Despite starting in a promising north-easterly breeze on a pennant 3 course, the fleet for the Sunday Series III Race 2 was reduced to a slow crawl on the return leg from Serangoon Buoy, with a few boats using nearly the full 210 minutes allowed for the race. All classes were represented this weekend, with a total of 12 boats sailing across 4 classes.
The Beach Catamaran Class welcomes new entrant, Babe, together with last week’s Twilight winner, Bubble Trouble and veteran Balqis II to make it a fleet of three. Although Babe had to retire and Bubble Trouble missed the finish line, it was most encouraging to see that both boats made a valiant effort to complete the challenging course. Balqis II returns to racing with her first victory for this series, looking sharp and ready for 4th November’s Ambassadors’ Cup.
Miss Visayan continues her winning ways, cruising to a comfortable lead in front of Dot Dot Dot. Skipper David Steel returns to racing sporting a beautiful sticker design adorning the hull, very much in symphony with the boat’s name. Despite her struggles at the start and spinnaker hoist, she completed the race in a respectable 2 hours 19 minutes and 40 seconds to place 2nd in the Multihull Class.
Once again the biggest fleet, but this time by a slim margin – the PY fleet was represented by a total of 4 boats. It was a competitive group, and Jock found herself struggling to catch up with the fleet after stalling at the start. She eventually missed out on podium, but not for the lack of trying. In 3rd place, Waka Tere crossed swords with Brio on the course, a rare occurrence for a boat which usually battles with the likes of Adona for line honours. The sonar sailed a brilliant race, scoring her first bullet for the series, with a very comfortable 14 minute lead on Remington after corrected time.
In the IRC Class, Adona performed well on the course. After securing an early lead, the J29 made further gains to eventually cross the finish line 23 minutes ahead of her nearest rival. The battle between the X342 and the J24 saw the little J emerge victorious, as Minx only managed to put 2 minutes between her and Jellico – an insufficient gap to win on corrected time.
Thank you all for participating – and congratulations to the winners! We look forward to having everyone back this Friday for Members Night, and Saturday for the Twilight Series and Racing Rules Clinic.