We asked for more wind, and the weather responded with a beautiful North Easterly breeze which set in early in the day. Unfortunately the breeze did not last, as conflicting weather from multiple systems around the Club eventually saw the NE winds fail and develop into an afternoon of thundery showers, poor visibility and inconsistent wind conditions. Thankfully, race organizers managed to squeeze in 2 races before the weather started deteriorating – completing this championship with 5 races for the series.
In an amazing comeback, Madfish II surprised Addiction with a solid performance to score 2 bullets in Races 4 & 5, just edging Addiction out by 1 point to retain her title as the top F16 in the One-Design Category. Balqis II managed to defend her position in 3rd despite a strong comeback from Bad Influence and a capsize in Race 5. She has her first race to thank for – a 2nd place finish which broke the tie between her and Bad Influence.
The Open Category sees a new champion crowned for 2022, as Kaze Cat continued her fine form to complete this series with a total of 4 points after 1 discard. Light airs favourable to the Nacra F20 coupled with a crisp new red main sail gave Kaze Cat the winning edge in this regatta. Madfish II jumped Addiction into 2nd place, displacing her by one point – in a similar outcome to the One-Design Category.
Despite the small numbers, it was great to see strong camaraderie amongst the catamaran fleet. After sailing, it is common to witness sailors helping each other with the recovery of boats, as well as the sharing of tips and tricks post-racing. We also welcome a new father in the sailing community – congratulations Doug, Madfish II is now Madfish III.
Congratulations to all the winners – we now look forward to an exciting finale for this year’s CSC Sailing Festival, culminating with the most prestigious event in our sailing calendar; the CSC Commodore’s Cup 2022. Held on 5th & 6th March, this event is open to all IRC, PY Keelboats, Multihulls and Beach Catamarans. See you this weekend!