As if a wet Saturday was not enough, the 5th and final race of the Sunday Series II took place in a never-ending bout of rain, much to the dismay of the sailors participating. With the heavy rain and poor visibility on the southern coast, all hopes of having the multihulls return on time from their trip to Kusu Island to start the race vanished, leaving the start line for the 18 keelboats to share.
In the PY Class, Invictus, Marut and Remington underestimated the strength of the outgoing tide, resulting in premature starts and a costly penalty. With winds coming from a south-westerly direction, spinnakers came up quickly, as sailors began their slow crawl to CAAS 2 and subsequently Tekong Buoy. The Olson Twins Sapphire Star and Arbudhen took an early lead in the PY Class, making good progress towards Tekong Buoy. They were the only 2 boats to finish before 4pm, and their eventual 1-2 finish across the line was also reflected on corrected time, beating quicker boats to the finish. Adona completed the podium in 3rd, making things interesting at the top of the series standings. Both Sapphire Star and Adona complete the Series on the same number of points, but the former wins the tie-breaker by scoring more podium finishes in the Series. Coming into the 5th race leading the series gave Olmeto plenty of confidence, however she struggled with the wind and weather conditions, and eventually mustered an 8th in the race. Despite surrendering top spot, 8th was just enough to keep her on the podium, completing the Series just 2 points ahead of Minx in 4th.
After rounding CAAS 2, Red Rum ran away from the fleet, establishing a significant lead on the rest. Stalling right in front of the finish line must have been frustrating for the Archambault 40, as the chasing boat Born in Fire reduced the gap just enough to take victory on corrected time, much to Red Rum‘s dismay. The 2 remaining boats in the fleet are the ones contending for the top spot in the overall series, Jong Dee and Waka Tere. Neck and neck on the final stretch towards the finish line, it looked like a mini america’s cup tacking duel taking place, as both boats match raced across the line, separated by 4 seconds. when the numbers were crunched, Waka Tere came out on top, scoring a 3rd in the final race to complete the series on 7 points, tied with Jong Dee. As both boats had the same number of 1sts, 2nds, 3rds & 4ths, Waka Tere breaks the tie by winning Race 5, effectively taking victory in the Series for the IRC Class. Born in Fire’s win in Race 5 helped her seal the remaining spot on the podium, completing the series with 9 points.
The Multihulls and Beach Catamarans saw no change to their overall Series II standings, with Cicak taking 1st place, Tantrum in 2nd and Itchy-Go in 3rd. Doug Fimmell’s Madfish II tops the table for Beach Catamarans – scoring podium finishes in all races including bullets in Race 2 and 4 to claim a total of 7 points. Bad Influence breaks a tie with Stray Catz to earn 1st runner up, having won Race 3.
Congratulations to all the winners, enjoy the results and photos below. Sunday Series III commences on 27th September – see you then!
Race 5 Results
Overall Sunday Series II Results