While the crowds flock to downtown Singapore over the weekend for the Singapore F1 GP, CSC had an exciting race of their own, collecting the fastest keelboats on the north-eastern rim of Singapore for an afternoon of thrilling yacht racing in becalmed conditions. The Sunday Series III commenced yesterday in light winds and building outgoing tide, with 7 Keelboats and 3 multihulls participating.
We welcome Jellico back into the fray – skipper Cedric Declercq navigated the confusing conditions well to stay comfortably close to her larger counterparts in the IRC Division, Simba and Waka Tere. The J24 eventually finished just 1 minute behind Waka Tere, a margin good enough for her to claim the first win for the series on corrected time. Simba struggled to grasp the prevailing conditions, and lagged a few minutes behind the 2 leading boats, placing her just outside of podium contention.
The PY A and PY B Classes were once again represented by 2 boats each – great to see the return of Invictus, IMP and Olmeto! The smallest of the three is an Esse 750 racing in the PY A Class, skipper by long-time sailor Esben Poulsson. The sports boat decided to retire early, after enduring 40 minutes of slow-crawling throughout the course. She surrendered the win to Invictus, a Farr 30 skippered by our Rear Commodore (Sailing), Mr Justin Lean. In the PY B Class, Olmeto survived a strong comeback from solo-act Marut, Series II’s reigning champion. The Jeanneau Fun capitalized on a weather system creeping in from the North-East – as the skipper raised and trimmed the spinnaker all on his own to make the most of the incoming breeze. Watching this amazing solo feat unfold, the Oceanis 320’s skipper and crew were shamed into putting their spinnaker up as well, stemming the strong outgoing tide. Their efforts were rewarded, with Olmeto scoring her first win for the Series.
In the Multihull Class, Miss Visayan and Kaze crossed armas on the course, both taking turns to lead the fleet. The former eventually claimed victory, edging out the Corsair Dash by just over 50 seconds across the finish line. Ahead and A-loft from the rest of the fleet, our lone beach catamaran sailor Uli Braun was A-class above the rest, finishing nearly 20 minutes ahead of the next boat. It would be interesting to compare her performance with other regulars such as Addiction and Madfish II (one can wish for all three boat to race together).
Thank you all for joining us over the weekend – see you this Saturday for Twilight Series III, Race 1.