An offshore breeze greeted sailors on the start line for Race 2 of our Sunday Series II. With our IRC fleet growing, it seemed only right to separate the starting sequences of the IRC and PY fleets – a move welcomed by sailors from both classes.
However, sailors do need to be reminded that if the starting sequence signaled is not for your class, it is only courteous to stay well clear of the start line [Please refer to Racing Rules of Sailing 23.1]. This is all the more important with the increasing level of competition.
A quartet of F16s represented the Beach Catamaran Class, led by the newly decorated Ripple V. Sporting new red sticker designs on her bows, she was an easy spot for the photographer amidst the large number of boats. Rounding North Angler in the lead, she scored victory comfortably ahead of returning champions Madfish II. Bad Influence completed the podium in 3rd. Special mention to newbies Matt & Kellie on Babe! After a 15 minute crash-course on starting sequences and marks of the course, they completed their first ever Sunday Series race in a very respectable timing (just 10 minutes behind Bad Influence).
A trio of Trimarans participated in the Multihull Class, led by Xavier Glenard’s Kaze. Staying in the pressure and out of the strong incoming tide, she rounded North Angler ahead of the pack and sped off to finish in first place well ahead of the fleet. After a captivating story on Cruising World and a quick follow-up from the skipper of Cicak, we see the return of Captain Fatty on the helm of a trimaran! Steering her to a commendable 2nd place finish, it was a bittersweet end for one of Cicak‘s star crew – Lauren Hill. Having to continue her studies in England, this will be her last Sunday Series with us for a long while. Next week’s Twilight Race will be her final sailing race in Singapore. All the best Lauren, please continue sailing wherever you are!
A duo Just kidding. In the IRC Class, Waka Tere made amends for her poor performance in last week’s Twilight Race, sailing well in the off-wind conditions to place first on corrected time. Despite obtaining line honours, Red Rum One struggled to lengthen her lead on the fleet, settling for 5th on handicap. It was a close fight between Born in Fire and Adona for 2nd and 3rd. The former edged out the J24 by a mere 5 seconds on corrected time, maintaining their good form from recent weeks.
The biggest fleet yesterday was none other than the PY Keelboat Class. Despite having obtained a revalidated IRC, Simba chose to continue sailing in the PY Class for the rest of this series, a decision which reaped near-immediate rewards, emerging victorious in a 14-strong fleet. Skipper Atul attributes a weight-losing trip to the toilet pre-start as a significant factor for his team’s win, in addition to good sail trim and a clean hull. Coming in a very close 2nd and 3rd were Ikaroa and New Blue Eyes respectively.
Congratulations to all winners – see you next week for the Twilight Series II Race 2.