With less than a week to the Ambassadors Cup, many sailors returned to prepare their boats and practice for the race. Race Organisers decided to send all 14 boats participating in the Sunday Series on the traditional Ambassadors’ Cup route – sailing to North Angler and back. Winds arrived from the southeast, a gentle and consistent breeze opposing the outgoing tide.
The IRC fleet arrived in nearly full attendance, with 7 boats prowling the start line. A slightly overzealous Waka Tere crewed with 4 new sailors onboard did not do her penalty despite a premature start, scoring an unfortunate OCS for this race. At the top of the fleet was once again Red Rum One, who unsurprisingly took line honours and claimed 3rd on corrected time. In first place was the J29, Adona. Skippered by the Chairman of the Ambassadors’ Cup Organizing Committee, she looks all set o mount a serious challenge for the coveted Title Trophy next week. The smaller of the 2 Js, Jellico trailed the leaders, but performed well enough to secured 2nd.
In a stark contrast, the rest of the fleets attended in pairs. The PY A Keelboat class was won by Shardana, placing well ahead of Birregurra. The Hanse 415 however persevered and eventually finished the course after an ardous 3.5hrs of racing! After a close finish, Olmeto emerged victorious, edging out Marut in the PY B class.
The multihulls welcome back a newly revamped Firefly, sporting a bright Red paint job. Despite placing first across the line, she only just loses to Bula. A respectable attempt despite not deploying her spinnaker! An early retirement from A-loft meant that Addiction won the Beach Catamaran class by default. Jeremy Perrier remains one of the fastest and most active beach catamaran skippers still racing at CSC.
Congratulations to all the winners! We look forward to Bringing the World Together this Saturday – at the 21st Ambassadors’ Cup 2022.