Changi Sailing Club is home to over 50 multihulls, of which a large number are beach catamarans. It is therefore no wonder that the annual CSC Catamaran Championship is a permanent fixture of our CSC NE Monsoon Sailing Festival Schedule, celebrating multihull sailing at its best. The 21st edition sees a total of 8 Beach Catamarans participating – consisting of a diverse mix of Nacras and F16s. With the prevailing Monsoon Winds showing up on time today, it was smooth sailing for most boats, lapping up the consistent 10-14 knots winds from a steady NE direction.
2020’s defending champions Madfish II was off to a great start, scoring 3 bullets from 3 races to top the open and F16 one-design divisions at the end of day 1. Even though we are missing regulars such as Bad Influence and Taipan F16 (SIN 007) who would have provided a wider range of competition in the one-design division, she was still kept on her toes by her various Nacra rivals in the open division. Separated by a point, 2nd and 3rd placed Nacra 15 (CHN 116) and Kaze Cat (SIN 1088) will have to keep up the momentum in day 2, should they wish to hold on to their current positions. After 3 races, new-old entry Nacra 5.8 (058) helmed by Scott McCook and Nigel Signal’s solo effort on Stray Catz sees both boats tied on 13 points and lying in wait to pounce on any mistakes from the leaders in Day 2. Kudos to the Nacra 5.0 (2037) for completing all 3 races in their first ever Catamaran Championship! Great to see new entries confidently sailing in today’s conditions.
Speaking of mistakes, it was a relief to see only minor breakages and capsizes plagued the fleet – a good sign that we will see the return of the same number of boats for the remaining 3 races tomorrow. With the East Johor Straits Race taking place early tomorrow morning as well, we foresee another exciting day of sailing at Changi Sailing Club!