Day 2 of the 5th Nongsa Regatta brought more action and excitement, with the NE Monsoon delivering over 15 knots of winds!
The 2 Platus in the IRC Division set the tempo for the day, taking 1st and 2nd in Race 3, out-sailing defending champions Waka Tere. SMUve had a superb race, not only winning on handicap, but taking line honours as well. However, their joy was shortlived – with the winds picking up in race 2 and 3, together with some poor tactical decisions from the University Teams, Waka Tere quickly capitalized and secured victory for both races. It was a pity that Rainbow Dream could not settle their crew documentation issues in time, as they would have provided a good challenge in the IRC fleet.
In the PY Division, Quarterdeck’s series of bullets came to a halt in race 4, which could have been attributed to a headsail halyard issue after the start. She bounced back to sail well in the Distance Course (Race 5), taking line honours and the win on corrected time! It was a good day out for Minx, scoring a consistent 2nd place finish in all 3 races to earn a victory for Day 2 and overtake Shengli in the Overall results. Sangaree scored a 3rd and 1st in Race 3 and 4 to mount a strong comeback in day 2. Thriving in the stronger winds and churning seas, it was unfortunate that she got grounded during the Distance Course, forcing her to retire for Race 5. Despite that, she had done just enough to pip Shengli for 3rd in Day 2. Two 4th-place finishes for Olmeto gave the crew something to cheer about – she will be looking to ending the regatta on a high, possibly targeting a top 3 finish for the remaining 2 races.
Two more races to go – good luck to all participants for the 3rd and final day of the Nongsa Regatta!