After nearly 2 months of no racing, it was great to return to our usual weekend routine, starting with the Sunday Series II on 4th July. Prevailing Safe Management Measures require teams to stick to groups of 5, as well as restricting to groups of 2 when consuming F&B pre/post race.
Winds were lacklustre in the morning, causing some pre-race anxiety for both the race committee and sailors participating. Thankfully, a light south-westerly breeze filled in just 30 minutes before the start, allowing the sailors to commence their journey to Serangoon in an orderly parade.
A near perfect start from Adona gave her an early advantage over the rest of the IRC fleet. She played the light airs in her favour, defending well against the leading Jong Dee to draw first blood on corrected time. Line honours and 2nd placing is a great showing from Jong Dee, looking refreshed after making some changes post Sailing Festival. Defending Champions Waka Tere were off to a shaky start, shaking off the rust to complete the podium in 3rd.
In the PY Class, an administrative oversight from Born in Fire sees them participating in this Class for Race 1 – pitting their skills against 11 other keelboats. They emerged clear ahead of the fleet together with Invictus – engaged in a close battle on the final leg to the finish line. On corrected time, Born in Fire scored a comfortable victory over Invictus, with Atul Sinha’s Simba cruising into a confident 3rd. We also hear Simba is awaiting an IRC Certificate – that means we may have 7 IRC boats going into Race 2 of the Sunday Series on 18th July!
Kaze topped the Multihull fleet, exhibiting superior boat speed on all legs. The lack of sailing over the last 2 months seemed to have affected Miss Visayan as well, struggling with technical difficulties at the leeward mark rounding. Despite the issues at CSC 1, she managed to secure 3rd on handicap, just behind Phoenix. Freddy Fam’s M23 (Phoenix) sports a distinctive kite possibly acquired from other M23 (now retired) Baloo. As the Series develops, we do hope to see Phoenix racing more regularly!
The Beach Catamarans were led by an old-new entrant, as Jeremy Perrier returns to race in our Sunday Series. Recently taken over Ripple V, he intends to sail more regularly on the weekends, a welcome addition to the fleet. In 2nd place, we have another Jeremy (Nixon) on the podium, who interestingly enough, is sailing what was previously Mr Perrier’s Viper (Bad Influence). Just astray in 3rd was none other than Stray Catz. Nigel continues to keep the younger sailors in check, always ready to pounce when they slip up!
Congratulations to all the winners! This Saturday, we look forward to more racing fun at the Twilight Series II, Race 1. See you on water.