The last club race before our 20th Ambassadors’ Cup took us on a Twilight course in a freshening South-easterly breeze, leaving sailors hopeful for similar conditions for the Club’s premier sailing event on 2nd November. A big turn out of 11 keelboats made for an impressive start line for both the IRC & PY Class, as boats jostled to get the perfect start in the race.
Looking more polished this time, Born in Fire’s 2nd club race with new skipper Thomas Reckefuss sees them closing the gap with experienced rivals Waka Tere. Despite their best efforts, they still fall short by a few minutes, and will be looking to tie up loose ends before the Ambassadors’ Cup weekend.
In the PY Class, Balqis executed the best start of the fleet to secure an advantage on the first beat to Changi Buoy. Alas, missing CSC 1 on the return leg from Squance made them scramble back to round the mark, costing them valuable time and possibly a place on the podium. Helmed by new owner Ad Smit, the other J24 (Bapsy) sailed an excellent race to finish up there with bigger and faster boats such as Birregurra and Southern Light. Their efforts paid off, scoring a bullet on their first race this season. Despite crossing the line first, Birregurra had to settle for 3rd, losing to Southern Light by just over 1 minute on corrected time.
With a total of 18 hulls representing the multihull class yesterday, it was a sight to behold on the start line! Despite being the 2 closest boats to the line when the horn went, Itchy-Go and Miss Visayan were overtaken from the leeward side by the speedy Cicak, whose boat speed off the line was unparalleled in the fleet. It was not all easy sailing for Cicak as she struggled on the return leg from Changi Buoy, and positions shuffled within the fleet. Buay Kaola was the eventual trimaran which bagged line honours, but settled for 2nd place by a mere 45 seconds on handicap to Cicak. An even slimmer margin separated Buay Kaola from 3rd placed Miss Visayan, whose efforts was awarded with a place on the podium.
Rounding off the classes in participation were the only 2 beach catamarans, Kaze Cat and Stray Catz. A straightforward affair between both boats, as the latter struggled with technical issues to effectively hand Kaze Cat an easy win.
Thank you everyone for joining us – no racing next week due to the Deepavali Cruise to Nongsa on Saturday, 26th October. Our Pre-Ambassadors Cup Fundraising Cocktail takes place on Friday, 25th October at the Post Bar, Fullerton Hotel. Join us for a lovely evening networking and catching up with old/new friends all for a good cause. See you there!