Sunday Series I 2024 (Race 1)

Our fortnightly Sunday Series racing resumed on 17 March, thankfully with a continued NE breeze greeting the sailors. A total of 12 boats were present on the start line, an unsurprisingly modest number for the first race of the season. We did however have 2 returning boats: Jong Dee and Born in Fire from the IRC Class. Both boats provided a much needed boost for their class, which is struggling with regular attendance. While an incoming tide helped the fleet at Tekong Buoy, it was not all smooth sailing for some, as an element of difficulty was added when sailors discovered a surprise crab pot in the vicinity of Tekong Buoy.

Jellico was caught on camera just clearing this obstacle on the mark rounding. Despite their near-miss, the team aboard the J24 handled the course well, cruising to a comfortable victory in the IRC Class. Returning veterans Jong Dee and Born in Fire placed 2nd and 3rd respectively – a great result all round. Having missed podium position by a minute, Skipper Lucas on Minx credited the sub-par results to 2 major equipment malfunction – losing valuable time on the course as a result.

In the PY Class, the 14-16 knots of winds were perfect for the unstoppable Birregurra, blitzing through the course in good time. She placed nearly 10 minutes ahead of Waka Tere on corrected time, establishing a really comfortable lead. Rounding up the podium winners would be Remington – whose skipper lamented about the Race Committee’s decision to Race on Course 4 every weekend. Despite their protests, the S&S 42 sailed very well on every leg, and looked completely in her element on water.

Representing the Multihull and Beach Catamaran Classes are Miss Visayan, Addiction and Bubble Trouble. V is for Victory! – Gary and team made light work of the course, and kept the Multihull flag flying high while the rest of the fleet are away. In the beach catamaran class, Addiction sailed to an easy win while having a 3rd sailor onboard. Theodore, who is an occasional feature on the Viper, is also an accomplished Optimist sailor. Together with skipper Jeremy and Daniel, the trio were a purrr-fect combination in the prevailing winds. Bubble Trouble tried their best to cause trouble, but ultimately had to settle for second.

Congratulations to all the winners, see you next week for the Twilight Race.

Results

Race 1_Sunday Series I 2024 Results

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