The waning NE winds was apparent for Day 1 of the SailFest Regatta, which consolidates 3 month’s worth of racing at CSC in the prevailing NE Monsoon. Sailors were hit with a myriad of wind and weather conditions, resulting in some participants struggling to complete the scheduled races.
After 3 races, the IRC Class appears very evenly contested – with Waka Tere, Adona and Red Rum One each taking a victory from the 3 races completed. Waka Tere was the most consistent of the lot, finishing 2nd in her other 2 races to set herself in pole position going into the final day of racing. Although tied on 9 points, it looks like the little J24 (Adona) will be the nearest challenger to Waka Tere on Day 2, following a reported damaged tuff-luff forced Red Rum One to retire in Race 3 and possibly for the rest of the regatta.
The PY Keelboat Class welcome the return of long-term absentee Southern Light – who managed to successfully wrestle herself free from Malaysia amidst this ongoing pandemic and return to CSC for some much-needed racing therapy. She performed over the 3 races, scoring a total of 10 points to tie with Brio on 3rd. Mini Marut stole a bullet from the mighty Invictus in Race 3 to keep the fight for first place very much alive, placing 2nd at the end of Day 1 just 2 points behind the Mumm 30.
The Multihulls were represented by a trio of Corsairs, a sprint, a dash and a 760R pit their sailing skills on the course, with some very close match-racing taking place. The near-zero winds later in the afternoon meant that none of the Multihulls managed to finish within the time limit for the 3rd race, resulting in a DNF for all 3 boats. Looking dashing on top, Jaza Too leads the trio with 6 points. Cicak and Tri-Harder share 2nd place with 9 points. With a discard in hand, anything is possible when we return to racing tomorrow.
With 7 boats representing the Class, the beach catamarans were the largest fleet on water! It was an excitingly close contest as well, with the Nacra 5.8, F16s and Nacra 15 all in red-hot form. After 3 races, Scott McCook’s Nacra 5.8 leads the fleet with 5 points, just 2 points ahead of Uli Braun’s Nacra 15. Uli will be looking to forget the blemish which is Race 3, after 2 consecutive victories from Race 1 & 2. Separated by only a point, the fight for 3rd place is between a Nacra 20 (Kaze Cat), Viper F16 (Bad Influence)and Taipan F16 (Stray Catz). All 3 boats have a poor race to discard, setting the stage for a possible reshuffle in Day 2.
Stay on this page for further updates – see you tomorrow for the final day of racing and CSC Sailing Festival Finale!