The 9th edition of the CSC Trimaran Championship concluded early today, all thanks to the recently ever-reliable NorthEast Monsoon winds. The competitiveness / eagerness of the fleet was quite apparent in Races 5 and 6, where we see both Kaze and Jaza Too take turns to register pre-mature starts, having to exonerate themselves by dipping below the line before chasing after the rest of the Trimarans.
Despite relatively unimpressive starts, Ding Hao more than made up for it with her boat speed in today’s races – nearly unmatched on a straight line. That coupled with some sound tactics on the upwind beats meant that it was a very successful outing for the trio onboard – making it a clean sweep of bullets for this regatta to victoriously retain her title this year.
The fight for 2nd and 3rd place was a little more intense, as small errors from each of the 3 boats vying for the podium placings saw some reshuffling of positions throughout the races. When the dust settled, Jaza Too managed to claim the runner-up position with a slim lead of 2 points over Kaze, who managed to take full advantage of the windward-leeward angles to pull away from close rivals Phoenix. The M23 struggled on the upwind beats, but also could not capitalize on their boat’s off-the-wind abilities in Race 5 – thus settling for 4th overall. A strong effort from Buay Kao La today saw her claim her first line honours in Race 6, a result which also aptly awarded her with 2nd place on corrected time. Considering her DNCs in Races 1 & 2, 5th overall was a great result from tallying her remaining races.
Special commendations to Tri Harder – congratulations on successfully completing your first Trimaran Championships! It was great to see her completing all races, and we look forward to having Tri Harder sailing with us in future racing events. Sadly the Wetas suffered equipment failure and prior commitments, thus their absence in today’s racing. Again, we look forward to their return in upcoming events!
With that, we successfully concluded another fabulous weekend of racing. We take a break next week due to Chinese “Niu” Year Celebrations, and will be back on 20 & 21 February for the CSC Catamaran Championships (Beach Catamarans) + East Johor Straits Race [21 Feb] (Keelboats & Multihulls).