Rain! Sailors were treated to an exceptional storm building from a South-westerly direction on Day 2 of racing, chasing the IRC and Multihull Classes towards the finish line on the last leg of the Pulau Ubin Course (Race 5). Race Organisers sent the Beach Catamaran and PY Classes to Tekong Buoy instead, a move which saved the Beach Catamarans from getting caught in the heavy rain and poor visibility. Unfortunately the PY Class got the brunt of it, with nearly half the fleet eventually retiring. Scores were kept very close in 3 out of 4 classes, as the podium contenders’ positions get reshuffled after each race.
In the IRC Class, Day 1 leader Adona held on to her lead by the slimmest of margins – surviving an onslaught of good performances from Waka Tere and Born in Fire. Two 3rd place finishes in race 4 and 5 just managed to keep her ahead of 2020 winner Waka Tere by 1 point to secure her victory and IRC Challenge Trophy with a final tally of 6 points. Born in Fire‘s win in Race 4 coupled with runner-up position in the Round Ubin Race earned her the remaining place on the podium on 9 points.
The PY Class was closely contested all the way till the last race, with only a single point separating the podium finishers. Consistency certainly played a big part in Ikaroa‘s successful capture of the Keelboat PY Challenge Trophy, scoring her best performance of a 2nd in race 2 and three 4th place finishes to complete the series on 14 points. Despite retiring in the last race, her efforts were just enough to defend against close rivals and runner-ups, Sapphire Star. Skipper Simon Connor was left lamenting what could have been, considering they lost to Ikaroa in Race 4 by a mere 8 seconds – a result if switched around would have given Sapphire Star the 2021 PY Title. A 10th in Race 4 and retirement in Race 5 saw Day 1 leader Simba slip from 1st to 3rd, breaking the tie with Balqis using her 2 bullets from Races 1 & 3.
A strong finish from Buay Kaola in Race 5 earned the Corsair 970 her only bullet for the series, a sweet end to an exciting weekend. She placed 2nd behind a near-flawless performance from Jaza Too, who succeeds Witblits as the latest Multihull Commodore’s Cup Champion! Great effort and result from Tri Harder, despite a retirement in Races 3 and 5 coupled with being relatively new to the racing , she completed the podium in 3rd overall.
Experience triumphed youth in the Beach Catamaran Class, as Scott McCook’s Nacra 5.8 pipped defending champions Madfish II by a point to claim the Beach Catamaran Title on 5 points after a thrilling 5 races. Nigel Signal’s win in Race 4 threw a spanner into the mix, together with a runner-up finish in Race 5 secured Stray Catz a podium placing on 9 points. After a great first-time outing at the Catamaran Nationals, we are pleased to see the Nacra 5.0 returning for more racing; and placing 4th in a fleet of 7th is definitely an encouraging result.
Congratulations to all the winners, and big thank you to Commodore Deborah Barker for signaling the start of the first Race on Sunday. Additionally, she had also generously sponsored 4 bottles of Prosecco for the winners in each class – news which was without doubt positively received by the skippers and crew.
Thank you all 28 boats for participating in another memorable edition of the Commodore’s Cup – we look forward to welcoming everyone back for the grand finale of the CSC Sailing Festival on 20/21 March 2021 – where we conclude 3 months of solid racing in the prevailing NE Monsoon with the SailFest Regatta.