Day 2 of the Championships saw the winds develop from the south, resulting in shifty and gustier conditions. Apart from the weather, sailors also had to keep their senses peeled for incoming and outgoing vessels crossing the course, with one causing a short delay for the first race of the day.
In the PY Class, Remington continue their winning form, scoring bullets in all 3 races available on Day 2 to complete the weekend with a total of 5 points. Birregurra performed better to close the gap with Nevis, but fell just short and lost on tie-breaker. The Catalina 22 suffered 2 retirements and a lost winch handle on Day 2, yet miraculously managed to still retain 2nd place overall. She has her bullet from Day 1 to thank, breaking the tie between her and Birregurra.
Waka Tere completed the series with a clean sheet, placing ahead for all 6 races both across the line and on corrected time. She now takes over from 2022 winner Born in Fire as reigning champion for the IRC Class, a superb effort from the team. Despite playing second fiddle, the team on the X99 were all smiles, and we are just glad to have her back racing with us after their long hiatus. Silhouette took part last year as the lone PY boat, but returns this year to concentrate her efforts in the IRC Class. Great to see the team slowly coming together and pushing the Beneteau First 40.7 to her limits.
Entering Day 2 with just a 1 point lead, Notus survived a tremendous effort from SMUMad to claw their way back on top, scoring a bullet in the last race to tie on points and emerge victorious on tie-breaker. It was also encouraging and commendable to see SMUve overcome adversity and the team’s relative inexperience – improving their performance with every race. She completes the regatta in 3rd.
The biggest fleet for the regatta is undoubtedly the J24 Class, and sitting confidently at the top of the table is Jellico. Starting Day 2 with 3 points, she finishes the regatta with 3 more bullets for a perfect scoreline and a successful defense of her title J24 title. She however faced a healthy challenge and renewed vigour from Shengli, SMU Sailing Club’s top J24 contender. Having taken the lead at several points throughout the series, Skipper Abigail Wee is no stranger to being ahead. However, she struggles with her technical maneuvers, and loses some advantage around the cans. Nevertheless, two 2nd place finishes in Races 5 and 6 ends her team’s campaign on a good note, placing 3rd overall. She trails veterans Balqis, who despite a lacklustre performance on Day 2 manages to complete the series comfortably in 2nd.
Thank you everyone for participating in this wonderful series of windward-leeward racing – great to see the return of SMU Sailing Club in the local racing scene and strong support from our friends at Republic of Singapore Yacht Club. Congratulations to all the winners, we look forward to next year’s edition!