The final installment of the CSC Sailing Festival kicked off in gentle North-Easterly winds, taking all 18 boats on a pennant 4 course for Race 1 of the CSC Sailfest Regatta 2020. Faced with a strengthening outgoing tide and conflicting weather systems on the return leg of the course, the fleet was constantly reshuffled throughout the race.
Madfish II drew first blood in the Beach Catamaran Class, scoring two bullets from the only 2 races available to lead going into Sunday. Bad Influence managed to keep it really close in race 2, finishing just seconds behind Madfish II. Encounters with the reckless Ubin Ferries in second race left Stray Catz quite far astray from the leaders, and will be looking to make amends in the remaining races today.
With a boost of professional crew assistance from the Prosail Duo of Alice and Scott, Buay Kaola scores a 1st and 2nd for both races to take the lead in the Multihull Class. Placed just 2 points away, little Itchy-Go lapped up the short course in the afternoon downpour to secure an easy bullet for Race 2, and will be hoping for similar conditions and courses today. Cicak and Ding Hao are currently tied for 3rd just 1 point away – and have everything to play for in the coming races.
Consistency was key for PY leaders Remington, as she navigated the conditions well and played it conservative to score 2 second places to sit 4 points ahead of their nearest rivals. The S & S 42 cannot be complacent, as all boats from 2nd to 6th positions are if not tied on points, separated by one. Adona scores a bullet in race 1, but struggled in 7th for Race 2. The J24 will also be keeping a close eye on Balqis, the other J24 in the fleet. Placed just 1 point from each other, it will be exciting to see how the rivalry on water unfolds. Petit Bateau took the win for race 2 – in conditions perfectly suited to the Esse 750’s asymmetrical spinnaker set-up.
It was business as usual for Waka Tere in the IRC Class, continuing on their fine run from last week’s East Johor Straits Race Victory to secure 2 bullets ahead of Red Rum and Born in Fire in the SailFest Regatta. At this rate, the Nelson 10 might very well end up sweeping all Sailing Festival Events in 2020!
We are quietly hoping for one final strong North-Easterly blow today, wrapping up our CSC Sailing Festival on a high. Please see below for results and photos.