Day 2 of the Championships did not have the luxury of a strong south-southwesterly, as teams were now presented with further challenges of sailing in shifty and light airs for the remaining races. Already contending with gusty winds from the airplane down drafts as well as tricky outgoing tidal conditions, it was the perfect cocktail to test the tacticians onboard.
The IRC class welcome Jong Dee into the fray, after managing to gather enough crew to participate and mount a serious challenge for the remaining races. The J35 sailed well to take line honours in Race 4, but settled for three 2nd place finishes after corrected time. Born in Fire cleaned up their downwind routine on Day 2 to sweep all races and complete the series with a perfect score. Despite a blunder at the finish of Race 4, Simba held on to their 2nd spot in the overall series to complete the championships on a positive note.
There was much excitement and movement in the J24, with a fierce fight for all 3 spots on the podium. We witnessed a fantastic recovery from Shengli, as skipper Abigail Wee polished up her sailing manoeuvres to score two 2nd place finishes in Races 4 and 6 to complete the series in 3rd place with a total of 15 points. Tied on 19 points each, both Jock and RSYC Tiga displayed moments of finesse throughout the race, but could not capitalize on their gains to miss out on an overall podium finish. At the top, the fight for 1st place was surreal, as Jellico and Balqis crossed swords multiple times on the course. The former made the least mistakes and prevailed; scoring a clinical 3 bullets to complete the series on 6 points – bringing home the J24 Challenge Trophy for 2022.
In the Platu Class, Notus finally scored their first bullet! After a frustrating 3 races in Day 1, where they led all upwind legs and lost their lead on the run, Skipper Alex Chong started day 2 with a win in Race 4. it was not without a scare – as they nearly gave away their position due to their misunderstanding of where the finish line was. It was however not enough for her to seriously contend for first place, as SMUMad brought their A game in the remaining races to score 2 bullets – sealing her victory in the Platu 25 Class. Kudos to Boreas for doing all they could within their constraints – the team onboard from SMU Sailing were new to the boat, but sailed her to the best of their abilities.
Congratulations to all the winners – we are so pleased with the resumption of this event after a 2-year hiatus! Thank you SMU Sailing and RSYC for taking part, we loved the competitive spirit and camaraderie on water. We look forward to having more boats participating in the next edition – welcoming everyone back in 2023.
Day 2 Final Results