It seems Day 1 resulted in more casualties than expected, as we received news on Sunday morning that skipper Damien from Kaze Cat had to pull out due to a swollen eye from an accident on Saturday. The good news is that Twisted Creature managed to secure a stand-in crew, as the ex prince of darkness (Uli) joined forces with Matt to compete on the Viper F16 for Day 2. The weather however, proved challenging, with light winds at the beginning and a sudden squall at the end to sum up an exciting afternoon for the championships.
In the Open Category, Blue Bomb excelled in the light air, securing a bullet in Race 4 to keep the key contenders on their toes! With the race shortened at CAAS 2 due to the insufficient breeze for the fleet to meet the time limit, race officials stationed with the S Flag had a rare opportunity to witness 2 Viper F16s finishing in close proximity just 10 seconds apart. Addiction and Madfish II placed 2nd and 3rd respectively. Addiction then resumed to her winning ways in Races 5 and 6, securing 2 victories to complete the Series with 5 points and be crowned overall Open Champion for the 2023 CSC Catamaran Championships. Jeremy and Daniel also claim the F16 One-Design trophy, taking over from Madfish II as the latest title-holder.
Blue Bomb sailed superbly, with bragging rights of having both the oldest and youngest sailors onboard her boat, AND being the only boat in the fleet to have snatched a victory from Addiction. For her efforts, the Nacra 5.0 scored a well deserved 2nd overall on the Open Category. Sailing solo and handling the myriad of conditions across the weekend with ease is a reminder to all of us that Doug Fimmell is a great sailor! Congratulations to Madfish II for scoring 16 points to place 3rd in the Open Category and 2nd in the F16 One-Design.
Back on shore, we are pleased to witness the camaraderie amongst the active catamaran sailors, quietly hopeful to see further growth and participation from the largest multihull fleet in Singapore. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Pro Sails Asia for presenting memento mugs for the participants to remember the weekend by.
Thank you all for another wonderful sailing weekend, we look forward to next week’s East Johor Straits Race and ILCA Monsoon Regatta.