Never a dull moment at Changi Sailing Club – Race 3 of our Twilight Series III saw varying wind conditions over a span of 2 hours. From a comfortable 6-7knot easterly breeze to a cold 12-14knot front filling in from the north-west, it was challenging conditions for the fleet of 16 boats participating.
Disciplined starts from both the Keelboat and Multihull fleets meant that it was a clean sheet for all boats for this race, with near perfect starts from Adona, Remington and Red Rum One. The start gave Adona a much needed momentum, sailing well to round Changi Buoy just behind Sangaree and ahead of faster boats such as Jong Dee and Waka Tere. She subsequently handled the shifting winds well, survived the surprise squalls and a near Man-Overboard just before the finish line to hold her own in the IRC Class, finishing comfortably in first place after corrected time. Waka Tere clawed back from a poor start to cross the line and finish as first runner-up. Despite her good start and line honours, Red Rum One struggled to pull further ahead of the fleet, and had to settle for 3rd on handicap.
In the PY Class, the tussle for third was a close competition between 4 boats (Balqis, Notus, New Blue Eyes & Simba) separated by only 32 seconds in total after corrected time. Balqis emerged the best of lot, staying 11 seconds ahead of Notus both on handicap and across the line. The little boats shined on the course, as both Brio & Marut sailed valiantly to keep the faster boats within close sighting distance. The former crossed the line just 9 seconds behind Notus, earning her a well deserved bullet for the race. Marut‘s performance placed her in second position, just 1min 45 seconds behind the winner on corrected time.
Again the Multihulls and Beach Catamarans were represented by 2 boats each, with the usual suspects Cicak and Jaza Too match-racing on the course in the Multihull Class; together with senior sailors Nigel (Stray Catz) and David (Balqis II) doing the same in the Beach Catamaran Class. It was another case of deja vu for Cicak in the Multihull Class, as she could not capitalize on her early lead, and was eventually overtaken by Jaza Too on the penultimate leg. In the battle of the Taipan F16s, Nigel shook off the rust and powered Stray Catz to a convincing win, finishing just over 10 minutes ahead of Balqis II to mark a positive return to Club racing.
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for taking part! We look forward to 2 events next week:
- Rainbow Centre Yishun Park School Fun Sail (7th November, 10am-1pm)
- Sunday Series III – Race 4 (8th November, 2pm)
See you then!