The Sunday Series I 2023 resumed on 19 March, with a total of 7 Keelboats, 2 Multihulls and 3 Beach Catamarans participating. The winds continue to blow strong and steadily from the North-East, an atypical phenomenon which many sailors are certainly not complaining about. The first race of our club racing season commenced with some thrills and spills on water, thankfully with no major breakages / injuries.
A-loft from the start, Uli Braun’s A-class speedster sailed well ahead of the chasing Viper and Nacra 15. Unfortunately her mast did not stay up for the entire race, with the abrupt dismasting ending his campaign for Race 1. By default, Twisted Creature took line honours, with Balqis II a close 2nd. When the numbers were crunched, Zaheera’s Nacra 15 edged ahead of the Viper F16, clinching the first bullet for this series.
In the Multihull Class, a match race developed between close rivals Bula and Miss Visayan. After an intense upwind battle between the Corsair Dash and Corsair 28, the former obtained a narrow lead rounding Tekong Buoy. She however encountered a strange twist of fate, as her spinnaker formed an hourglass on one of the gybes – providing an opportunity for Miss Visayan to overtake. The Corsair 28 subsequently held her lead and claimed the first victory in her class.
After a poor start during last week’s Lady Helm Race, Birregurra made amends – scoring a near-perfect start in the Keelboat PY Class. Lapping up the 15-18 knots of wind, the Hanse 415 made light work of the course, staying comfortably ahead of the fleet to score first place ahead of Olmeto and Shardana in 2nd and 3rd respectively. On the flipside, the IRC Class’s Waka Tere were missing a few of their regular crew, resulting in a poor start behind the 6 other keelboats. She subsequently clawed her way back into contention, overtaking the under-crewed Minx and putting just enough distance between them to secure the win for Race 1. Special commendation for Minx – a 2-up configuration for most boats definitely would not have considered flying the spinnaker. She carried her kite well during the race despite being short-handed.
Congratulations to all the winners – a great start to the series! We now look forward to commencing the first race for the Club’s Twilight Series I on 25th March. See you then.