With the further easing of restrictions, we see a noticeable reduction in participation for our weekly races, as sailors take the opportunity to travel. Despite the smaller numbers, we were impressed with the nearly full attendance in the IRC Class, 7 boats contended for podium in yesterday’s race. The weather was not great, but winds were sufficient to make headway against a strong outgoing tide.
After a recent measurement exercise, Adona joins the IRC gang with her new endorsed certificate – providing a breath of fresh air in the fleet. The J29’s skipper is no stranger to the IRC fleet, having previously owned and raced on a J24 and X99. Ad and his crew looked competitive on the windward-leeward course, sailing well and keeping up with her larger rivals. When the numbers were crunched, her big sister, the J35 (Jong Dee) triumphed – taking top spot just 16 seconds ahead of Adona. Apart from securing line honours, Red Rum One had done enough to claim the 3rd place on the podium, an encouraging result for the Archambault 40.
The PY A fleet was represented by a trio of 30-40 footers, with the largest being Birregurra, a Hanse 415. The german performance-cruiser sailed effortlessly under the skilled solo helmsmanship of Basil Byrnes, but struggled to keep up with Invictus and Shardana in the light air and strong tide. The Mumm 30 led and completed the race comfortably ahead, but only just lost out on victory by a mere 3 seconds to the Dufour 34 on corrected time.
Marut punched well above her weight, sailing so well that they overtook all PY A boats and even held their lead over Invictus for a short while. The Jeanneau Fun was the only boat from the PY B Class which finished the course, as fellow competitors Brio and Montserrat succumbed to the spring tide and subsequently retired.
As usual, Miss Visayan continues to be the only representative for the Multihulls, and Babe flew the Beach Catamaran flag high, while flying her kite for the first time since re-rigging the boat.
Congratulations to all the winners – We look forward to the return of Club racing on the 23rd April, for Race 2 of Twilight Series I.
Please take note that there will be no racing next week as the Ambassadors Cup 2022 has been rescheduled to 5th November. On the following weekend, CSC will be organizing a Good Friday Ketam Cruise (15-16 April). If you’d like to participate with you boat, please email email@example.com .