Bateau claimed line honours with ease, but struggled to put more distance between her and the fleet, settling for 8th on corrected time. The conditions kept the entire fleet really close together, much to the delight of the cruisers with bigger handicaps. Olmeto was the biggest winner, scoring a bullet on corrected time, just minutes ahead of Ikaroa in 2nd. overall Series III leaders Southern Light completed the podium in 3rd, setting the stage for a finals showdown with close rivals Sapphire Star.
Red Rum could not find a steady footing in yesterday’s race, struggling to shake off Born in Fire‘s advances. The only 2 IRC boats kept close tabs on each other, with the latter eventually claiming victory in this race. In the overall standings, Born in Fire now just edges ahead of Invictus, with the eventual winner to be decided at the Finals on 8th December.
Yesterday also marked the end of Monthly Dinghy Racing for 2019, and we celebrated the prize giving for November’s MDR together with the entire series at Ubin Bar, giving our youth sailors much needed encouragement for the upcoming CSC Optimist Championships. 2019 has been a good year for our sailors, with more sailors picking up racing and senior sailors steadily rising through the ranks. We wish them all the best at the CSC Optimist Championships (Silver Fleet) on 4-6 December.