It is rare to get a consistent breeze for one afternoon in Singapore, let alone one during the inter-monsoon period. Therefore yesterday’s westerly breeze during the Sunday Series III – Race 2 came as a pleasant surprise, setting the stage for a no-frills windward-leeward course with Squance as the windward mark.
Sailors initially struggled with the strong outgoing tide, but quickly found the sweet spots on starboard tack along both sides of the channel to overcome the current. In the Keelboat IRC Class, Red Rum One was quick to establish her lead, gradually stretching the distance between her and the fleet across all 6 legs of the course – eventually finishing with a 10 minute lead on Adona. The J29 however had done enough, securing victory in the IRC Class on corrected time. Waka Tere also managed to slip past the Archambault 40 to place 2nd, an encouraging score for a few of her new crew onboard. Red Rum One‘s efforts did not go unrewarded, as they completed the podium in 3rd.
In the PY A Class, a Dufour 34 and Hanse 415 crossed swords after the start, only for the former to eventually pull ahead and establish a clear lead after the first mark rounding. Despite Shardana‘s technical mistakes during the mark roundings, she succeeds in staying well ahead of her rival to claim her first bullet for the Series. Due to a misjudgment of wind/tide, Birregurra‘s woes continue with a little kiss at Squance, resulting in an unforced penalty. Marut had a tiring but fulfilling day on the course, starting with an almost successful port-tack start which was denied by the leader of the Starboard-tack boats, Red Rum One. The lone PY B boat sailed the full course superbly, keeping close to and even overtaking boats from both Keelboat IRC & PY A Classes.
The windward-leeward course certainly does not look like the preferred course for multihulls, as some struggled with the closehaul legs up to Squance. Despite the less-than-ideal sailing angles, it was still a fairly quick day out on water, with Jeremy Perrier’s Addiction positioning himself as the faster beach catamaran on water – just 1hr 35mins to complete the course. The other solo act (A-Loft) in the Beach Catamaran Class took 2nd place, leaving Babe just out of medal contention. In the Multihull Class, Michael Flecker’s Bula came up on top against close rivals Miss Visayan, scoring a bullet for Race 2 to open her account for this series.
Thank you all for participating in the Sunday Series III! See you this Saturday for the Race 2 of our Twilight Series III.