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.
- Masks have to be worn at all times
- Maximum of 5 persons on each keelboat / multihull
- Safe Distancing onboard
- SafeEntry entering and exiting our premises
- 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!