CSC Optimist Championship Gold Fleet (Day 1)

The 2023 CSC Optimist Championships resumes this week with the Gold Fleet! A total of 73 boats are registered for the regatta, ready to compete in the open waters near Chek Jawa.
Almost immediately, the race committee encountered a formidable obstacle. The fleet had to restart not once, not twice, but three times as the wind’s inconsistency played havoc with the predetermined course. Furthermore, in an unfortunate turn of events, the race had to be abandoned amid initial optimism. Although the wind finally seemed promising, the sudden loss of its vigour combined with the unyielding current rendered the boats virtually stationary and unable to make headway toward Mark 1. As a result, this forced sailors to return to the start line in preparation for the next race.
Compounding the challenge, the wind persistently shifted North-West, creating a logistical nightmare for the race officials attempting to set a course that would be fair for all. As sailors waited it out by plunging into the waters for some brief fun, everyone eventually had to settle for a shortened course sailed in extremely light winds. Although 12 boats failed to complete the race within the finishing window and conditions were lackluster to satisfy everyone’s desire for competitive racing, this was the best outcome possible for the weather’s poor showing.
Navigating today’s light winds superbly are Sean Kum Kok Wei (142), Ethan Chia Han Wei (121) and Nia Zahedi (4670) who have placed themselves in the top 3. Among CSC sailors, Cheryl Yong Heng Xi (744) is at the front of the pack, finishing at a remarkable 6th place! Charles Kong (716) has also made the most out of the unfavourable conditions by finishing 31st. Other CSC sailors who are in the top 55 are John Raphael Lim (788), Yong Heng Yi (755), Pitsilis Amandine Zoe (702), Cecilia Kong (715), Kate Yeh Zi Ning (797) and Misa Lim (744). A very well done to all our sailors for their commendable performance!
Despite the fact that the first day of the Gold Fleet Championships definitely did not unfold as planned, we shall hope for a better outcome in the next 3 days. Continue to press on everyone!


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