The recent wind conditions have been anything but consistent, and this weekend’s CSC ILCA Open was a perfect example of that. Wind direction and strength was varied and inconsistent, an uncommon occurrence this time of the year. Typically, we get a steady north-easterly breeze which sailors look forward to experience annually. This time, participants were challenged both physically and mentally as the scorching heat coupled with tricky conditions provided the perfect stage for sailors to showcase their ability to endure and adapt.
The fleet was a modest 53, with a few sailors unfortunately pulling out due to COVID. The virus did not spare the staff, as 2 of the on-water staff tested C+, resulting in challenges not only for sailors, but for the race organizers as well. To add on to their woes, equipment failure and boat shortage made it an unprecedented challenge for personnel on and off water. Despite these issues and 2 days of testing conditions, race organizers still managed to complete all 6 races for the ILCA 4 class, as well as 4 races for the ILCA 6 and 7 classes.
In the ILCA 4 Class, Russell Yom (213191) returns from a winning campaign at the recent ILCA & Topper Monsoon Regatta (5-6 Feb) to challenge for title, currently held by Poh Yong Ler – who won 2021’s edition by a staggering 13 points. Russell held his own this year, completing all 6 races in the top 2 position to amass a tally of 8 points – 3 points ahead of first runner up, Nadine Sng (214873). She sailed well to score a bullet in Race 2 and 6, completing the series as the best girl performer in the ILCA 4 Class. Javier Ong (43) takes 3rd with a total of 23 points. Congratulations to the following CSC sailors for putting in your best efforts during this regatta – for some, I hear this was their first CSC ILCA Open!
7th – Meghan Tan
16th – Faith Ng
21st – Angyal Chew
30th – Caio Sullivan
31st – Jaydn Wilkins
Victoria Chan (194946) and Kyle Lim (214779) return to push each other on the course again, after an exciting clash at the ILCA & Topper Monsoon Regatta. The former again emerged victorious in the ILCA 6 Class, but Kyle certainly did not make it easy for the multiple SEA Games medallist. After 4 races, the both of them tie on 10 points, with Victoria breaking the tie in her favour with 2 bullets to her name – compared to Kyle‘s 1. In 3rd place, Darius Lee (197833) sailed commendably to complete the podium with a total of 17 points. This event serves as a good warm up for Victoria, before she departs for Abu Dhabi next week to represent Singapore in the Asian Sailing Championships 2022.
The ILCA 7 Class was once again represented by the Hungarian duo of Akos Rigo (203545) and Vincze Balazs (205777). Although the former was the clear winner with 4 bullets from 4 races, it was great to hear that both boats have been taking this opportunity to learn from sailors in the other 2 classes, especially during the combined starts for ILCA 6 and 7.
All things considered, it was another successful run of our annual CSC ILCA Open. thank you all sailors for joining us.
Big thank you to Race Officer Ryan Kwok, Jury Jerrold Ng, Coaches, Staff and Volunteers for the smooth running of this event despite the many obstacles over the weekend!