The annual CSC Optimist Championship begins again with the Silver Fleet, with 84 participants this year eager to give it their all. From experienced sailors to novice national competitors, the Silver Fleet promises a dynamic showcase of skill and unbridled enthusiasm from our sailors to compete and have fun.
The day began with poor wind conditions – boats drifted gently in serene waters, and race officials and sailors alike were waiting for any sign of the wind to show itself. However, just as the sailors were growing impatient with the wind’s no-show, a sudden shift in the weather unveiled a different narrative. Dark clouds rolled in like an ominous prelude, and this was quickly accompanied by a torrential downpour that necessitated the sailors to be towed back to shore.
Alas, when the rain lifted and the clouds dispersed, a fresh breeze swept across the sea, invigorating our sailors for 2 rounds of racing. The first race began with a clean start and strong winds, and most boats could make progress throughout the entire race course. However, currents had picked up by the second race, and this caused several to struggle to make their way around Mark 1. Despite the bleak start to today, the day rounded off with some exciting racing which proved to be satisfactory for our sailors. At the top of CSC’s fleet is Judy (33), her strong experience placing herself in an impressive 2nd position overall just behind Lucas (3355). She is followed by Charlene (766), Kai Yen (758), and Sayawaki-Kogut (710) who have slotted themselves in 10th, 11th and 14th respectively in a tight race between them.
Though Day 1’s weather was certainly wet and chilly, it clearly did not drench the spirits of our sailors. Well done to all competitors for their resilience, and good luck for the rest of the championship!