Club racing never fails to surprise – the predicted light winds for yesterday did not materialize, in its place was a 8-10 knot breeze from the South-East, taking sailors through the pennant 4 course with hardly a hiccup. The Keelboats were well represented, with 4 IRC and 6 PY Boats participating. A pair of Multihulls and Beach Catamarans made it a match race for both classes, a seemingly close contest for parts of the race.
In the Keelboat IRC Class, a near-perfect start from Adona cost them a penalty and possibly the win, as they clawed their way back from a pre-mature start to close the gap between them and close rivals Waka Tere. The Nelson 10 eventually took first place 13 seconds ahead on corrected time, a commendable job despite having to make a last-ditch maneuver to duck an outbound commercial vessel. Minx was a not-too-distant 3rd, rounding up the podium winners for the IRC Class.
After claiming an early lead, Invictus stretched their lead over the duration of the race, eventually establishing a 9 minute lead over her closest competitor in the PY Class. Despite the Mumm 30’s best efforts, she succumbed to Brio, whose 1hr 35min race was sufficient for her to seal the win ahead of Invictus on handicap. Remington’s efforts rewarded her with 3rd, just 7 seconds apart from Invictus.
Leading in the Multihull Class would be the bubbly Bula, welcoming special guest Pedro onboard. under his skillful helmsmanship, the Corsair 24 defended her advantage well and stayed ahead of Miss Visayan for the duration of the course, much to the crew’s delight. It was not all positive news for the multihulls, as Beach Catamaran maestro Jeremy Perrier suffered a capsize which resulted in him losing the boat’s tiller extension – effectively ending Addiction’s campaign for race 3. Kellie’s Twisted Creature by default earns her first bullet for this series! We look forward to increased participation in both the Multihull and Beach Catamaran Classes.
Thank you all for joining us and congratulations to all winners. Next week the Club is excited to host the Bintan Regatta Rerun @ Changi Sailing Club. 6 races over 2 days, hopefully with the most desirable wind conditions! First warning is at 1100hrs on Saturday, see you all on 29-30 April.