4 races over 2 months – we’ve finally come to an epic conclusion for our first Sunday Series of the year! Race Organizers decided to send sailors on a Pennant 8 Course with the prevailing South-Westerlies. A close encounter between IRC boats Shardana and Invictus seconds before the horn went made for an exciting start for the Keelboats.
Going into the final race, Jong Dee were in the driving seat, leading the IRC Class by a comfortable 5 points. However, a blunder with their spinnaker bag and a less-than-ideal start added to their woes – finishing the race with a dismal 5th. Despite their poor result, it was just enough to stay 1 point ahead of Invictus in the Series – claiming the IRC title for Sunday Series I. A 2nd place finish by Red Rum yesterday secured them overall 3rd in the Series. New entrants Shardana, who just arrived during the week in preparation for the upcoming CSC@Besar Regatta gave the fleet a good run for their money, coming in 3rd for yesterday’s race. That coupled with a protest against Invictus at the start kept the rest of the sailors on their toes.
Yesterday’s results were a reflection of the PY standings. Another bullet by Zaheera Hashim’s Balqis made it a clean sheet for them, claiming the PY Class title with 4 points. Arbudhen sailed well to finish in 2nd, ahead of close rivals Minx, securing them the 2nd place finish in the Series. Minx completes the podium by finishing 3rd overall, 6 points adrift. From the results, you can tell attendance is key, as all 3 boats on the podium took part in all races for the Series, building a comfortable buffer over the rest of the fleet.
Despite dropping the wrong sail during the race, Cicak still managed to clinch the bullet yesterday – sealing the overall title in the Cruising Multihull Class. Cicak leapfrogged Witblits and Jaza Too, whose DNCs in yesterday was too punishing for them to maintain their position in the overall standings, settling for 2nd and 3rd instead. A solid performance by Baloo earned them a well-deserved 2nd for the final race of the series, finishing in overall 5th.
Will Waddington returns to sail Persian Cat after testing out her new spinnaker on Saturday. This time finishing with a bullet to secure Persian Cat’s victory in the Overall Series. A close fight between Kaze and the Nacra 15 saw the former emerge 7 seconds faster, breaking the dead-lock and taking 2nd position overall. Uli Braun’s Nacra 15 rounds up the winners in 3rd.
Congratulations to all the winners, see you in July for Sunday Series II!