CSC Sunday Series II 2024 (Race 1)

After an extended break in May-June (apart from those who had fun racing with us in Tioman!), sailors were treated to all sorts of weather conditions on the first race of the Sunday Series II, keeping the tacticians on their toes. The promised southwest monsoon winds did not deliver until mid afternoon, with the start being delayed for 30 minutes in hopes of better conditions. 2 conflicting weather systems eventually brought some wind with them, and the delayed start meant that the 14 participating boats had to start in significantly stronger currents. With the uncertain outlook, organisers played it safe, opting to deploy a pennant 1 flag for all classes – taking participants to Changi Buoy and back.

The Multihull class was represented by 4 corsairs on the course, as the regular fleet welcome back old hand Damien Geoffray at the helm of Kaze. Having gone many months without racing in our waters, the french skipper had to shake off the rust before settling into a comfortable groove. Despite displaying good boat speed, touching both CSC 1 and Changi Buoy in the process and not taking her penalty in the proper manner proved costly for Kaze, eventually choosing to retire for the race. As a result, Bula and Miss Visayan who were just seconds behind, claimed 1st and 2nd respectively. Dot Dot Dot also claimed her spot on the podium, completing the winners’ list in 3rd.

In the PY Class, Waka Tere drew first blood, taking an early lead after the start to claim both line honours and victory on corrected time. The performance bodes well for her upcoming participation at the RSYC Regatta. The strong current and light airs did not do the big boats any favours, as Birregurra and Remington struggled to maintain their respective positions in the fleet. The former however managed to emerge mostly unscathed, scoring a 2nd place finish on handicap. The Hanse 415 successfully kept the nippy Sonar at bay, as Brio was acknowledged as the best of the rest, securing the remaining position on the podium.

With their recently renewed certificates, the IRC fleet exuded a refreshed enthusiasm, totaling 5 boats in attendance. The usual suspects have returned to vie for top spot, with only Jellico and Born in Fire missing in action. A perfect start was not enough to secure Jong Dee a spot on the podium, as the J35 was left puzzled by the tricky conditions on the course. She was not the only victim – I am sure many sailors found the shifty and patchy conditions quite challenging. The other J in the fleet had better fortunes, as Adona produced impressive boat speeds for parts of the course – giving her an edge on the fleet and keeping close to leaders Red Rum One. When the numbers were tallied, Adona earned her first bullet for the series, and Red Rum One had to settle for third, with another commendable performance by Team Minx securing the X342 second place on corrected time.

Congratulations to all winners – see you all on Saturday for the first race of Twilight Series II (hopefully in more inspiring weather).


Race 1_Sunday Series II 2024 Results


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