Where did the North East Monsoon go?
Day 1 of the CSC Catamaran Championship got off to a slow start, with a sea of calm greeting the sailors as they rig their boats. A total of 7 boats registered for this event – consisting of 5 F16s,1 Nacra 20 and 1 Nacra 5.0. It was a fierce contest amongst friends, as defending champion Madfish II skippered by Doug Fimmell (paired with last year’s 2nd runner-up, Uli Braun) faces stiff competition from fellow F16 Viper Addiction (winner, Two-Island Race 2022) as well as the 2 Nacras, Kaze Cat (3rd, Two-Island Race 2022) and Blue Bomb (winner, Signature Sundays 2022) .
The winds eventually picked up at around 1245pm, signaling the launching of catamarans and the start of Race 1 in a light 5-6 knots of breeze from the east. With the course taking sailors to NP1 and back, it was a good beat up to CAAS2, before the fleet embarked on a long reach to NP1 for the return leg. Sporting a new mainsail, the fastest boat on the course lived up to expectations, as Kaze Cat led the fleet from start to finish to take line honours and victory on corrected time. Addiction was a very close 2nd – just seconds behind on handicap. The results from Race 1 set the tone for the remaining 2 races, with Kaze Cat building on their first race to score 2 more bullets – finishing Day 1 with 3 points for the Open Division. Addiction trails them by 4 points, and Blue Bomb sits in 3rd with 10 points. Madfish II did not have a good day on the course, as they sit just outside of the top 3 with 11 points.
In the One-Design Category, Jeremy Perrier’s Addiction sits comfortably on top with 4 points from 3 races. Madfish II is a close 2nd with 6 points and in a pleasant surprise, we have Balqis II in 3rd after strong finishes in Races 1 and 3. With another 3 races to go and plenty of good performances from all sailors, we are certain that there will be more nail-biting results for Day 2!
We hope for more winds today – good luck to all participants.