Our Monthly Dinghy Race for October has slowly grown in popularity, with the most recent one for October seeing a total of 23 boats participating! With winds blowing a consistent 14-16 knots, we were proud to note that none of the Optimist fleet participants capsized – a clear indication that everyone on the course were competent even in the heavier airs.
After 4 races, gold fleet sailors and fierce rivals Ikuto and Cheryl shared victories, with the latter taking the first bullet and Ikuto completing a hat-trick of wins in races 2 to 4. Despite the windy conditions, it was impressive to see the smaller sailors holding their own and completing the races without breaking a sweat. Newcomer Tiago, an experienced and passionate sailor who hails from Hong Kong is slowly closing in on the top few sailors, his aggressive nature a welcome trait on the start line – keeping everyone on their toes. He finished a very credible 5th. We look forward to seeing these bright sailors returning to compete in the final monthly dinghy race for 2020 in November.
In the open division, former national sailor Alyssa shook off the rust and showed the fleet that she still has what it takes to win! She takes 3 bullets out of 4 on a Topper, beating the Laser sailors in the process. Fitness plays a big part in sailing the Laser Radials well in heavy air – with Liam (2nd overall) & Vince (3rd overall) struggling to keep the boat flat in the gusty winds coupled with frequent chops. It was David Rayner’s second monthly dinghy race, and he is coming really close to joining the front runners on the podium! Probably one of the oldest sailors in the fleet, his 4th place finish was commendable, and he is certainly eager to improve for the next MDR.
Congratulations to all the winners – it was great to see all kinds of boats in the open division! We’re excited for the last MDR for 2020, hopefully by then we will get a North-Easterly treat for the sailors.