Happy Deepavali to All! Our 3rd Race of the Series coincidentally falls on the day where Hindus around the world celebrate the Festival of Lights. While CSC is tucked away in a little corner of Singapore, we no doubt felt the carnival-like atmosphere, from chanting and cheering on water as the pulau ubin ferry boats pass our fleet to the vibrant throngs along the changi beach singing and dancing as our sailors rounded Changi Buoy.
The race itself was an intimate affair, with the IRC providing the largest representation of 5 boats in their class. Weather-wise, the fleet was made to wait for the first hour of the afternoon, as the winds were too light for sailors to make any progress on water. At 15 minutes to 3pm, an easterly breeze greeted the fleet, prompting race organizers to quickly remove the AP signal and commence the countdown to start – sending sailors on a short course to Changi Buoy and back (2 loops).
Of course waiting was not for everyone, as Ikaroa, Dot Dot Dot and Ragnarok decided to call it an afternoon before the AP Flag was removed, leaving Miss Visayan sailing alone in the Multihull Class and reducing the PY Class to three. Miss Visayan and Scott McCook’s Nacra 16 kept the Multihull and Beach Catamaran fleet alive, completing the course in the gentle breeze to take home victory in their respective classes.
In the PY Class, a three-way battle between Brio, Waka Tere and Jock developed, with the Nelson 10 struggling to pull away from her smaller competitors on the short course. This was reflected in the final scoreline, as Brio claimed a comfortable victory on corrected time, and despite it not being her best performance – Jock scraped through to 2nd just seconds ahead of Waka Tere in 3rd.
There were some heated exchanges and aggressive moves displayed by competitors in the rejuvenated IRC Fleet. Starting with the starts, Jong Dee and Born in Fire were prematurely on the course site, with the latter successfully returning to exonerate herself. The former was however not so fortunate, missing out on the vhf communication and having her view of the flag signals blocked after the start. Despite her best efforts, the X99 could only muster a 4th place overall, excluded from podium contention. Minx scored 3rd on corrected time, a decent result considering her lack of crew coming into this race. At the top, it was a battle of the Js, with the J24 emerging victorious. Jellico sailed an aggressive race to score a bullet and displaced recent Ambassadors’ Cup Champions, Adona.
Congratulations to all the winners and have a pleasant long weekend everyone!