We commenced the CSC Sailing Festival with a Race to Felkin, one of 3 Passage Races unique to our sailing area. Well attended by sailors as they return from a long holiday break in December, the fleet comprised of 12 Keelboats, 5 Cruising Multihulls and 2 Beach Catamarans. Despite the initial light winds, participants made steady progress to Felkin with the incoming tide, eventually catching a fresh north-easterly which released them from the doldrums between Serangoon and West Punggol.
An impressive solo performance by Kurt Metzger on Waka Tere earned her the bullet in the IRC Class, ahead of close rivals Born in Fire and Invictus in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Taking both line honours and handicap victory, Minx was once once again all smiles after a superb performance which saw them keeping up with the IRC leaders for a good portion of the race. Ikaroa made it a close 2nd after corrected time, ahead of new entrant Summer Breeze in 3rd.
The Cruising Multihulls were out in nearly full force today, as both M23s and 3 Corsairs made it an interesting tussle throughout the course. Despite a good comeback to finish with line honours, David Stanton’s Baloo just missed out on podium and surrendered his win to Graham Horn’s Jaza Too, which lead for most of the race to earn them a well-deserved win, followed by Cicak and Eepai who clawed back to a very close 2nd and 3rd place finish. A match race between 2 single-handed beach catamaran sailors saw the slower boat returning triumphant! Nigel Signal’s Stray Katz was the fastest boat on the course, finishing in 3hrs and 38mins. Despite this feat, he could not put enough distance between him and Chris Waddington’s Persian Cat, who did well to utilize the shifting winds on the return leg, powering him through the channel and across the finish line.
Thank you all for participating in the first instalment of the Signature Sundays, we look forward to better winds and less soaking conditions for this Sunday’s Round Tekong Race!