Fresh from completing the Two-Island Race on Saturday, sailors returned to compete in the Felkin Buoy Race, the 3rd and final instalment in our 2020 Signature Sunday Series. Greeted with the first major squall for the year, participants had an interesting mix of conditions throughout the journey to Felkin and back.
Waka Tere continued on their winning streak, taking the weekend double with line honours and a comfortable lead over Invictus in the IRC Class. Invictus was a shadow of their usual self, struggling to keep up with Waka Tere for the whole race. A nagging luff track problem could have been a significant contributor to their woes – we hope to see them get back on track soon! In the overall standings, a poor attendance by the IRC Fleet meant that Waka Tere had no real challenge enroute to taking the Signature Sunday Series 2020 IRC Title, winning all 3 races available.
In the PY Class, leaders Minx and Shardana thrived on the course, with the latter pulling away from the fleet on the return leg and eventually clinching line honours. She settles for 2nd on corrected time, edged out by Minx. Ikaroa completed the podium in 3rd, another successful outing after their 2nd place finish in the Two-Island Race. Brio’s 5th placing in yesterday’s race was good enough for her to secure 2nd overall for the Signature Sunday Series, just 1 point behind champions PY 2020 Champions Minx. Winning the Round Tekong Race helped to secure 3rd overall for Ikaroa, as they survived a poor showing at the Round Ubin and a late push from Shardana in the Felkin Buoy Race to take podium just 1 point ahead of the Dufour 34.
Ding Hao managed to make it a weekend double as well in the Multihull Class, successfully defending against close rivals Kaze and the rest of the fleet to secure 1st over the line and on handicap. despite their stellar performance, she surrenders the overall Signature Sundays Multihull title to Kaze, whose 1st place around Tekong and two 2nd place finishes round Ubin and Felkin gave her victory in a fleet of 8 boats. Ding Hao‘s absence at the Round Tekong Race also meant that her 2 bullets could not save her from the consistency of Itchy-Go‘s (3, 3 & 4), awarding the latter with second overall, 1 point ahead of Ding Hao.
Stray Catz made amends for her premature retirement during the Two-Island Race, sailing a uneventful race to win the Felkin Buoy Race and also the Signature Sunday Series Beach Catamaran Title for the 3rd year in a row! She puts herself in good stead for the upcoming CSC Catamaran Championships on 22 & 23 February, where she will be competing against defending champions Madfish II and other fast beach catamarans.
Congratulations to all the winners, please see below for results and photos.