The Round Tekong Race achieved a milestone yesterday, when the winds delivered and brought some of the sailors around Pulau Tekong in record time! Nigel Signal’s Stray Katz smashed the previous record (3hrs 11mins 6 secs) held by Alan Hodges and his Nacra Carbon 20 in 2013. Stray Katz now holds the record fastest time to sail around Tekong, crossing the line in 2hrs, 24mins and 27 secs – making it the new time to beat for future challengers. What made it extra sweet was that the other beach catamaran competing, Chris Waddington’s Persian Cat – also finished ahead of Alan’s time, sailing single-handed on a Nacra 5.0 to complete the course in 3hrs, 4mins and 54 secs.
In the IRC division, breakages and mishaps eventually forced hot favourites Invictus to retire, surrendering the win to defending champions Born in Fire. They look poised to retain their Signature Sunday Series Challenge Plate should they continue sailing well in the 3rd and final instalment (round Ubin) this coming Sunday. Waka Tere and Jong Dee finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively to complete the podium. A total of 9 boats participated in the PY Class, with the 47ft Sun Odyssey Temptress of Down enjoying the superb breeze to claim line honours for their class. After handicap correction, they only just missed out on podium, as Ikaroa, Southern Light and Minx finished in 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. Really glad to see the newly refurbished Southern Light back on water, looking forward to seeing more of her in action for the coming races!
Damien Geoffray’s Kaze returned to racing on a positive note yesterday, winning in the Cruising Multihull division ahead of 3 other Corsairs and 2 M23s. 2nd place went to Michael Chia’s Eepai and Jaza Too claimed 3rd after corrected time. With only 1 point separating the top 3 Cruising Multihulls (Jaza Too 4, Eepai 5, Cicak 6) after yesterday’s race, it definitely looks like a close contest for the finale! With that we conclude the Round Tekong Race, 2nd race of a 3-part Signature Sunday Series.
We look forward to an intense showdown on the 21st, racing around Pulau Ubin! First Warning is at 1155hrs, see you there!