It’s been a while since my last post but so much has happened! The Dash when she arrived was Singapore’s first Corsair Dash 750. She was named The Dash simply because I used to get phone calls “where are you?”… “On The Dash” so the name just stuck, now it is like a brand!
Suffice to say, things got busy from the Western Circuit onwards. First The Dash was joined by SingaLoc 345 and then Dash Boot, then Kaze, then Hong Dao… Well suddenly we had the One Design Dash Fleet we were dreaming about. It was an intensive couple of months and just to cap it off in a nice way…
We were invited by the Singapore Sailing Federation to take part in the Singapore Water Festival and have some fun in Marina Bay. Marina Bay is the heart of Singapore as it used to be where all the warehouses were originally located as Singapore established herself as a trading port. Well today, this stretch of water is separated from the ocean and surrounding by some toering buildings and the iconic Marina Bay Sands! Now who wouldn’t want to sail in the City?
So the Sprint and all the Dashes were splashed into Marina Barrage and then, masts down, motored under the Helix bridge to prepare for the Corsair Cup 2011. The Water Festival is a celebration to help link the city’s denizens to water activity. This included the Extreme 40 Series with all its pomp, glory and speed! For the Corsairs we had an exclusive to Marina Bay.
The centre portion of The Bay was filled with thousands of well-wishers balloons and we were left with a narrow corridor around the balloons with which to fun race in. A suitable base was selected in the original Customs House. A base that could serve meals and cold beers!
Racing took a leaf from car racing whereby every one of the boats would have to do a number of laps. Tricky are the winds that filter between all the buildings. But we did manage to run some warm up laps, qualifying and then the Corsair Cup laps itself. Mr Richard Ward the new owner of Corsair Marine grace the event and was promptly handed The dash to skipper around The Bay.
A ‘winters’ day befell Singapore as the heavens opened up and bucket loads of water fell from the sky – but hey, it was the Water Festival! The next day the Fleet packed up to head back under the bridge and go ‘support’ the Extreme 40’s.
Everyone is looking forward to the next Corsair Cup which Uli Braun and David Sverre claimed for 2011. It was great fun… But the best was yet to come…
Next post, soon.
Download the Water Festival pdf here.