After 2 days of challenging conditions, sailors finally got to enjoy some consistent winds from the North-East on the final day of racing. It was however short-lived, as the breeze waned in the mid-afternoon, leaving many sailors with an unfortunate DNF score for race 7.
With 7 races completed, all participants were allowed to discard their 2 worst races of the series, resulting in a reshuffling of the overall standings. Shrugging off a BFD in Race 3, Kevn Ho Jun Yi (3118) scored 3 bullets and top 10 finishes in all races to finish the series with 9 points. The result crowned him 2022’s CSC Optimist Championships Silver Fleet Winner! In 2nd place, pocket rocket Anya Alessia Zahedi (4724) completed the series 6 points adrift, but was without doubt the most consistent performer of the fleet. An unblemished record with 5 third place finishes makes her a worthy runner-up and overall top female sailor in the Silver Fleet. Elliot Goh (3103) scored 19 points in total to round up the top 3. His performance was outstanding, considering he had only obtained his opti-racer certification not more than a year ago! This was recognized with a win in the Novice Cateogory.
CSC Sailors did well to secure 3 places in the top 10 – with Maia Kiran Lim Laurie (771) leading the contingent. After discarding races 3 (BFD) and 6 (6), Maia placed 4th on 20 points – just 1 point off 3rd-placed Elliot. Her score was also earned her 2nd in both the Female and Novice Category. Amandine Pitsilis Zoe (702) bounced back from a poor day 1 result to stabilize herself in the top 10, eventually placing 6th overall and 3rd in the Female Category. Rounding off the top 10 was John Raphael Lim (788). His initial strong showing on Day 1 and 2 carried him through, fending of a slew of good results from other competitors to score 62 points and a medal for his efforts. The future of CSC youth sailing is bright – Kudos to Charles Kong (716) and Hannah Tan (777) for finishing 1st and 2nd in the 8 years and under Category. Their Open Category scores of 21st and 49th are also commendable results – what a feat!
We would also like to acknowledge and commend all sailors who participated and put in their best efforts to tackle the challenging conditions!
Big thank you to XSP for sponsoring the prizes, International Jury Mr Selvam Mookken for keeping the sailors disciplined on water and Coaches /Parents / Race Management Staff for looking out for the safety of the fleet.
Bravo Zulu – we now look forward to next week’s Gold Fleet Contest!