Improved air quality made for a better sailing experience, as sailors were treated to a haze-free afternoon of racing. The Sunday Series allows the use of spinnakers, therefore attracting more experienced sailors to take part as well. Race 5 of our Sunday Series II sees a total of 15 boats participating over 5 classes.
Greeted with a strengthening outgoing tide and a shifty southerly breeze, race organizers decided on a pennant 5 course, taking sailors on a journey to Serangoon and back. In the absence of staunch Club racing supporter Itchy-Go, Jonathan Hardy’s Tantrum flew the flag high for the Weta Class, zipping up and down the course. She joins the 2 beach catamarans as the only dinghy multihulls in participation. Back after a long break, Madfish II nearly missed the start, scrambling off the beach as the warning signal went. She recovered to take an early lead and eventual victory over Bad Influence (sporting new sails!). Race 5 results did not do much to the overall standings, as Itchy-Go claims victory in the Series for the Weta Class and Bad Influence takes 1st place 5 points ahead of Madfish II.
In the Cruising Multihull Class, 5 closely matched boats challenge for the top spot, and Miss Visayan was the biggest winner, sailing well to claim line honours and 2nd on corrected time! Witblits did 1 better than her Twilight performance, scoring a bullet after handicap. Cicak struggled to emulate their performance on Saturday, only managing to squeeze out a 3rd. Despite that, she did just enough to win the overall Series II 2 points ahead of Witblits. It was even closer between 2nd and 3rd as both Witblits and Miss Visayan were tied on points after 5 races – resulting in the former winning the tie-breaker with more bullets notched.
Another exciting episode of PY fleet racing took place on Sunday, with the introduction of occasional racer Sapphire Star thrown into the mix. A careless and costly mistake of not reading the Sailing Instructions properly resulted in a squandered race for Simon and crew. Despite the error, it was great to see Sapphire Star‘s symmetric spinnaker in action, a rare sight for most of us! Sailing a good race to cross the finish line in 2nd place, Marsh Mellow claimed victory on corrected time, 2 minutes and 8 seconds ahead of Olmeto. 2nd, 3rd and 4th were separated by less than a minute after handicap, making it a really close race for the podium. Remington only just edged out Southern Light by 6 seconds to complete the podium winners. In the overall standings, Ikaroa topped a fleet of 14 boats after 5 races, discarding her DNC for a total of 7 points. She completed the Sunday Series II without having to race in Race 5, finishing a comfortable 5 points ahead of close rivals Minx, whose performance in race 5 was sufficient to secure 2nd overall just 2 points ahead of Southern Light.
Red Rum continues her lonely crusade in the IRC Class, patiently waiting for the return of regular IRC racers Jong Dee, Invictus, Born in Fire, Waka Tere, Simba and Shardana. She misses her playmates, and hopes to be able to meet some of these boats in the next Series (III)!
Thank you all for participating in the final race of the Sunday Series II. We now take 1 week off club racing, and will return to Series III on 29th September.