Day 4 – we finally started the day without a single drop of rain! With only two races scheduled (Final & Medal Race), sailors were looking relaxed and unfazed in their morning preparations. Winds came on time again from a North-North-Easterly direction, albeit a little light.
The Final Race was the first event on the menu, as sailors ranked 11th to 70th after Race 9 sailed as a fleet in a race which could not be discarded. It was a ladies 1-2 finish, as Ashlea (4453) and Mikaela (4424) scored a finish in close succession, resulting in the latter consolidating her position in 11th and the former improving by 1 place to complete this regatta in 15th overall. CSC’s Samuel (727) had a good day on water as well, arriving at the first mark in 2nd place, but could not maintain his lead for the subsequent legs, resulting in a 9th place finish – no less commendable. The performance nudged him up to 19th overall – an admirable finale for his optimist sailing career! Tiago (719) also sailed well for the final race, finishing 14th to conclude this regatta 12th overall and best boy performer from CSC. In 13th place, Ella (3183) shrugged off a poor day 3 to finish strongly, claiming 4th in the Final Race to secure her position.
HHYC’s team of sailors saw a shuffle in the standings after Manchak (HKG 302) faltered in the final race, slipping to 20th and allowing his team mate Cyrus (HKG 318) who finished 18th to claim best overall sailor from Hebe Haven Yacht Club! We would also like to encourage and commend the following CSC sailors for putting in their best efforts to finish strongly at home – Ikuto (712) and Heng Yi (755) for completing this regatta in 33rd and 50th respectively.
In the Medal Race, it was heartening to see so many sailors and parents cheering from the pontoon and Jetty – the perfect vantage point to watch the final and arguably the most exciting event for this championships! With a small course, shifty winds and 3 umpires deployed, all 10 sailors had no room for error – the boat that makes the least mistakes wins. Sailors crossed bows on the course, with brief tacking exchanges on the upwind keeping spectators on the edge of their seats! When the dust settled, Desiree (4698) emerged the victor of the 10, placing just narrowly ahead of overall leader Isaac (3104). Sarah (4438) was a close 3rd, unfortunately resulting in her relinquishing her spot as top female sailor to Desiree. Lyric (728)‘s 9th placing in the Medal race earned a final score of 9th overall, 3rd girl and best sailor from CSC! By just 1 point, she successfully defended against strong competition from Germaine (3177).
The above results conclude an immensely successful CSC Optimist Championships 2022 (Gold) with Isaac Poon Weng Yew joining the ranks of many optimist sailors before him as Best sailor and reigning champion! Congratulations Isaac – a most deserving winner who receives the Challenge Trophy for 2022.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsor Xtreme Sailing Products for providing the prizes, Uncle Joe Chan for keeping the sailors disciplined on water, coaches and parents for the support provided, Hebe Haven Yacht Club Staff/Parents/Sailors for joining us for this Regatta and lastly all race management staff and volunteers for another safely-run event.
We look forward to inviting everyone back again next year – till then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All!