After a relaxing long weekend cruise to Raffles Marina and Lazarus Island celebrating Singapore’s 55th Birthday on 8 – 10 August, it was business as usual yesterday, with sailors re-energized and raring to go in the 3rd race of our Sunday Series II. Totaling 27 boats on water, it was another amazing turn out for Club Racing at Changi Sailing Club.
A light but steady south-easterly breeze provided the perfect reason for race officials to put sailors back on a pennant 8 course, giving participants a long upwind beat to North Angler Buoy after the start. Problems came in threes yesterday: 3 boats were overzealous at the start line, costing them valuable time exonerating themselves before chasing the fleet. In addition, careless navigation saw 3 boats failing to sail the correct course, resulting in their disqualifications.
Leading the pack of 6 Beach Catamarans were the F16s, As Bad Influence rounded the top mark first, followed closely by Madfish II. A strong sail from Jeremy Nixon earned him both line honours and victory on handicap, staying well ahead of Madfish II and Nacra 15 in 2nd and 3rd respectively for the Beach Catamaran Class.
One of the 3 boats that sailed the wrong course was Dinghao, failing to keep CAAS 2 on the correct side during the race. This gave Cicak the win by default. However, Cicak‘s performance should not be discounted, as they would have won comfortably on corrected time. Being the only Weta sailor in the Multihull fleet, Tantrum‘s Skipper (Jonathan Hardy) was just the opposite, a vision of calm and composure racing together with his son onboard.
In the PY Class, we see a total of 14 boats participating, making a fairly crowded start line. After a few weeks of poor performance, we are happy to see Brio back on the podium, scoring a bullet just seconds ahead of her competitors Olmeto and Sapphire Star in 2nd and 3rd place on corrected time. False starts from Ikaroa and Adona might have cost them valuable time and possibly a better result – with both boats eventually finishing 7th and 6th respectively.
The 3rd boat to register a premature start came from the IRC Class, as Born in Fire gave herself an unnecessary added handicap going into the race. Fighting tooth and nail, she displayed good boat speed and decision-making to claw her way back to the top half of the fleet, securing 3rd place on corrected time. Jong Dee continues her red-hot form, taking full advantage of the windward leeward course to secure both line honours and a comfortable win on handicap. Waka Tere continues to experiment with different crew and settings for her new asymmetrical spinnaker, casually taking 2nd place in the process.
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you all for another fantastic weekend! Enjoy the results and photos below.