On the culminating chapter of the CSC Optimist Championships 2024, we were finally graced by impeccable weather! The sun was out, casting a luminous glow on the seawater which added to the positive atmosphere of our sailors. This weather was highly welcomed, especially when juxtaposed with yesterday’s miserable conditions. For all 3 races today, Pennant 1 was flown, signalling a Windward-Leeward course for them all.
Despite the idyllic conditions, many tough obstacles presented themselves to the sailors which made it a challenging day for racing, with one being in the form of robust currents pushing sailors downwind. Furthermore, as we ventured deeper into the afternoon hours, the initially promising winds began to die down. This made it an exceptionally difficult start for race 6, with nearly half the fleet failing to cross the start line within the 4-minute window. As such, this day proved to be a test of the true abilities of the sailors to navigate such conditions.
The overall champion for this regatta is none other than the talented Ethan Chia (121), Lucas Cao Zhihong (149) maintains his position as the first runner-up with 5 points in front of the third placer to spare. Completing the top 3 is Sean Kum Kok Wei (142) who managed to overtake Ethan Lee (4416) for the last podium spot. Our winners for the Female Category and 12 Years & Under Category are Germaine Sim (3177) and Ashlyn Tham (4452), with Ashlyn snagging prizes for all categories! A very well done to these amazing sailors!
For the CSC team, Lyric Li Yuxuan (728) heads the pack with a final 15th place overall. Side-by-side in the rankings are Yong Heng Yi (755) and Charles Kong (716), who have both performed amazingly to secure 20th and 21st overall respectively! Jade Yeh Zi Yu (798) is another CSC representative part of the top 30 with consistent results in all her races. In addition to our top sailors, the rest of the CSC team has also done well the past 2 days!
A big thank you to the Race Committee, Coaches, Parents and Volunteers for your tireless work in ensuring our sailors are always safe. Lastly, thank you to all sailors for giving your best efforts for this championship.
Congratulations to all the winners – we hope to see everyone at the next CSC regatta again!