The brutal NE Winds strikes again! The first race of 2020 saw 3 boats retiring, of which, 1 suffered a broken mast and 1 tore their sail. It was a very unfortunate (and possibly expensive) start to the new year for both Baby Beluga & Stray Catz, the first casualties of the sailing season.
In the IRC Class, an early retirement from Skybird due to equipment failure handed Waka Tere an easy win. These were the same 2 IRC boats which participated in last year’s Hangover Race! Seems like the rest of the fleet may have been to hungover to make it to the start line.
Jonathan Syke’s Olmeto lapped up the strong 16-18 knots of strong NE breeze, scoring a comfortable win over Southern Light and Notus in 2nd and 3rd respectively for the PY Class. Baby Beluga’s maiden Hangover Race with us ended abruptly, but we have no doubt she will come back stronger and hungrier to race in the near future!
A match race between Witblits and Phoenix saw the former pull ahead early in the race, and held on to a sizeable lead to win the Multihull Class by a significant margin. A poor gybe resulted in a torn mainsail for the only beach catamaran participating, Stray Catz. We hope that she will be able to come up with a solution to get back on water by this Sunday’s Round Tekong Race.
Always great to start the new year with a sailing race, made even better with the amazing NE Monsoon Winds. We now look forward to kicking off our NE Monsoon Sailing Festival this weekend, where we take sailors around Pulau Tekong for the first of 3 Signature Sundays Passage Races.
See you on Sunday!