Following earlier reports of thundery showers over the next 2 weeks, race organizers braced themselves for a wet and cold affair – and boy did it deliver. A massive westerly system covering most of the Western and Central part of Singapore crept towards Changi Sailing Club, providing a dramatic backdrop for the small group of 5 participating boats on water.
After the start, Multihulls Bula and Nacra F20 pulled away from the fleet, leaving the remaining 3 keelboats to struggle in the patchy conditions just west of the start line. Simba was the first to escape the doldrums, receiving the pressure first to establish an early lead which carried her through the storm and towards eventual victory in the PY A Class. The Dehler 37 overcame the poor visibility and tricky winds to maintain her lead over Birregurra, who despite struggling with the wind hole at the start, only lost by a narrow margin of 3 minutes. The only representative for the PY B Class was the elegant Shipman 28, Caprice One. Helmed by Berend Van Der Griten, she performed poorly at the start line, but bounced back to close the gap between her and her larger sisters in the PY A Class. In fact, she would have placed 2nd on corrected time if they had race in the same division.
Despite the small fleet, heavy rain and poor visibility, it was a characteristically exciting and challenging CSC Race, which sailors enjoyed thoroughly. I hear the IRC Fleet is trying to muster a strong return in attendance – we look forward to larger participation for the upcoming Sunday Series II, Race 3 on 4th September!