The 2023 Commodore’s Cup is the most prestigious of the Sailing Festival Calendar, collecting 2 months of solid racing across various classes, and awarding the best performers in each class this season. This year, the Club also used the event to unveil our new pontoons, many months in the making! Previously scheduled for completion before the Ambassadors’ Cup, the works were unfortunately significantly delayed. Nevertheless, it was well worth the wait, as our pontoons have now been upgraded to a design which secures them to newly installed piles. After the morning’s skippers briefing, Madam Commodore Deborah Barker officially opened the new pontoons for members access, signaling a new milestone for Changi Sailing Club.
The event resumed and commenced with a splash, as competitors were greeted with torrential rain on the start line, cooling the ambient temperature down to 23 degrees celsius. It was a far cry from last week’s weather, with winds blowing from a westerly direction and visibility affected at times during the race due to the persistent precipitation. A grand total of 28 boats registered for this year’s event, 3 more than the 2022 edition. The fleet consisted of an eclectic mix of boats – 5 IRC, 5 J24, 10 PY, 4 Multihulls and 4 Beach Catamarans. Joining us are 2 visiting yachts from RSYC – Dua and Tiga! They will be contending in the J24 One-Design Class, a new category introduced this year.
Apart from the cold temperature and poor visibility, sailors also faced the added obstacle of navigating a very busy shipping channel! We would like to take this opportunity to remind sailors to keep well clear of inbound and outbound commercial ships. Despite the various challenges, race organizers managed to secure 3 races for day 1, well on track to complete the scheduled 6 races for the weekend.
At the end of Day 1, Waka Tere lead the IRC Class, scoring a hat-trick of victories to hold pole position entering Day 2. Fierce contenders Adona and Minx are looking to bring the heat for the remaining races, having shared the spoils for 2nd and 3rd placing in races 1 to 3 to be separated by only 1 point. In the J24 One-Design and Multihull classes, it was a similar situation – a clear lead was established by Jellico and Dinghao respectively, scoring consecutive wins in all 3 races to sit comfortably on top of their respective fleets.
The lines were however less defined in the PY Class, the largest fleet in this competition. In a fleet of 10 boats, Birregurra emerged the most consistent performer for Day 1, finishing in podium position for all 3 races to amass a total of 8 points. Victory for the individual races were shared by Bound to Please (R1), Invictus (R2) and Olmeto (R3). With 1 discard yet to be activated, these 3 teams are waiting to pounce on day 2, mounting a serious challenge for the top spot.
In the Beach Catamaran Class, a retirement in Race 1 due to equipment failure did not deter Addiction from finishing the day with 2 bullets and just 2 points adrift leader, Kaze Cat. The Nacra F20 will be trying their best to hold on to their lead for the remaining races tomorrow. Madfish II has an outside chance to break into the top 2, finishing the day with 8 points from 3 races. Hopefully with the combined experience of Doug and Uli, they just might!
We look forward to another exciting (and hopefully less wet) day of racing – good luck and fair winds to all!