Faced with another day of becalmed weather, race organisers were left contemplating their options yet again. Based on weather patterns displayed over the last few days, The race officer eventually decided to played it safe, sending sailors on the shortest course possible in a westerly direction. The start was slow, but winds picked up 5 minutes in, sending all 10 participating boats on a beat to Squance Buoy. With the winds clocking north over the course of the afternoon, the race was turned into a beam reach pursuit from the second leg onwards – reducing overtaking opportunities.
The IRC Class was represented by 3 boats of varying sizes: Jellico (J24), Simba (Dehler 39) and Minx (X342). Despite having the best start, Minx struggled to stay ahead of Simba as the winds shifted north to an angle on the beam, giving the Dehler the advantage in boat speed. That coupled with a nippy J24 which thrived in flat water and soft breeze meant that skipper Lucas faced strong challenges to his initial lead. Despite her best efforts, Minx eventually settled for 3rd on corrected time, succumbing to better performances from Jellico and Simba. The former sailed well to take the victory on corrected time, as Simba‘s line honours and 20+ seconds lead was not enough to overcome the J24’s handicap. In the overall Sunday Series I standings, Race 5’s result was a mirror of the top 3. Jellico’s lead sealed her win for the Series, having scored 2 bullets from 5 races to finish with 9 points after 1 discard. Simba was a close runner-up, just 1 point behind. Minx completed the podium in 3rd, with a total of 12 points from 4 races.
It was also a fleet of 3 in the Keelboat PY A and PY B Classes, setting the stage for more 3-way showdowns. In the PY A division, there was yet again a variation of boat sizes – IMP (Esse 750), Invictus (Mumm 30) and Birregurra (Hanse 415). Bravo Zulu to the biggest boat in the fleet, Birregurra – Her perseverance on the final stretch to the finish line was commendable. This despite the fact that wind had dropped to near zero, and tide had turn to an incoming one. Fighting for top spot were the 2 sports boats – with the smaller one claiming a better start and leading from start to finish to earn herself her first win for the season! After a long break, Invictus‘s 2nd place finish was respectable, also earning her the runner-up position for the overall series. First place went to Birregurra – scoring the best attendance of the fleet with 2 bullets in the bag to claim her first Sunday Series victory. Shardana was the best of the rest, her performance in Race 1 and 2 were enough to claim 3rd, despite not racing for races 3-5.
Marut scored the double for this weekend, as she cruised to a comfortable win in the Sunday Series I Keelboat PY B division. She placed first in Race 5, increasing her tally of bullets to 3, completing the series with 5 points after a discard. Remington placed 2nd just 4 minutes behind, also placing 2nd in the overal standings. A retirement from Nevis in Race 5 meant that she only just missed out on a podium placing by 1 point, surrendering 3rd place to Jonathan Syke’s Olmeto.
In the Multihull and Beach Catamaran Classes, only 1 boat represented each class – Thank you Miss Visayan and Addiction for being a good sport and joining us for the final race of this series. In the overall Sunday Series I standings, Miss Visayan claims top spot for the Multihull Class, and Balqis II placed 1st in the Beach Catamaran Class. Due to only 1 boat participating in race 2, 4 & 5, in addition to it being a different boat each time – 2nd to 5th position in the Beach Catamaran Class were all tied on 22 points after discard. Addiction and A-Loft broke the tie, having participated in the most recent races (4 & 5) to score 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Congratulations to all winners – we look forward to welcoming everyone back for the LHK Round Ubin Challenge on 18th June and the Sunday Series II + Twilight Series II on 3rd and 9th July respectively. Thank you all for participating, see you next week!