13 April 2019
As we begin to see the change in the monsoon winds, conditions become fluky and unpredictable. Right from the early hours of the day, the wind did not appear as predicted by the various online apps.
But very fortunate for us, though light, the wind crept in from the easterly direction as boats were being readied for the 4 pm start. With the incoming tide and the shifty wind direction, the choice of the RED course was called.
A poor turnout in the multihull class saw the Trimaran, the beach cat and the Weta represented by only one boat each. Tim Hill in Cicak, Tim Jackson in Itchy-Go and Chris Waddington in Persian Cat; thank you guys for keeping the flag flying. In true sportsmanship they went round the course with the clock as their only competitor.
As the race progressed, the wind freshened to approximately 8 knots and came in from the easterly direction. The smaller boats could be seen being knocked over by the occasional gust.
The number three seemed to have plagued the IRC class; only Jong Dee, Waka Tere and Born in Fire were at the start. Paul Kendall in Jong Dee sailed very well to the conditions and kept the lead throughout the race. However, Kurt in Waka, trailed not too far behind keeping within the time margin and took the first place off Paul’s hands by a very narrow 2-seconds after corrected time. The fire wasn’t burning too brightly for Pascal in BIF as she seemed to have trouble trying to keep up with the other two. We hope to see the return of Shardana, Red Rum and Invictus for the coming IRC races; maybe even Skybird???
Great support in the PY category; 8 boats made it to the start and as usual the tussle for a good start was on everyone’s mind. John Boers in Sangaree short off the line in good speed and position and led the PYers all throughout the race. As the winds became more stable, blowing easterly, the stretch from Squance to Changi turned into a long windward leg. With an almost ideal Twilight condition, John Boers in Sangaree took line in the PY class and also finishing first after corrected time. A well sailed Boreas helmed by Pepe Yabe came in second and Kevin Harris sailed Temptress of Down to the third spot.
Welcome back Choy as he had just completed his two week reserve training in the army, back to you!!