After a very wet and rather disappointing February, sailors approached the weekend with cautious optimism, as we look to end the CSC Sailing Festival with pleasant wind conditions. A total of 26 boats consisting of 16 Keelboats, 5 Multihulls and 5 Beach Catamarans registered for the 2022 CSC Commodore’s Cup – a modest number which may have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Unfortunately, the disappointment continued for official and sailors, as everyone struggled to make the best out of the fickle winds and strong outgoing tide. With light winds and forecasted thundery showers for the afternoon, the wind could not settle into a consistent direction, and hardly strengthened to anything above 8 knots. This resulted in only 2 races being run for IRC/Multihulls/Beach Cats and 1 race completed for the PY Keelboats.
In the IRC Class, Minx continued their fine form after their success at the East Johor Straits Race – scoring a win in Race 1 and a 2nd in Race 2 to top the fleet of 3 on 3 points, 1 point ahead of close rivals, Waka Tere. The Nelson 10 will be playing catch up in Day 2, as she attempts to make it 2 wins from 4 events in this year’s Sailing Festival, cementing her position at the top of the standings and retaining the Sailing Festival Challenge Trophy for the IRC Class. In 3rd place, Jellico is also a strong contender – having won the Commodore’s Cup last year under the name of Adona. She scored a bullet in Race 2, and is still very much in contention moving into Day 2.
The biggest fleet in this regatta could only muster 1 race, as light winds and strong currents bested many of the boats in the PY Class. After 1 race to Squance and back, Remington leads on corrected time, followed by Todak 2 in 2nd and Marut in 3rd. There is plenty to play for in Day 2 – sailors will be looking to recharge and pray for stronger winds on Sunday.
Consisting of 3 Corsair 28s and 2 Corsair Dash 750s, some of the Multihull Fleet experienced a few teething issues during the races – resulting in retirements from different boats across both races. When the numbers were crunched, Jaza Too leads the fleet as the only boat which completed both races – scoring 3 points going into Day 2. The rest of the fleet would be hoping for at least 3 races tomorrow to be able to discard their worst race in the series.
In the Beach Catamaran class, what was meant to be a fleet of 5 was reduced to 4, as Addiction which registered for the event did not show up on the start line. This development actually provided an opportunity for the newer sailors to shine, as we now witness a close battle for 3rd place between Balqis II and Babe. Kaze Cat tops the fleet comfortably in 1st, with Bad Influence completing the podium in 2nd place.
We continue to hope for more winds (perhaps one last puff from the North-East?) in Day 2 of the CSC Commodore’s Cup – which would provide the perfect stage for a grand finale to this year’s CSC Sailing Festival.