for Kaze & Shardana defends the title.
Edwin Low's Dehler 34 Skybird, expertly helmed by Changi Sailing Club Commodore Anthony Lim and GM at Aseania Beach Resort, Jasbeer Singh Khaira bolstering the crew, nailed the start line and led up the first beat. Recovering from a pin end start, Joe Lombardo's Dufour 34 Shardana soon hit the straps and took over the lead, as they approached the Southern turning point and never looked back. James & Hanna Sharpe's Moody 376 Southern Light had good speed with the spinnaker, down the back strait and gained a few places plus closed on the leader. Eventually, the long beat back sorted out the placing's. Lombardo's Shardana went on to claim line and handicap honours, to defend the title in a closely fought battle. By dispatching Low's Skybird on the spinnaker leg, Sharpe's Southern Light held on the upwind leg, to slot into second place and second overall. Low's Skybird with the legends onboard had to settle on third place.
The Multihull duel started from the off and they were never out of hailing distance for the whole race. Having gained a one minute lead on the first windward beat, Damien Geoffray's Corsair Dash 750 Kaze couldn't shake off Tim Hill's Corsair Sprint 750 Cicak around the course. Ironically the winning margin was exactly one minute, as Geoffray's Kaze goes undefeated and claims the overall Multihull title on their first attempt. The family team on Hill's Cicak, helmed by 13 year old Lauren and assisted by 12 year old Sasha, with farther Tim doing the sail trimming and grunt work, must be commended for their efforts and gives them something to brag about, when they return from the school holidays.
In fairness to all concerned, it has been decided to split the IRC and PY competitors into two classes. Three wins for the smallest boat in the fleet, Jonathan Sykes Beneteau Oceanis 32 Olmeto earns them the PY title on their first attempt. Guy Scott's Beneteau Sense 50 Confluence followed suit with second places, as did Alex Koo's Sui Lynn with third places. This decision excludes the IRC yachts from winning both titles and give the smaller boats a chance to win some silverware.
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