After a few weekends of lacklustre winds, it was great to see a steady NE breeze filling in as participants readied their boats for the annual CSC Lady Helm Race. Held in conjunction with International Women’s Day (8th March), the event commemorates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. This year, we see a total of 10 Lady Skippers over 3 classes, sailing on a pennant 4 course in 6-9 knots of pleasant winds.
Being the only IRC Boat registered, Waka Tere joined the PY Class for a combined fleet of 6 keelboats. As defending champion, she had to contend with worthy challengers in the fleet – from the slippery Silhouette, to the recently crowned Sailfest winners, Simba. After losing control of the boat after mark rounding and a few nervous mistakes, skipper Genevieve of Waka Tere survived the course to bounce back and finish in a respectable 3rd place. Silhouette claimed victory on corrected time, placing 50 seconds ahead of a spinnaker-less Simba.
With only 2 boats representing the Multihull and Beach Catamaran Class respectively, it was effectively a match race for both classes. Representing the Multihulls, AbraCaDeborah and Miss Visayan crossed swords on the course – with the former emerging the faster of the pair. Balqis II was the queen of the beach catamarans this event, as Zaheera Hashim out-sailed the Viper F16 Babe, helmed by Kellie Twigge.
Despite the small numbers, it was great to see all the talented lady helms coming together to race in this annual event. Congratulations to all the winners – we look forward to resuming the Sunday Series and Twilight Series Racing in the following weekends.