The first weekend of 2020 kicked off the NE Monsoon Sailing Festival, with the first of 3 signature passage races as part of our Signature Sunday Series. Tasked to circumnavigate Pulau Tekong, the 17 boats were greeted with what seemed like an easy 6 knots at the start line. It wasn’t long before the fresh NE breeze filled in, giving participants an exciting average of 14 knot winds throughout the race!
2 records were broken this year, with the first coming from the Multihull Class. Kaze returned to CSC Club racing in style, destroying the previous record of 3hrs 1min (Firefly) in 2019 by 26 minutes! Kaze finished the race in 2hr 35mins, making her timing the new record to beat in subsequent editions. The remaining 2 podium finishers managed to beat the 2019 record as well, as Witblits and Itchy-Go finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively on corrected time.
In the Beach Catamaran Class, equipment malfunction on Bad Influence meant an early retirement – leaving Doug Fimmell on Madfish II to challenge the previous record on his own. Doug crossed the line in a commendable 2hr 27mins, just 3 mins shy of Stray Catz’s 2018 timing, the current record holder. Madfish II would have most certainly clocked a faster timing if not for her bad start and capsize during the race.
8 boats vied for top spot in the PY Class, with the podium finishers separated by 26 seconds after corrected time! Ikaroa topped the fleet with her first win for 2020, thriving in the big winds and swells. She only just managed to keep Brio at bay, 19 seconds apart. Minx missed out on 2nd place by a mere 7 seconds, completing the podium in 3rd. Despite not making the top 3, Skipper Neil Thomas of Shardana was all smiles, having claimed line honours and sailing the race in 3hrs 35mins, just 19 minutes short of her record set in 2014 by previous owner Joe Lombardo.
Despite having only Born in Fire to keep her on her toes, Waka Tere sailed at a blistering pace to break the IRC record set by Jong Dee in 2019 (3hr 29mins), finishing in 3hrs 21mins.
Thank you all for joining us in journeying around Tekong! We hope to see more Beach Catamarans and IRC boats for next week’s Round Ubin Race!
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