It was back to the usual short-distance round-the-cans for sailors on Day 2, challenging their technical abilities and teamwork. For the first race of the day, a pennant 2 Course was set, sending sailors to Tekong Buoy & NP1 for a 2-lap course in a gentle North-Easterly Breeze. The uninitiated had their first experience of the “Tekong Tango”, as participants were faced with a tricky tidal situation in the vicinity of Tekong Buoy, where 4 waterways converge. That, coupled with a breeze that did not strengthen meant that the boats were reduced to a crawl on the upwind beats, dragging the race into a nearly 2-hour marathon.
Jaza Too topped the tango, with Kaze hot on her heels. They eventually finished first and second, with AbraCaDeborah a distant 3rd. The first race set the expectations, as we witnessed lots of close and exciting racing in races 3 & 4. Weather conditions developed in a similar pattern to Day 1, with the breeze strengthening later in the afternoon. It was great to see Phoenix holding her own amongst the Corsairs, at some points even taking the lead! The Multi 23 scored well in the final race for the day, finishing 2nd for the CHN Category and 3rd in OMR.
On a more serious note, we’d just like to remind sailors [AGAIN] to keep well clear of commercial vessels in the channel. We had a close shave yesterday – your safety is more important than a Club Race.
After handicap correction was factored, the victory was awarded to Jaza Too for the CHN Category! She fended off a strong contest from Kaze, who can take pride in being the only boat to steal a bullet from Jaza Too in the passage race on Day 1. Completing the podium in 3rd was none other than Phoenix – a well-deserved result which concluded with her best performance in the 4th and final race. In the OMR Category, Tri Harder commenced her Day 2 Campaign with a slight hiccup, scoring a 4th in Race 2. That was but a blemish, as she bounced back to claim 2 bullets in Races 3 & 4 to finish the series with 3 points in total. It was once again an evenly matched contest between Jaza Too and Kaze, with the former taking first runner up by 1 point.
Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you everyone [Especially Newbies Snark, Cicak & Annapuri] for participating in this year’s CSC Trimaran Championship! We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Alice Lim for the small gifts handed out to all participants for this event.
See you all this coming weekend for the East Johor Straits Race (19 Feb) and CSC ILCA Open (19-20 Feb).