On 2nd July, Changi Sailing Club resumed its Sunday Series racing programme, amidst Family and Youth Day festivities at the Club. To commemorate the event, the team from Georges whipped up a delicious BBQ Surf and Turf spread, together with a beach clean-up, balloon sculpting and free ice cream for the Kids!
While children and parents were kept busy on shore, 10 boats took to the start line to race in the first race of our Sunday Series II. Winds while light, was consistent for the first 45 minutes, bringing sailors on a short jaunt to Tekong Buoy and back. The South-Westerly breeze carried the boats on a pleasant downwind up north, but the fleet was reduced to a crawl on the final leg to finish.
The only class to finish the full course was the Multihulls. Represented by staunch supporters Miss Visayan and Bula, it was exciting to see both boats taking turns to lead the fleet throughout the race. Miss Visayan’s decision to not fly the spinnaker on the leg from Changi to Squance proved advantageous – overtaking Bula to take the lead and eventual win for her class.
As the winds did not look like it would hold for the keelboats, the course was shortened at the Club line – finishing East to west. Born in Fire claimed victory in the IRC Class, being the only boat which managed to obtain her IRC certificate in time. The PY Class was the most well attended fleet, totaling 7 boats participating! At the top, Waka Tere claimed an easy victory, displaying a polished performance to outclass the rest of the fleet. Remington should relish the new competition, placing 2nd on corrected time. A close 3rd would be Brio, who despite having 2 new sailors onboard managed to secure a podium finish. Apart from the winners, it was exciting to see a close finish from the rest of the fleet, as we witnessed Jong Dee, Bound To Please, Olmeto and Jock finishing just minutes apart from each other.
Congratulations to all winners, we look forward to the start of the first Twilight race for Series II next week!