The 2-Island Race returns in 2020 with some big shoes to fill, as the 2019 edition boasts many records for the fastest time to circumnavigate Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong. To make it more challenging, sailors had to contend with a vicious outgoing tide and some uncommonly shifty wind conditions on the course, keeping them on their toes.
In the IRC Class, Red Rum did not disappoint, once again claiming line honours rewriting her own record by a massive 23 minutes! Taking full advantage of her enormous asymmetrical spinnaker and the strong outgoing tide, she pulled away from the rest of the fleet comfortably on the northern side of the islands. Despite her record-breaking performance, she just misses out on the victory after corrected time, surrendering to last year’s 2nd runner-up, Waka Tere. After a long break, Invictus was just glad to be back on water, sporting a new team uniform and a few fresh faces onboard. She completes the intimate fleet of 3 in the IRC Category.
No records were broken in the PY Class, but we are pleased to note that all boats finished the race well within daylight hours. Scoring the best start of her class, New Blue Eyes performed superbly from start to finish, even having to remedy a failing outhaul with a jury rig while sailing on the last stretch from South Nelayan Buoy to eventually win on corrected time! Closing in on her was Ikaroa, who eventually took 2nd on handicap. The biggest achievement would have to go to Simon Connor’s Sapphire Star. Simon sailed her solo throughout the entire race, not only earning a 3rd overall, but scoring line honours as well!
After a solid week of racing at the Neptune Regatta, Ding Hao returned home to smash the standing record for the Multihulls in the 2-Island Race, crossing the line in 3hrs, 52mins 50 secs – a staggering 36 minutes faster than Cicak‘s 2019 record. The rest of the fleet also finished well under 4hr & 20mins, with Buay Kaola and Kaze completing the podium in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Special acknowledgement to the lone weta on the course, The Striped One. Major feat taking on the 2-Island Race for his first race of 2020 – in addition, she crossed the line under 5hrs!
The Beach Catamaran Class was represented by 2 Taipan and 2 Viper F16s – making it a very close and nearly one-design contest. A broken halyard forced Stray Catz to retire prematurely, turning it into a 3-way battle. Louis Lim’s Taipan F16 emerged the first of the 3 cats to cross the line, but loses by a slim margin to Jeremy Nixon’s Bad Influence after corrected time. Both boats beat the timing set by Scott McCook’s Nacra Carbon F20 in 2016, finishing a good 4 minutes faster. Madfish II was all smiles on water, but did not sail her best today, trailing behind the 2 leaders in 3rd.
Congratulations all sailors for successfully conquering the 2020 2-Island Race! We look forward to more exciting racing today, as we conclude the Signature Sundays with the Felkin Buoy Race!
See you on the Start line.