The Round Ubin Race 2020 saw 20 boats on the start line, spread over 4 classes. An atypical North-westerly wind greeted sailors during the pre-start routine, as the race committee announced a clockwise challenge to circumnavigate Pulau Ubin. After the start, participants faced strengthening outgoing tide and a big lull on the south-western end of Ubin, struggling to make the objective of hooking around the western corner and make the return journey north of the island.
In the IRC Class, Waka Tere was the first of 2 boats to successfully round the island, well ahead of the trailing Born in Fire. This makes it 2 wins from 3 available races in this series, all but securing their victory for the Signature Sundays.
Remington sailed a superb race to win the PY Class for the Round Ubin Race, navigating the light and patchy conditions to round the western corner 2nd only to Sapphire Star & Jonty J. When the handicaps were applied, it was a convincing victory for Skipper Paul Sneesby and his 2 crew, placing nearly 10 minutes ahead of Brio in 2nd place. Despite getting line honours, Sapphire Star settles for 3rd on corrected time, completing the podium of winners. A careless mistake of passing Serangoon Buoy on the wrong side meant that Jonty J missed out on a placing in their maiden Signature Sunday Race.
Leading the Multihulls throughout the entire race was none other than DingHao, back after a long hiatus. she returns to flex her muscles and shake off the rust, all in preparation for the Nongsa Neptune Regatta and NE Monsoon Sailing Festival events in the next 2 months. She held off the chasing Kaze, fresh off their record-breaking win Round Tekong last week. Itchy-Go maintains consistent form, scoring another 3rd, ahead of Pheonix and Tantrum.
Stray Catz was back in action yesterday, giving Madfish II a solid challenge for the Beach Catamaran Class. Sporting Madfish II’s old sails, Stray Catz did well in the light airs, crossing the line first and well enough ahead to claim the bullet around Ubin!
Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for participating in the 2020 Round Ubin Race! We look forward to meeting everyone down south on 17-19 January for the 5th Nongsa Regatta. Open to All Keelboats, Lasers & Optimists, this annual regatta takes place in the beautiful waters off Nongsa Point Marina, Batam.
Club Racing resumes after Chinese New Year – with the Two-Island Race on 8th February and Felkin Buoy Race on 9th February. See you then!