CSC Keelboat One-Design Championships 2024 (Day 1)

The time has come for boats in the J24 and Platu Classes to compete in the CSC Keelboat One-Design Championships 2024! This year’s event draws teams from the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club (RSYC), Singapore Management University Sailing Club (SMUSC), and Nanyang Technological University Sailing Club (NTUSC). With a total of 11 boats poised at the starting line, this year’s competition promises to be compact but fiery, showcasing the talents of many skilled sailors.

The nearly complete absence of wind proved to be the most formidable challenge of the day. As the hours passed, sails hung limp, and progress was painstakingly slow. Nonetheless, a heavy shower which drenched our sailors in Race 1 added some drama to an otherwise unimaginative day. By Race 2, the wind had died down again which called for a shortening of the race course. Despite these challenges, the race committee successfully squeezed in two races for today, and we look forward to more optimal conditions tomorrow.

In the J24 Class, defending champions Jellico set out to retain their title, and they are certainly on the right track to do so. Despite the tricky conditions, Jellico managed to secure bullets in both races, proving they remain a formidable force on the water. RSYC Tiga and Balqis also delivered strong performances, consistently challenging each other and keeping the competition tight. Unfortunately for Jock, a broken tiller forced an early retirement in Race 1. We hope tomorrow brings a more eventful and favourable day of racing for them! Looking ahead, we anticipate the remaining races to present more opportunities for the J24 fleet to engage in close racing and bring a shake-up in the rankings.

Leading the charge in the Platu Class, SMUMad continued their dominance early on, securing a commanding first-place finish in both races. Their consistent performance and significant lead over the rest of the fleet reaffirm their status as formidable contenders. Meanwhile, Boreas, despite showing strong potential, made the mistake of crossing the start line too early in Race 2, costing them some valuable time to catch up to SMUMad. Rounding off the top 3 is Notus, who demonstrated great resilience in improving from their first race. Last but not least, SMUve were just shy of completing their last race, coming within two boat lengths of the finish just when the finishing window closed! While the poor wind conditions spoilt a little of the fun, all boats in the Platu fleet still made a commendable effort to navigate today’s circumstances.

As we move into the last day of the One-Design Championships, all teams are surely determined to make tomorrow count. Jellico and SMUMad will aim to consolidate their leads in their respective Classes, while the rest of the keelboats are focused on climbing up the ranks. Good luck to all teams for the remaining races!

Results

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