CSC Commodore’s Cup 2024 (Day 1)

We’re nearing the end of the CSC NE Monsoon Sailing Festival! Fortunately for us, this season’s wind conditions were favourable, and the predicted NE breeze came through over the month of February. The CSC Commodore’s Cup marks the end of the NE Monsoon sailing season, as we celebrate sailing at CSC with 2 days of intense racing across 6 classes. The 2 new classes added this year are the Open Dinghy and Optimist Class – providing an opportunity to recognize our growing youth and dinghy fleet. A total of 52 boats registered for this event, an incredible turn-out!

The IRC Keelboat fleet were represented by 4 very illustrious boats, most recently the winner of the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup – Red Rum One returns to contest against the reigning Singapore Regatta champion, Adona, J24 one-design champion, Jellico and 2023 Tioman Regatta winners, Minx! 3 rounds of rain did little to dampen the mood on water, as these hotshots grinded their way through 3 races to complete Day 1 of the regatta. Sitting on top at the end of Day 1 is the J29, Adona. She scored 2 bullets and a 2nd to go into Day 2 with a 2-point lead over Jellico. the J24 struggled to keep up with the leaders in the passage to North Angler, a course which Red Rum One thrived in. The results showed, as she claimed 2nd on corrected time. After 3 races, the Archambault 40 and Minx are tied on points, and will be pulling out all the stops for the remaining races.

13 boats lined up for the start of the PY Class – the largest keelboat fleet with seen in awhile! Thankfully, boats played it safe on the starts for all 3 races, ending day 1 with no major incidents on water. We are pleased to have 6 visiting boats racing with us, namely: Firstlight, Premier Cru1, Rainbow Dream, Bound to Please, RSYC Dua and RSYC Tiga. THank you for making the effort to join us for the Commodore’s Cup! Of the 6, many did well, as the 2 RSYC J24s Dua and Tiga had a good day out, ending Day 1 in first and second place. Notable mention also for Premier Cru1 – the Bavaria 44 sailed extremely well for the passage race (race 3), scoring her first bullet and completing the day on a positive note. We also welcome Southern Light back from her long break, the Moody 376 sailed well and is tied for 3rd with Birregurra after 3 races. Another commendable boat that should be recognized would be the father and son duo on Remington. Sailing and completing all 3 races 2-up requires tremendous effort – kudos to the S&S 42!

Contesting in the Multihull Class are Kublai Khan (conquerors of last week’s Tri Champs), Miss Visayan, Dot Dot Dot and Sirius Swift. The fleet seemed quite closely matched, but Miss Visayan capitalized on several unforced errors from Scott and his team to secure 2 bullets from 3 races. Kublai Khan ends the day in 2nd place, just 1 point ahead of Dot Dot Dot. We expect a fierce return from Kublai Khan in the remaining 3 races for this series.

Twisted Creature, Balqis II and Bubble Trouble had their stamina pushed to the limits, as the trio of beach catamarans bemoaned the long courses and strong winds. Of the three, the little one emerged on top, as Zaheera and crew on the Nacra 15 scored 2 bullets and a 3rd to complete day 1 with 5 points. Twisted Creature however claimed that last bullet on the passage to North Angler, putting her within spinnaker pole’s reach of Balqis II going into Day 2. Bubble Trouble had some trouble with their spinnaker, but still managed to complete all 3 races available, even placing 2nd on the last race, ending the day with a grin. But the equipment failure and fatigue proved too much for Will and crew, retiring for Day 2.

The 28 dinghies on water had a fantastic day out – and what a great edition they are to the Commodore’s Cup fleet! After 4 grueling races in the prevailing NE Monsoon, John Raphael Lim completes the day on top of the 17-strong Optimist fleet. Podium finishes in all 4 races gave him the edge over 2nd placed Jade Yeh, whose first place finish in Race 4 keeps her in contention for top spot going into Day 2. Mikael Shahrom completes the best 3 performers from Day 1, with a bright spark in Race 3 to finish the day with 10 points and just 1 point adrift. In the Open Division, it was an evenly contested series with Tiago and Caio sharing the honours after 4 races. the ILCA 4 and 6 sailor both have 4 points after 1 discard, and will be looking to defend their position from a very competent dinghy fleet boasting several accomplished dinghy sailors in the mix.

Good luck to all participants for the remaining races for the series!

Results

Commodore’s Cup Results 2024 – Day 1

Optimist Day 1

Overall Results_Open Division 2 March 2024

 

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