The 2020 CSC Optimist Championships is an annual event which takes place during the December School Holidays, drawing more than 140 sailors participating across 2 fleets. With the COVID-19 restrictions in place this year, the event introduced a new format to ensure safe distancing amongst the participants, splitting each fleet into 2 groups (blue & yellow) participating over 2 separate days. This allows our club to run the event with a smaller number of sailors each day.
Weather over the past 2 weeks have been inconsistent, with frequent squalls greeting the club and winds filling in from various directions. The blue group was met with glassy waters throughout the entire morning yesterday, as the Race Committee chased the fickle light airs in circles to set a fair course for the sailors. Eventually Race 1 was underway at about 1430hrs, with the winds coming from a westerly direction. Blessed with westerlies for the rest of the afternoon, the RC managed to squeeze in another 2 races to complete 3 for the day.
Sitting at the top of the table after 3 races, Nadine Sng (SGP 4669) and Isaac Goh (SGP 3153) leads the blue group with 7 points each, both scoring a bullet each to share the top spot. Trailing in 3rd place is 2019 defending champion Kenan Tan (SGP 112), who shaked off minor errors in Race 1 and 2 to end the day with a victory in Race 3, totalling 14 points.
The rest of the blue group had a mixed bag of results, with many of the sailors perplexed by the challenging wind and current conditions. We hope for more winds over the remaining days – today we commence the racing for the yellow group. Stay on this page for the latest report/updates!