After a long weekend break for the Labour Day and Hari Raya festivities, we resume our club racing with the Sunday Series I, Race 3. Winds continue to be unstable, typical of this inter-monsoon period. After a brief rain shower in the morning, the breeze picked up from the east, threatened by looming weather systems from the west and the north. Race Organizers eventually decided on a pennant 3 course, taking sailors on a short beat to Changi Buoy, before embarking on a long downwind to Serangoon Buoy and an upwind return to finish.
The IRC Class was the most well attended of the 5, with 6 boats showing up on the start line. The biggest boat in the fleet took an early lead, sporting a sparkling clean hull and a new mainsail – very hard to miss! Red Rum One however always knew they had an uphill task to lengthen their lead, in hopes that the margin is big enough to overcome the handicap difference. Good effort, as they completed the course in 4th place on corrected time, just missing out on a podium finish. On top, we have the little J24, Jellico triumphant in first place. This was made extra sweet as the skipper had his family onboard, bringing along their 6yr old son for the race. It was a slim margin of victory, as her bigger sister Adona trailed only 9 seconds behind on handicap. After the 2 Js, an X marks the 3rd spot – as Minx sailed well in the shifty conditions to earn her place in the top 3.
We witnessed an incredible performance from Marut, as the Jeanneau Fun sailed a superb race to claim victory in the PY B Class. Her speed was on par with boats that have much longer waterlines, keeping pace with some of the IRC competitors. Remington placed 2nd just a few minutes behind, followed by Olmeto in 3rd. Our on-water correspondent commented that the Beneteau Oceanis 320 deserves some commendation for being the boat with the smoothest spinnaker hoist after rounding Changi Buoy. Well done!
The remaining fleets all had only 1 to 2 boats participating, likely due to the increasing number of members resuming business-related travel. Nevertheless, we would like to congratulate Birregurra (PY A), Miss Visayan (Multihull) and Bad Influence (Beach Catamaran) for their wins in their respective classes.
We look forward to welcoming everyone back for the Twilight Series I – Race 3 on 14th May, followed by our beach and Ketam clean-up on 15th May. See you all next week!