Blessed with a steady NE monsoon wind, this year’s CSC Trimaran Championship got off to a fantastic start. Boasting the largest fleet yet, the 2023 edition of this event sees a total of 17 boats participating, of which 10 are in the Open Division and 7 are Weta one-design dinghies. The near-perfect conditions prompted the race committee to send sailors on multiple upwind / downwind legs, testing sailors on their tactics and technical abilities.
The Weta one-design class was first introduced to this event last year. It was an opportunity for newer sailors to build their confidence in racing the Wetas, with simple courses to Changi Buoy in a series of 4 races to decide the top 3 performers. 2022 champion Cluster scored an early victory in Race 1 to commence his title defence on a positive note. It was however short-lived as skipper James McMullen had to unfortunately retire for Races 3 & 4, effectively ending his challenge for this edition. The fight for podium position was intense, a 3-way battle amongst top contenders, Kermit, Gogga and Delta Flyer. Eventually the green boat (Kermit) skippered by Adam Dean prevailed, securing bullets in Races 2 and 4 to complete the series of 4 with 7 points. Clive van Onselen’s Gogga was a distant 2nd, finishing 1st in Race 3 gave him the edge he needed, ending the series just 1 point ahead of Sergio’s Delta Flyer in 3rd.
In the Trimaran Open Division, 3 races were completed successfully, not without incidents. Newcomers Sirius Swift had their kite in the water briefly in Race 1, but the crew made a swift attempt at recovery to continue racing seriously. Miss Visayan encountered failure of their mainsail clew, resulting in a retirement from Race 2 and a disappointing end to their day 1 campaign. She is however currently being repaired, and shall most likely be ready to resume racing on day 2. At the top of the fleet, Dinghao and Phoenix share the same points to lead going into the final day of racing. Dinghao commands a slight advantage, having scored 2 bullets compared to Phoenix’s three 2nd place finishes. Just 1 point away in 3rd, Kaze waits eagerly for an opportunity to overtake and claim top spot.
3 more races and all to play for – we hear winds are picking up for Day 2, good luck and safe sailing everyone!