Entrants were down from 37 last year to 30 this year which made Race Officer Simon James job difficult in allocating boats to classes , with one only having 2 competitors of completely different sizes , most had 4 boats and clearly the option of IRC or local handicap will have to be resolved if racing as opposed to prize allocation is to be enjoyed .With heavy rain and low cloud on the days preceding the regatta the omens were not good and the practice race on Monday afternoon was held in desperately light conditions. Tuesday and Wednesday were better with light to moderate winds and racing in the sound. Thursdays racing was cancelled without the boats going out . Friday s racing was held on the east coast courses and after a fresh breeze died to the usual light conditions Race Officer Simon James did well to get 2 races in for most classes. With minimal breeze one race in light condition was squeezed in on the Saturday. If the Wind Guru does not cooperate there is little the organizers can do but it is disappointing when there is a shortage of wind and sadly this tends to affect participants. Opinion on the revised Yacht Club were mixed , many missing the intimacy of the old Charlies Bar, but universally the new restaurants like Jakes Steak House and Scarborough Fish and Chip shop were welcomed. Mangoes was as good as ever….
PSC were well represented at the regatta, John Kara /Tricia Especkemans Beneteau 45 Insanity in IRC 1 where they had to compete with sailed and competitive Mata Hari bumped up to IRC class 2 s delight, the other boats were not of the same standard a well sailed Insanity with her sailmaker aboard as well as an imported Singapore bowman showing improved form for second overall . Jeremy Camps Old Pulteney Fine Single Malt sponsored Blue Angel had good racing with the restored and well sailed X3/4 tonner Phoenix ( once Martin Axe’s Serang) winning for the 3 rd or 4 th time. Blue Angels best was to get within 20 seconds on corrected time which in the chop of the East Coast courses was creditable , assisted by sailing with her regular crew including Eddy (port) ) and Nor ( starboard ). The third competitive boat in the class was the Farr 36 Farrgo Ladies all girl crew . This sailed under Papua New Guinea presumably being registered there, ironically Jeremy Camps is a member of the Royal Papua Yacht Club. Blue Angel scored all seconds except in one race for second overall
Pride of place however must go to Rama ‘s Dehler 38 VG Off shore which won the Cruiser Class and was rewarded with a magnificent trophy. Rama who apparently did get his handicap amended beat off the challenge from his usual nemesis Lady Bubbly who in the end could only manage 3 rd place . Rama was aided by the Rahim Brothers lzham and Amir probably the best Malaysian sailors of their generation . This shows that sailed well the boat is competitive and Rama plans to get a IRC handicap which PSC is keen to encourage .
Honourable mention should be given to the Ethegene 26 Freedom 12 sailed by Fabien Fernandez who although not yet a paid up member is a welcome participant in PSC racing , They finished 1 st out of 2 in the cruiser class and would have had more fun mixing it in the the IRC boats where Freedom then known as Jandi was competitive. RSYC had entered a Platu sailed up by Tom /Shafiq and gang who finally succeeded in a well deserved victory in numerically the largest class entry.
Possible highlight of the week was the Duck PSC party , with Amirs usual delicious sate as the gastronomic highlight , this was graced by HRH Tunku Soroya Rear Commodore of RLYC and her husband, their story of growing wine in Chile was very interesting . Amir was accompanied by PSC founder member and fellow Duck owner Andrew Chan from Hongkong and the designer / builder of the Ducks Bill Kimley a sprightly 80 year old American.
In spite of some large Racing Class crews the PSC group was well represented at the bar and a good time was had by all, no breakages either!!
So now it’s back to the reality of PSC Club Racing, Race officer Malcolm before his recent operation and Sailing Sec Jeremy have put together a program of harbour races and longer ones (2+!) ,but really its what skippers want . What is for certain is that we have great piece of water to sail on and usually
reasonable breezes. Jeremy s Squibs will be launched soon , the main problem is finding someone to manage them , there is enough interest in sailing them