Sunday Series II – Race 2

It was a dramatic end to racing in july, as a huge storm crashed the 2nd race of our Sunday Series II, causing mayhem on the course. Despite the challenging conditions resulting in many retirements, we are glad that all participating sailors were safe and unhurt.

The storm clouds approached swift and furious from the east, giving participants little time to react. The beach catamaran class ended up being the quickest and safest fleet, managing to outrun the storm back from North Angler. Leading the pack were Stray Catz and Madfish II, with the former taking line honours and surrendering 1st place to Madfish II on corrected time. The 3rd boat to finish was none other than Bad Influence. The Nacra 15 just missed out on podium by a few seconds, taking 4th place. Kaze Cat completes the finishers in 5th.

The Multihull Class saw more casualties, with the weta sailors struggling in the strong winds and poor visibility. Only Tim Jackson’s Itchy-Go and Tim Hill’s Cicak managed to emerge from the storm unscathe, finishing 1st and 2nd respectively. Antonio Bertoletti’s Striped One suffered a capsize, but was quickly offered assistance by a nearby towing barge, effectively ending his racing pursuits for the day. Tantrum, sailed by Jonathan Hardy played it safe, but eventually required assistance from the safety boat to lower his mains and depower the sail, also retiring from the race.

In the PY Class, the first casualty was Invictus, suffering a broken main halyard on the beat up to North Angler – thus returning to the moorings early. Remington joined the list of misfortune, getting their spinnaker wrapped around their propeller during the storm, destroying both their spinnaker and their hopes of finishing the race. At the top of the fleet, Sangaree took line honours, with Adona, Shardana, Sapphire Star and Minx hot on her heels. Sangaree eventually slipped to 7th on corrected time, struggling in the strong breeze on limited crew. Adona thrived in the long upwind & downwind course, winning the PY Class by a comfortable 5 minutes ahead of Minx in 2nd place and Sapphire Star trailing another 20 seconds behind.

A poor spinnaker routine by Jong Dee nearly cost them their victory in the IRC Class, scraping into 1st place just 20 seconds ahead of Red Rum. A wise pre-race decision from skipper Steve Manning to sail on their non-spinnaker rating, handling the boat safe and well in the heavy weather. Reigning champions Waka Tere tested out their new furling asymmetrical spinnaker set up for this race, encountering some problems during the course. Born in Fire was quick to capitalize on this, completing the podium in 3rd.

Thank you all for participating – we look forward to next week’s Twilight Series II – Race 2!






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Twilight Series II – Race 1

6 days after a successful Sunday Series racing on 12th July, we conducted our first Twilight Race for 2020. Despite the lacklustre and shifty winds, it was still a fantastic day out on water – attracting 19 boats on the start line.

With the race committee putting up the Red Course Flag, it was a slow crawl for all classes eastwards to Changi Buoy. Winds picked up as the boats sailed pass Changi Creek, taking the fleet on a short beat to round Changi Buoy and commencing their long downwind sail to Squance.

Red Rum bounced back from a poor start to take the lead in the IRC Class, further increasing the margin over the subsequent legs to clinch the first bullet for the Twilight Racing in 2020! It was an excellent performance, finishing ahead of the Multihulls as well. Jong Dee struggled with the shifty and patchy winds on the upwind leg from Squance, but did enough to stay ahead of 2019 Twilight defending champions Waka Tere and take 2nd place. The Nelson 10 struggled to keep up with the 2 faster boats in the course, eventually having to settle for 3rd. New IRC entrants Adona made the best of a tricky course, and completed the race in 4th.

The difficulties were amplified in the PY Class, with 3 boats missing the time limit by a few minutes! With only 1 minute and 22 seconds to spare, Remington was the last boat to cross the finish line within 2.5hrs. At the top end of the fleet, Sangaree displayed some good boat speed in the remaining 2 legs to power ahead and secure 1st place both across the line and on handicap. Shardana took a distant 2nd place, trailing by 7 minutes on elapsed time. It was a joy to see the return of Bound to Please, skippered by Nick Jones. Though a little rusty, Nick and team managed a commendable 3rd place on corrected time, rounding up the podium finishers.

