RFBYC hosted the annual Dinghy race series – the International Classes Regatta on 1 & 2 December. This year’s regatta was the biggest ICR in recent years with over 168 entries and 209 competitors descending on the Dinghy Club lawn for the two-day event.
The racing was conducted on two courses in Freshwater Bay with John Taylor and his start team in charge of the Mirror, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial, Laser Standard, 420’s, Contender, Flying Fifteen, 29er, 49er, 505 and Moth fleets on Course One. Over the two days of racing a total of 98 boats competed in 60 start sequences a fantastic effort by John and his team!
On Course Two, Geoff Brown and his start team were in charge of the Optimist Gold, Optimist Silver and the O’pen Bic fleets. Geoff and his start team conducted 24 races over the two days for the seventy boats including the Singapore Sailing team with 15 sailors.
Light winds on Saturday morning provided challenging conditions for the both the competitors and race management teams. Some fleets managed to complete one race, whilst other fleets timed out during the fading easterly breeze. Sunday morning the sailors were back on the water by 8.30am with steady easterly breezes enabling most fleets to complete at least three races in the morning session. The sea breeze arrived during the lunch break providing moderate to fresh conditions for the final session of racing to wrap up the weekend.
The ICR was an outstanding success with competitors coming from all over the state as well as Singapore. An event of this size cannot occur without the help of our many volunteers, as well as the Club staff that put in months of planning for an event of this size. I would like to take the opportunity on behalf of all of the sailors to thank the volunteers and staff for their efforts in helping to make the ICR such a great event.