CSC Lady Helm Race 2024

Every year since 2021, CSC organises the Lady Helm Race, in conjunction with International Women’s Day celebrations in March. This year is no different, as the best CSC Lady Skippers gather for an afternoon of fun in the sun, determining the best lady skippers in the Keelboat and Multihull Categories for 2024.

International Women’s Day 2024 #inspiringinclusion

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Each year, this day serves as a powerful reminder of the progress made towards gender equality and highlights the work that still needs to be done.

In 2024, the campaign theme Inspire Inclusion emphasizes the importance of diversity and empowerment in all aspects of society.

Racing

The latest edition of the Lady Helm Race is represented by 12 very accomplished skippers – most notably the winner of last week’s Commodore’s Cup, PY Class – Lisette Sens returned to compete on RSYC Dua this weekend to contest with a very strong field of 10 lady helms in the Keelboat PY Class. Amongst them include Catamaran and J24 veteran Zaheera Hashim, sailing on Balqis; A “Pink Brigade” on Forever Young consisting of a boat-load of energy and experience; and not forgetting the SMU Sailing alumni on Waka Tere, secret weapons brought to overcome a talented fleet of sailors.

Wind conditions developed from the North-East, but a strong outgoing tide proved challenging for the sailors’ jaunt to Tekong Buoy. Some of the teams succumbed to the notorious Tekong Tango, having to throw in a few more tacks to get to the Mark; while others had their campaign brought to a sudden halt, having risked the shallow depths in the vicinity of Chek Jawa to get grounded. Forever Young and Simba were the 2 victims which lost precious time from the grounding – thankfully managing to dislodge themselves and continue racing with no casualties. Continuing her fine run from the Commodore’s Cup, RSYC Dua completes the race in first place on corrected time, sailing an impressive race and earning her well deserved title as Lady Helm 2024 (Keelboat Class). Waka Tere was a respectable 2nd, with the very experienced Err Zixian at the helm from start to finish. While she is renowned for her skills at the bow, her performance at the helm was certainly impressive as well! She edged out Bound to Please in 3rd place by a mere 13 seconds. The Corbin 29 also registered a very pleasing performance with Pan Mao at the helm – earning their well-deserved place on the podium.

In the Multihull Class, the tradition of having only 2 boats represented in the fleet continues! Defending champions Miss Visayan skippered by Aspiah Huri successfully retained her title as the top lady helm in her class, fending off a strong attempt from Ann at the helm of Dot Dot Dot. Miss V survived the full course and a late surge from Dot Dot Dot, scoring victory across the line in the Multihull Class.

Congratulations to all the winners, we hope you had a very enjoyable and memorable 2024 CSC Lady Helm Race!

Results

Lady Helm Race_2024 Results

 

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