Happy New Year to all!
We welcome the year of the dragon with a fresh dose of rain, washing away any doubts or regrets one may have lingering from 2023. The usual suspects came to play on Monday, together with a few new additions. 2 birds and an Addiction increased the fleet to 8 on the start line. However the intensifying rain and poor visibility meant that AP Flag had to be displayed, as Race Organisers contemplate the next steps.
The long wait resulted in 1 casualty, as the lone dinghy sailor decided to de-rig and retreat to the safety of the bar. Racing resumed at 3pm – taking the remaining 6 boats on a short course between Changi Buoy and CSC 1. Remington got careless on the start line, resulting in a prolonged contact with the buoy. The delay at the start line may have eventually reduced her chances for winning in the PY category, as Eagle had made significant gains from a clean start. Despite being overtaken by Waka Tere, the Eyghteen 24 had performed well enough to claim victory by about 30 seconds on corrected time, in addition to making it within the time-limit of 2 hours.
In the Multihull Class, Mike Flecker once again impressed the fleet with his solo effort aboard Bula, claiming top spot ahead of Phoenix and Dot Dot Dot to make it 2 consecutive wins over the new year. (With the help of some paddling and sculling) Addiction once again made it to the start line with nothing to spare, starting the race late and completing the race ahead of everyone while representing the beach catamaran class. The veteran Viper intends to participate regularly this NE Monsoon season – we hope she will be joined by the rest of the resident catamaran fleet.
Thank you all for racing with us on the first day of 2024 – see you this Sunday for the Lock Hong Kit Round Ubin Challenge!