CSC Commodore’s Cup 2021 (Day 2)

Rain! Sailors were treated to an exceptional storm building from a South-westerly direction on Day 2 of racing, chasing the IRC and Multihull Classes towards the finish line on the last leg of the Pulau Ubin Course (Race 5). Race Organisers sent the Beach Catamaran and PY Classes to Tekong Buoy instead, a move which saved the Beach Catamarans from getting caught in the heavy rain and poor visibility. Unfortunately the PY Class got the brunt of it, with nearly half the fleet eventually retiring. Scores were kept very close in 3 out of 4 classes, as the podium contenders’ positions get reshuffled after each race.

In the IRC Class, Day 1 leader Adona held on to her lead by the slimmest of margins – surviving an onslaught of good performances from Waka Tere and Born in Fire. Two 3rd place finishes in race 4 and 5 just managed to keep her ahead of 2020 winner Waka Tere by 1 point to secure her victory and IRC Challenge Trophy with a final tally of 6 points. Born in Fire‘s win in Race 4 coupled with runner-up position in the Round Ubin Race earned her the remaining place on the podium on 9 points.

The PY Class was closely contested all the way till the last race, with only a single point separating the podium finishers. Consistency certainly played a big part in Ikaroa‘s successful capture of the Keelboat PY Challenge Trophy, scoring her best performance of a 2nd in race 2 and three 4th place finishes to complete the series on 14 points. Despite retiring in the last race, her efforts were just enough to defend against close rivals and runner-ups, Sapphire Star. Skipper Simon Connor was left lamenting what could have been, considering they lost to Ikaroa in Race 4 by a mere 8 seconds – a result if switched around would have given Sapphire Star the 2021 PY Title. A 10th in Race 4 and retirement in Race 5 saw Day 1 leader Simba slip from 1st to 3rd, breaking the tie with Balqis using her 2 bullets from Races 1 & 3.

A strong finish from Buay Kaola in Race 5 earned the Corsair 970 her only bullet for the series, a sweet end to an exciting weekend. She placed 2nd behind a near-flawless performance from Jaza Too, who succeeds Witblits as the latest Multihull Commodore’s Cup Champion! Great effort and result from Tri Harder, despite a retirement in Races 3 and 5 coupled with being relatively new to the racing , she completed the podium in 3rd overall.

Experience triumphed youth in the Beach Catamaran Class, as Scott McCook’s Nacra 5.8 pipped defending champions Madfish II by a point to claim the Beach Catamaran Title on 5 points after a thrilling 5 races. Nigel Signal’s win in Race 4 threw a spanner into the mix, together with a runner-up finish in Race 5 secured Stray Catz a podium placing on 9 points. After a great first-time outing at the Catamaran Nationals, we are pleased to see the Nacra 5.0 returning for more racing; and placing 4th in a fleet of 7th is definitely an encouraging result.

Congratulations to all the winners, and big thank you to Commodore Deborah Barker for signaling the start of the first Race on Sunday. Additionally, she had also generously sponsored 4 bottles of Prosecco for the winners in each class – news which was without doubt positively received by the skippers and crew.

Thank you all 28 boats for participating in another memorable edition of the Commodore’s Cup – we look forward to welcoming everyone back for the grand finale of the CSC Sailing Festival on 20/21 March 2021 – where we conclude 3 months of solid racing in the prevailing NE Monsoon with the SailFest Regatta.

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CSC Commodore’s Cup 2021 (Day 1)

Traditionally held on the first week of March, the Commodore’s Cup is Changi Sailing Club’s most prestigious and competitive regatta, gathering the Club’s best Keelboat, Multihull and Beach Catamaran Sailors for 2 days of intense racing in the prevailing North-East Monsoon. After last weekend’s poor wind conditions at the CSC Laser & 29er Open, the steady 8-10 knot NE breeze that greeted sailors on Saturday morning came as a pleasant surprise to some who had assumed the monsoon was slowly waning.

The IRC class has recently increased in numbers – with Minx and Adona joining the fray. With Jong Dee still down and out for maintenance, the fleet totaled 5 in participation, as defending champions Waka Tere face stiff competition in the form of Born in Fire and Red Rum One together with the 2 new entrants. After 3 races, the smallest boat in the fleet made the biggest gains. Little J24 Adona sailed superbly to her handicap, holding her own amongst bigger and faster rivals. She secured 3 bullets from 3 races, putting her in the driving seat going into Day 2. Having won all of the events thus far in the 2021 CSC Sailing Festival, Waka Tere has her work cut out for her should she wish to continue her win streak for this season. Currently 3 points behind Adona, the Nelson 10 will be bringing her A-game for the remaining 3 races. Lets also not write off the rest of the fleet, as Red Rum One, Born in Fire and Minx all have experienced sailors skippering/crewing onboard.

