Sailors participating in the Sunday Series III – Race 3 were treated to a glorious westerly breeze, blowing at a consistent 14 – 16 knots for the afternoon. However, a number of the boats struggled to handle the heavier air, resulting in some carnage across the course. Amidst the capsizes, collisions, damaged equipment and bruised egos, the biggest scare came from Waka Tere, as one of their crew fell and suffered a big cut on her skin, resulting in Waka’s early retirement and a immediate return to the Jetty for their crew to make her way to the hospital for treatment. We understand that she is currently in a safe and stable condition.
The conditions were perfect for Red Rum One, leading from start to finish in the IRC Class to take the bullet comfortably. Looking fierce with their new stickers, Born in Fire was also looking very slippery on the course, placing first runner-up. Against close rivals Jong Dee, the x99 emerged the clear winner, as the J35 grappled with a poor start and generally poor performance overall to finish 3rd.
A superb start from Adona paved the way for a well-deserved victory for Ad and crew, as they fended off a lean 3-person team on Brio in the PY Class. The J24 lapped up the windward-leeward course, taking advantage of their crew weight and the J24’s good pointing ability on the beat to make significant headway throughout the race. She wins by the closest of margins, just 9 seconds ahead of Brio on corrected time. First-time podium finishers Petit Bateau were all smiles at the results board, completing the PY podium in 3rd. She sailed a very good race, and her boat speed during the race reminds us of how fast the Esse 750 can be in the right wind conditions.
In Jaza Too‘s absence, together with the help of his 2 formidable crew, Tim Hill’s Cicak scored their first bullet in the Sunday Series III. Despite having a cautious approach with a reefed main at the start, Team Cicak managed to maintain good boat speed and crossed the line just 30 seconds behind Kaze. When the numbers were crunched, she edged Kaze out by a slim 17 seconds!
It was a great turn out of 7 boats on the start line for the beach catamaran class. There was a variety of different designs zipping about on the course, from F16s to the Nacra 20 and nippy Nacra 15, these boats were ready destroy the race in record time. 2 of the 3 Vipers participating placed first and second, as Madfish II pipped Bad Influence across the line to take both line honours and handicap victory. Louis Lim’s Taipan F16 continues to grace the podium, taming the wild westerlies to claim 3rd again, making it 2 consecutive podium finishes for his Sunday Series campaign. The Beach Cat sailors were blessed to have come out largely unscathed, with only a reported mainsail and spinnaker pole damage.
Congratulations to all the winners and all participants for surviving/braving yesterday’s conditions! We hope to have continued good winds on the last day of October, where we conduct the 3rd race of our Twilight Series III.