The insistent rain over the past week carried over to the weekend, as dark clouds loomed dramatically over CSC, threatening to give participants of the Sunday Series III Race 4 a cold shower. It did not pour, but thankfully an eastern breeze filled in, providing a decent upwind leg to Changi Buoy right after the start. As the afternoon developed, the winds swung to a southerly direction, bringing the fleet into a parade on a reach for the remainder of the race.
Undoubtedly the fastest boat on water, the Nacra 16 Square once again took line honours, making it 3 wins from 3 races in the Beach Catamaran Class. Thank you Scott, for continuing to keep the beach catamaran fleet purring through the series.
The Multihulls were a healthy number of 4, with the usual suspects all in attendance. Despite an OCS at the start, Bula showed us why she is a serious contender – coming from behind to overtake her three rivals in clinical fashion and stealing a victory from Miss Visayan. Completing the podium is a boat that is hard to miss, with eye-catching decals adorning her hulls. Dot Dot Dot defended her position well to secure 3rd just ahead of Ragnarok.
In the Keelboat PY Class, we witnessed another episode of David vs Goliath – Brio and Remington take on each other in a short-course battle on the East Johor Straits. The latter finished a comfortable 6 minutes ahead of Brio, a sufficient gap to claim a bullet in Race 4 on corrected time. The sonar settled for 2nd, clearly enjoying the advantages of having a lighter and more nimble boat in the shifty winds. She placed ahead of Birregurra, whose Hanse 415 struggled to get into her groove in yesterday’s challenging conditions. A late start costed the team on Jock, playing catch up after starting 21 minutes behind proved too much for them to recover from.
A clash of champions – AC23 winner Adona, J24 one-design winner Jellico, Tioman Regatta winner Minx and AC22 winner Born in Fire all participated in the IRC Class. The most grounded of these established teams should be Born in Fire, as skipper Thomas may have taken the term too literally. The X99 was unfortunate to have her race stalled for awhile, as the team scrambled to refloat the boat. Despite the humbling experience, the delay was not enough to kick her off the podium, securing a 3rd place on corrected time. She was bested by the 2 Js, of which the larger one was dominant throughout. Adona clinched victory with ease – making accurate calls and exhibiting good boat speed on the course.
Congratulations to all the winners! Having completed the penultimate Sunday Series Race for 2023, we’re excited to invite everyone back on 10th December to join us for the Grand Finale. We will conclude Series III and the Series leaderboard for 2023 then – see you in 2 weeks!
Series III Results 27 Nov
Sunday Series Leaderboard 2023 (updated 27 Nov)