CSC’s Sunday Series III got off to an exciting start, with a new course, fresh easterly breeze and a strong outgoing tide. Pennant 8 is a variant of the Pennant 5 course, sending sailors up to changi buoy first before making the journey west to Serangoon. This allows for an upwind start in easterly winds, providing variety in our list of courses.
All the Multihulls got off to a good start, except for one. Team Cicak was late for the start, staying too far up wind and down current during the start sequence. Despite the handicap, she managed to claw her way back on to the podium, sneaking ahead of Miss Visayan to steal 3rd place. Ahead of her was Jaza Too and Baloo. Even though the former could not maintain her lead over Baloo, she still managed to take first place on corrected time.
The Beach Catamarans were represented by Stray Catz, Kaze Cat and Bad Influence, making it a 3-way fight for top spot. 3 soon became 2, as Kaze Cat dropped her position due to a capsize. Stray Catz proved the faster of the remaining 2, but loses out on corrected time.
In the PY Class, a total of 8 boats took part. The fleet was split into 2 distinct groups after the start, separated by 2 conflicting weather systems. Sangaree took an early lead, rounding Changi Buoy ahead of the fleet. However superior downwind speed meant that the smaller Sapphire Star was able to keep up with the leader. Despite crossing the line first, Sangaree settles for 2nd place on corrected time, with Sapphire Star taking victory. Brio completes the podium in 3rd.
With Jong Dee under repair and the rest of the IRC boats not taking part for various reasons, Invictus wins the IRC Race by default, but cuts a lonely figure on the course. We hope to see more IRC boats participating in the near future!
Congratulations to all the winners – see you next week for the Twilight Series III Race 1.