Having 12 boats on the start line made it extra tricky for the sailors in the PY Class, having to time their starts and position themselves on the favoured end while avoiding the rest of the fleet. As Day 1 unraveled, we see exciting pre and post start maneuvers, one of which being a port starboard encounter between David (Marut) and Goliath (Remington). Marut‘s early starboard warning was only responded to by Remington in the final seconds, having to tack to avoid collision. Both boats were sailing only with 2-up, an immense challenge considering the strengthening winds over the course of the day. Simba emerged top of the fleet after 3 races, amassing 6 points to lead 2nd placed Ikaroa by 4 points. Ikaroa is only a slim 1 point ahead of Sapphire Star, who in turn leads the chasing pack of Shardana, Balqis, Sangaree, Millenium II and Olmeto who each have a bad race and are all looking forward to the activation of a discard from race 5 onwards to reshuffle the positions.

It seemed like a battle of attrition in the Multihull Class, as the fleet was reduced to one boat by the start of Race 3. Jaza Too was the lone survivor, as her 3 rivals faced various issues at different times during the day resulting in their respective retirements. With only Kaze unable to race due to a dismasting, we hope to see the rest of the fleet back in action for the remaining races.

After 3 races we see 2 main contenders at the top of the beach catamaran fleet. Defending champions Madfish II face stiff competition from stalwart Scott McCook on his Nacra 5.8. Despite holding a 4 point lead at the end of Day 1, Madfish II will be in trouble if she does not elevate her game in Day 2 – as the Nacra 5.8 has 2 bullets from races 2 and 3, coupled with a discard in hand.

Lets hope for another day of great weather going into Day 2 of the Regatta! We look forward to having CSC Commodore Deborah Barker commencing the start of the first race of the day – good luck and fair winds to all competitors.

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CSC Commodore’s Cup Day 2

Light winds and strong currents greeted sailors for Day 2 of the Commodore’s Cup, keeping the team tacticians on their toes as they navigate the challenging conditions along the East Johor Straits. The strengthening outgoing tide swayed the Race Committee to put on a pennant 3 course for the first race of the day, sending them on a short upwind leg to Changi Buoy before embarking on a long downwind up-current to Serangoon Buoy.

With the winds dropping to below 5 knots and uncertain rain clouds looming in the horizon, the 5th and final race of the regatta was competed on a small but technical course in the form of pennant 1. A close encounter in the PY class saw 2019 champions Balqis making a bold move to cut in between fierce rivals Adona and the leeward mark, which were already well within the 3 hull-length zone described in Rule 18.2 (b). Having realized the rule infringement, Team Balqis graciously retired from that race.

Day 1 PY leaders New Blue Eyes continued her fine form to score a bullet in Race 4 and a 4th in Race 5 to seal her win – earning them the 2020 PY Class Challenge Trophy. Adona‘s first Commodore’s Cup campaign ended with an admirable 2nd place finish just 3 points behind, we look forward to seeing her in action for future races. Shardana completed the podium in 3rd, scoring her second bullet in Race 5 to just edge out Balqis with a tie-breaker on number of firsts obtained for the series.

Waka Tere navigated the challenging conditions to score an emphatic and clinical victory in the IRC Class, sweeping all races available to retain the Commodore’s Cup Challenge Trophy for 2020. Born in Fire was the best of the rest, despite grounding on Day 1 and missing out on the time limit for Race 4 – she manages to finish as first runner-up with 9 points. It was a close fight for 3rd, as Red Rum One fended off a late surge of good performances from Invictus to claim 2nd runner-up just 2 points ahead.

Another close contest developed in the Multihull Class, as leaders Witblits and pursuers Ding Hao sailed hard for the remaining 2 races to determine the winner for this regatta. 2020 Trimaran Championships winner and favourites Ding Hao always knew it was going to be an uphill task to maintain a sufficient lead on the fleet to score her victory in each race. Despite a superb effort by Ding Hao to beat Witblits by 8 seconds on corrected time, Cicak sneaked in a win for Race 5, earning them a total of 9 points and a place on the podium. Her victory resulted in a tie-breaker for Witblits and Ding Hao, with the former holding on to top spot by a hair’s breadth – breaking the tie with one more bullet than the other.

In the Beach Catamaran Class, Stray Catz was over zealous on the start line – scoring an OCS for Race 4. Madfish II and Bad Influence scored a win each to complete the regatta in first and second respectively – with Madfish II successfully defending her title this year.

Thank you everyone for participating over the weekend, 27 boats over 4 classes is an amazing turn out! Special thanks to our visiting friends Rainbow Dream & Millenium II for joining us for the Regatta, we look forward to your support in the remaining 2 events (East Johor Straits Race & Sailfest Regatta) of our Sailing Festival.

Despite the difficult conditions, we are glad to have hosted yet another successful edition of the CSC Commodore’s Cup!

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