The winds were oscillating from the SW to SE most of the afternoon but offered a good enough condition for a gentle start. But the condition improved when the boats cleared the shadows from the trees as they passed Fairy beacon. The puffy 6 to 8 knots carried the fleet on the first leg as they sailed towards Serangoon Buoy.
It was good to have three trimarans at the start; Graham in Jaza Too and Michael in Bula must have been a definite welcome for Gary in Miss Visayan who had been the lone entry in the past races. We hope to have more Tri’s coming back to join in. Unfortunately for Jeremy, in Addiction, he was the lone entry in the beach cat class. But that did not dampen his enthusiasm for racing and enjoying the afternoon outing, he even found time to pose for the camera with his crew.
Eight boats formed the start in the keelboat division. As they cleared the end of the club’s moorings, the slight increase in wind strength saw Simba, Jong Dee, Waka Tere and Invictus pushing their way through the waters in an effort to be ahead. Following not too far behind were Marut, Remington, Balqis and Brio.
On the last leg up to Squance, Invictus took advantage of the shift in wind direction and deployed their spinnaker. Unfortunate for her, the spin halyard got snagged and they were not able to drop their spin, this led to them having to retire from the race.
With a nice sunshine and a reasonable breeze, the race ended well with Jaza Too finishing ahead of Bula in the multihull division and Addiction in the beach catamaran. Atul in Simba did well in IRC and finished ahead of Paul in Jong Dee. Zaheera in Balqis was first in the CHN-A and coming in first and second in the CHN-B were Remington and Marut.