We had a small turn out at this weekend?s race as most of our regular sailors were at the Western Circuit but it was a perfect day for a round Ubin race.
At the start, the steady South Easterly breeze brought the fleet to the first mark and up to TKPK in very quick time. The winds and its direction seemed to have favoured the cats as both Stray Catz and Madfish II led the charge as the zoomed through the channel between Ubin and the Johor coast line. Bab Influence wasn?t too far behind as the three beach catamarans made their way to the Eastern corner of Ubin. Doug in Madfish II was trailing Nigel on the northern side of Ubin but managed to creep past Nigel as they made their way back to the club. The three cats continued in that order and finished the race with Madfish II crossing the line first followed by Stray Catz and Bad Influence in third; making it an average one-and-a-half-hour race for the three boats.
Stefan in Firefly started the race well but turned back shortly due to some technical problems; never fly budget. The cruising multi-hull fleet had a good showing of 4 tris with Firefly making it a 5-boat start. Shaun Norris in Witblitz sailed the race well finishing in 1hr 22min 53sec, corrected time followed by Michael Chia in Eepai, Tim Hill in Cicak and Chris and Dave finishing in the respective order. As the fleet of tris and keelboats made their way towards Serangoon Buoy, the wind picked up, bringing rain onto them.
The increase in wind force created some excitement for the tris and the three keelboats. Churning up bow sprays as they made their way upwind. The winds were strong enough to have both Invictus and Jong Dee spilling their mains as they made their way towards Serangoon. Invictus?s 7-minute lead on elapse time allowed him to keep his 1st placing after corrected over Jong Dee in the IRC division. New Blue Eyes, the lone wolf in the PY division had his share of fun sailing round the course, we hope to see more PY boats in next week?s Twilight race.