Dark clouds and slight rain greeted everyone this morning as we drew to a close on the final day of the CSC Optimist Championships (Gold Fleet).
Winds were well behaved in the morning- blowing constantly from northeast. However, it took a great turn in the middle of race 2, and started oscillating unstably from northwest to northeast, with strong currents pushing from the west. The race committee had a difficult time setting the course fairly for the 3rd race. However, all efforts to squeeze in 1 more race were all for naught as an impending storm approached from northeast at an alarming speed, forcing race officials to can all plans and quickly marshaling the participants back to shore. The storm came swiftly and left the racing area in poor visibility, thankfully with most participants already safely back on shore.
Kenan Tan (SGP 112) bagged the gold overall with an insurmountable 12-point lead ahead of 2nd boat- Jayson Tan (SGP 119). A bullet in the final race sweetened the win for Kenan, making his tally 5 bullets from 10 races. A stable and calculated performance of 6th and 4th in Race 9 & 10 meant that Radiance Koh (SGP 114) secures her 3rd place overall and best girl yet again, just 1 point ahead of Ethan Teo (SGP 4688) – whose poor finish in the last race possibly costing him the 2nd runner-up position settling for 4th place overall.
In the Junior Mixed Division, Zach Low (SGP 4666) tops the fleet in overall 21st. He notched three top 20 finishes in this Regatta, an outstanding result for a boy of only 10yrs! Mark Wong (27th), Austin Yeo (35th), Ethan Chia (36th) and Nicole Lim (41st)?make up the rest of the top 5 junior mixed winners, holding their own against some older and more experienced participants in these challenging conditions.
It was great to see atypical wind conditions and sailors lapping up the NE monsoon winds during this regatta, planing on the swells and handling the wet and windy weather with confidence.
CSC would like to thank:
- Parents and Participants of the Regatta: we hope you had a good time on and off water over the past few weeks!
- Xtreme Sailing Products – for sponsoring a spread of quality sailing gear every year as prizes.
- Uncle Mike & Uncle Joe Chan, for officiating as on-water Juries for the Gold and Silver Fleet respectively.
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – have a good rest and enjoy the remainder of the school holidays.
See you all next year!