The Multihull fleet was represented by 2 Corsairs and 1 Weta – of which, 2 have recently been crowned champions:

Cicak – 2019 Sunday Series & Twilight Overall Winner
Itchy-Go – 2020 SailFest Regatta Winner

Despite not having raced for months, Jaza Too did an amazing job to catch up on the final leg to finish, nearly overtaking Cicak and eventually triumphing against her 2 more decorated competitors on corrected time.

Balqis II conquered a fleet of retirees, nearly ending up one herself, as she followed the initial 2 leading boats (Stray Catz & Nacra 5.8) to the beach. Thankfully she realised her mistake and continued the race; becoming the only beach catamaran which completed the course successfully.

It was another fantastic weekend out on water – great to see all participants keeping to the maximum number of 5 persons on board and maintaining safe distancing when possible. We would like to remind all boaters to follow this good example and do the same when you take your boat out with friends and family.

Congratulations to all the winners and see you next week (26th July) for Race 2 of our Sunday Series II!


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Sunday Series II 2020 – Race 1

What a refreshing return to Club Racing! With all activities and programmes suspended for more than 3 months during the Covid-19 Circuit Breaker and Phase 1 period, it came as no surprise that sailors were raring to participate in our very first Sunday Series Race for 2020.

Of course, in our efforts to comply with the government’s restrictions and play our part to keep the virus at bay, certain measures have to be introduced for the safe resumption of our Club Racing.

  1. Masks have to be worn at all times
  2. Maximum of 5 persons on each keelboat / multihull
  3. Safe Distancing onboard
  4. SafeEntry entering and exiting our premises
  5. No prize presentation and social gatherings

We’re glad to see many regular sailors back on water and complying with the restrictions.

For the first race of the Sunday Series in 2020, the race committee decided to send sailors on a variation of the East Coast Plan. The plan was to send sailors along the north-eastern coast of Singapore, sailing on a pennant 5 course to Serangoon Buoy and back.

Despite reports of a storm brewing earlier in the morning, perfect weather greeted the sailors on the start line, treating participants to warm sunshine and a gentle south-southwesterly breeze. Sporting their biggest fleet in a long while, the 7 beach catamarans participating lapped up the conditions, with Uli Braun’s Nacra 15 taking top spot ahead of Damien Geoffray’s Kaze Cat (Nacra 20) by mere seconds after corrected time. Defending champions Madfish II accomplished a commendable result, placing 3rd to complete the podium. It was nice to see new additions to the fleet; such as James Sharpe’s Nacra 5.8 and David Stanton’s Balqis II – we hope to see more beach catamarans taking part in the following weeks!

In the Multihull class, the absences of most of the Corsairs meant that the Wetas could wreck havoc on the course! Itchy-Go sailed well to clinch the victory ahead of The Striped One and Tantrum – the other 2 Wetas participating. Being the only Corsair racing, Witblits looked like they were taking it easy on the course, enjoying the sun, wind and just being back on the water.

With 17 yachts taking part, it was a crowded start line for the PY and IRC Class. Jong Dee took an early lead in the IRC Class, keeping tabs on the fleet and staying sufficiently ahead to successfully claim line honours. However, her 1 minute margin over Waka Tere was not enough to take the win on corrected time, eventually settling for 2nd place. In the PY Class, it was a close fight between Sangaree and Invictus – 2 boats with strong racing pedigree. The latter only just managed to fend off a strong return sail from the Holland 44, taking victory by 10 seconds. Fresh from their SailFest Regatta win, Remington continue to display some good sailing, finishing 3rd just 6 seconds behind Sangaree.

Thank you all for participating over the weekend – see you next week for the Twilight Race!






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