You know the conditions were not very exciting when the highlight of the race was a shoe overboard. We continue with lacklustre winds this weekend, as the inter-monsoon season strikes with light and unpredictable winds, accompanied by a sprinkle of rain. The Sunday Series I, Race 2 sees a modest attendance of 11 boats on water, sans the beach cats. The beach catamaran sailors may have been the smartest of the lot, choosing to stay on shore while the rest of the participants spent over 2 hours in mostly glassy waters hunting for every puff of wind.
In the Multihull class, Miss Visayan and Bula return to match-race on the course, with the former emerging on top by just a minute ahead of Bula, finishing the journey to Serangoon buoy and back in 1hr 54min 38sec. Perhaps due to an underestimation of the light air and outgoing tide, it is also noteworthy that both boats were very late for their start, something that we have not seen in a long while.
The keelboats fared much better on the start line, with Adona leading the IRC fleet with one of the fastest spinnaker hoists after the start. Ahead from beginning to end, the J29 was nearly untouchable, even placing infront of the Mumm 30, Invictus. A late surge from Minx gave the crew of Adona a degree of tachycardia, but it was not enough for the X342 to overtake on corrected time, settling for 2nd just 2 minutes adrift. The short-handed Waka Tere could only muster a 3rd, the light-weight situation on board certainly an advantage in the light air.
Invictus’s performance while poorer than Adona’s, was plenty enough to claim her first bullet in the PY class, positioning herself comfortably atop 17 minutes ahead of her closest rival. The rest of the fleet despite being stuck in the doldrums for the longest time, managed to capitalize on a building breeze in the final 15 minutes of the race, with Shardana leading the pack. However, a lost shoe and a wind hole just before the finish line might have been too much for the Dufour 34, as she slipped to 5th on corrected time. Jock however did superbly well to catch up, placing 3rd across the line and 2nd on handicap! Completing the podium in 3rd would be none other than the buoyant Brio, improving on their 4th place finish in Race 1.
Congratulations to all winners, we now take a weekend off from racing to celebrate the Easter Holiday. See you on 15 April for the Twilight Series I, Race 2.