The 6th CSC@Besar Regatta’s Passage Race up to Pulau Besar could be renamed “A Series of Unfortunate Events” – as the event ruthlessly takes many casualties in various forms. Starting with an early surrender from the mighty Sangaree, her campaign ended even before the start of the Passage Race – due to a lost propeller on her trip to the start line. This was followed by double trouble for Shardana, who not only survived a scare from her anchor dragging during immigration clearance at Tanjung Pengelih – but also had to tackle an engine issue enroute to Pulau Besar.
Joining Sangaree on the retiree list were Windrose and Defiance, both retiring at different points after the start. Lack of crew and insufficient training were some of the reasons brought up by the defeated – an indication of how the seemingly harmless 90Nm overnight coastal passage can bring misfortune if you are not prepared.
It was not all gloomy for the fleet, As Zanzibar once again breezed to a 3rd consecutive Line Honours, together with victory in the IRC Class. New entrants Rainbow Dream hugged the mainland for most of their passage up north, capitalizing on Shardana‘s woes to take 2nd place after corrected time – a great start for their virgin Besar experience! Amongst all the participants in the PY Class, Minx was the only surviving yacht. Not only did they win, but they sailed superbly – reading the wind and tide conditions well to finish ahead of Rainbow Dream and Shardana from the IRC Class!
With the South-Westerly Monsoon slowly but surely settling in, we are quietly hopeful for some good breeze over the next 3 days of round-island races. Southern Light and Windancer returned from their cruising adventures and arrived earlier this afternoon to join the party, boosting the PY fleet by 2. Looking forward to a week of great sailing 🙂