Just when we thought the winds have settled into a consistent South-Westerly direction, sailors were greeted with a gusty South-Easterly breeze, putting them through a patchy pennant 4 course.
In the absence of regulars and close rivals Red Rum (away for the RSYC Regatta) and Born in Fire, Jong Dee and Invictus were the only keelboats participating in the IRC Class. The latter underestimated the outgoing tide at the start, crossing the line pre-maturely to give an early lead to Jong Dee. Despite clawing back to claim the lead and eventual line honours, Invictus had to settle for 2nd, struggling to put distance between her and Jong Dee.
The PY Class was hotly contested, with a total of 8 boats participating. False starts from Southern Light, Balqis and Marsh Mellow meant the 3 of them had to play catch-up with the rest of the fleet. Leading the fleet most of the way were Ikaroa and Minx, 2 boats which thrive in stronger winds. With 3 boats hot on her heels, the Ikaroa eventually scored line honours and victory on corrected time, ahead of Minx, Marsh Mellow and Balqis. When the numbers were crunched, Marsh Mellow emerged as 1st runner up, followed by Balqis in 3rd. Minx got the short end of the stick, finishing just out of podium position.
Weta Trimaran, Beach Catamaran and Cruising Multihull Classes had 1, 2 and 3 participants respectively in each class, a lower than average turn out for the multihulls. Tim Jackson’s Itchy-Go continues to fly solo, enjoying the pockets of breeze and lapping up the favourable wind angles. Jeremy Nixon’s Bad Influence won the duel in the Beach Catamaran Class, besting veterans Stray Catz across the finish line and on corrected time. A 100% effort from Eeepai gave them a hard-fought victory in the Cruising Multihull Class, fending off a strong challenge from Cicak.
Congratulations to all the winners, good luck to Red Rum and Invictus at the upcoming RSYC Regatta taking place on 20, 21 & 27 July 2019.