Day 1 of the 2022 CSC Trimaran Championship had a little drama even before the race started, as we received news that a few Trimaran sailors had tested Covid Positive, resulting in last-minute withdrawals from the competition. Nevertheless, it was great to see 7 Trimarans participating in yesterday’s passage race, as well as 5 Wetas participating in their own mini one-design regatta. It was especially exciting to see the Wetas as a number of them are new to the racing scene, and gained much needed confidence and experience over the course of the day.
The Weta Class was represented by:
- Cluster – James McMullen
- Stripes – Antonio Bertoletti
- Delta Flyer – Sergio Salvador
- Tantrum – Jonathan Hardy
- Kermit – Adam Dean
They also finished in that order, with Cluster scoring 3 bullets from 4 races to claim victory in the first ever Weta Class One-design Event. Kudos to Delta Flyer – despite being fairly new to racing, she sailed well to keep up with the more experienced sailors in the lead, eventually earning a well-deserved 3rd. Congratulations to all winners. Big thanks to Jonathan Hardy (Tantrum) for rallying the Weta sailors to help make this event possible!
On the long course, the 6 Corsairs and lone Multi 23 started on a slow crawl to Approach Mark, encountering their first challenge of the race – making it in time to cross the Singapore Airshow 2022 restricted area before it closes at 1030hrs. Thankfully, all boats made it across safely, albeit with a little scolding from the airshow security detail on water. As the breeze freshened up and swung to the North-East in the afternoon, the fleet made light work of the course, with the slowest boat finishing in 6hrs 26min 17secs. When the numbers were crunched, the boat which started last orchestrated an epic comeback, scoring line honours and dashing past the other 6 boats to claim victory in the CHN category. Kaze sailed a superb race to outdash fierce rivals Jaza Too in 2nd place. Phoenix swept in to complete the podium in 3rd. With the introduction of the OMR category, the handicaps favoured the newer Corsair 760, Tri Harder. She takes the win on corrected time, followed by Kaze and Jaza Too respectively in 2nd and 3rd.
We look forward to the inshore racing for races 2 to 4 today, in hopefully some decent North-Easterly breeze.