Light winds and strong currents greeted sailors for Day 2 of the Commodore’s Cup, keeping the team tacticians on their toes as they navigate the challenging conditions along the East Johor Straits. The strengthening outgoing tide swayed the Race Committee to put on a pennant 3 course for the first race of the day, sending them on a short upwind leg to Changi Buoy before embarking on a long downwind up-current to Serangoon Buoy.
With the winds dropping to below 5 knots and uncertain rain clouds looming in the horizon, the 5th and final race of the regatta was competed on a small but technical course in the form of pennant 1. A close encounter in the PY class saw 2019 champions Balqis making a bold move to cut in between fierce rivals Adona and the leeward mark, which were already well within the 3 hull-length zone described in Rule 18.2 (b). Having realized the rule infringement, Team Balqis graciously retired from that race.
Day 1 PY leaders New Blue Eyes continued her fine form to score a bullet in Race 4 and a 4th in Race 5 to seal her win – earning them the 2020 PY Class Challenge Trophy. Adona‘s first Commodore’s Cup campaign ended with an admirable 2nd place finish just 3 points behind, we look forward to seeing her in action for future races. Shardana completed the podium in 3rd, scoring her second bullet in Race 5 to just edge out Balqis with a tie-breaker on number of firsts obtained for the series.
Waka Tere navigated the challenging conditions to score an emphatic and clinical victory in the IRC Class, sweeping all races available to retain the Commodore’s Cup Challenge Trophy for 2020. Born in Fire was the best of the rest, despite grounding on Day 1 and missing out on the time limit for Race 4 – she manages to finish as first runner-up with 9 points. It was a close fight for 3rd, as Red Rum One fended off a late surge of good performances from Invictus to claim 2nd runner-up just 2 points ahead.
Another close contest developed in the Multihull Class, as leaders Witblits and pursuers Ding Hao sailed hard for the remaining 2 races to determine the winner for this regatta. 2020 Trimaran Championships winner and favourites Ding Hao always knew it was going to be an uphill task to maintain a sufficient lead on the fleet to score her victory in each race. Despite a superb effort by Ding Hao to beat Witblits by 8 seconds on corrected time, Cicak sneaked in a win for Race 5, earning them a total of 9 points and a place on the podium. Her victory resulted in a tie-breaker for Witblits and Ding Hao, with the former holding on to top spot by a hair’s breadth – breaking the tie with one more bullet than the other.
In the Beach Catamaran Class, Stray Catz was over zealous on the start line – scoring an OCS for Race 4. Madfish II and Bad Influence scored a win each to complete the regatta in first and second respectively – with Madfish II successfully defending her title this year.
Thank you everyone for participating over the weekend, 27 boats over 4 classes is an amazing turn out! Special thanks to our visiting friends Rainbow Dream & Millenium II for joining us for the Regatta, we look forward to your support in the remaining 2 events (East Johor Straits Race & Sailfest Regatta) of our Sailing Festival.
Despite the difficult conditions, we are glad to have hosted yet another successful edition of the CSC Commodore’s Cup!