Sunday Series II – Race 4

Clear skies and a gentle breeze made for a fantastic day of racing, much to the delight of the sailors taking part in the 4th Race of our Sunday Series II. Shifty and gusty winds between North Angler and Paku meant that sailors had to plan their route carefully and be quick to react to the changes.

In the IRC Division, it was all smiles onboard Waka Tere, as they sailed a superb race to claim their second victory for the Series, setting the stage for a final battle with fierce rivals Jong Dee on 13 September. Despite looking like the crew needed more time to adjust to operating their new asymmetrical spinnaker, Waka Tere took full advantage of the favourable wind angles and converted it into very good boat speed. Born in Fire crossed the line 40 second behind Jong Dee – barely enough for her to claim 2nd place by 2 seconds on corrected time!

Again, boats were separated by seconds in the PY Class – with Marut just missing out on podium position by 1 second! We think it would have definitely been a different outcome if she had a better start. A strong start from New Blue Eyes paved the way to victory, as she sailed well off the breeze, scoring a bullet just 26 seconds ahead of Olmeto in 2nd place. Marut‘s loss was Ikaroa’s gain, as she bounced back from a premature start to sail well and clinch 3rd on handicap.

Jaza Too dashed across the line to claim her first victory in the Sunday Series II, scoring a win in a competitive fleet of Corsair Multihulls. She held a significant lead, with Kaze finishing only 11 minutes after. When the numbers were tallied, Kaze slipped to 3rd on corrected time, surrendering 2nd position to AbraCaDeborah. Kaze nearly missed out on a podium placing, as Cicak positioned 4th just 28 seconds adrift. In the overall standings Series II standings, Cicak is primed to take the win, with a bullet, 2nd and 4th from 4 races, proving to be the most consistent Multihull both in performance and attendance.

A healthy fleet of 6 boats (5 F16s and 1 Nacra 20) graced the line in the beach catamaran class, with the lone Nacra 20 successfully fending off the Vipers and Taipans to take line honours. However, Kaze Cat‘s lead was not enough, placing 3rd just 23 seconds behind Allo after corrected time. Madfish II claimed her second bullet for the Series, accumulating a total of 7 points going into the final race in September. Both Stray Catz and Bad Influence are tied on 15 points, as they look to finish ahead of each other in the deciding race.

Thank you all for participating in the 4th race of our Sunday Series II – links to results and photos are below.

Results

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Overall Series II Standings

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Twilight Series II – Race 3

We’ve all experienced this before – racing in little to no winds, across glassy waters with a strong tide against you and waiting for the slightest breeze to carry your boat to the next mark of the course. These were the exact conditions faced by sailors during the 3rd race of the Twilight Series II. It was not easy conditions to be sailing your first race in, as experienced by Jen’s Jaunt and Clytie, both newcomers in our Twilight Series PY Keelboat Class. The latter made the wise choice of retiring early and spending a leisurely overnighter at Ketam, while the former did commendably to complete the race within the time limit.

As the wind died, it was great to see all sailors picking a side of the channel on the way to Squance, staying out of the deep water/stronger currents. First to round the mark and commence the drift-sail back to the finish line was none other than Jaza Too. Despite being given a time penalty for switching on their engine to avoid an outgoing ship, they managed to stay well ahead to become the first boat to cross the finish line and secure a comfortable win in the Multihull Class. Finishing a mere 48 seconds after Cicak, AbraCaDeborah did just enough to sneak into 2nd place on handicap.

A solo sail by Nigel on Stray Catz worked in his favour, building a size-able lead and triumphing against the 2 other beach catamarans on the course. The strong tide got the better of Persian Cat, who eventually threw in the towel and retired from the race. Balqis II was rewarded for her patience/resilience, as a puff on the return leg gave them some respite – powering her to the finish line and subsequently placing as runner-ups in the Beach Catamaran Class.

In an 11-strong fleet, it was little Marut who once again beat the odds to claim victory, bouncing back from a poor post-start sail to recover strongly approaching Squance and back towards the finish line. Her strategy to hug the coast of Pulau Ubin paid off, keeping clear of the strong tide and getting sufficient breeze both ways. A similar strategy was applied by Olmeto, as they were part of the fleet that went across the channel early to sail close to Ubin and the accompanying fish farms. When the numbers were crunched, she placed a well deserved 3rd in the standings. Minx had a differing plan, but no less effective. Sticking close to mainland and hooking up to approach Squance proved a successful choice, claiming her position in first runner-up on corrected time. Special mention goes to Jonty J, as the J70 sailed one of her best races to date, taking line honours and just missing out on podium after handicap.

It was indeed a day for the smaller boats, with Adona executing a David vs Goliath story in the IRC Keelboat Class. The J24 managed to keep it really close to leaders Red Rum, and displayed some good decision-making and boat speed to position herself ahead of Jong Dee and Waka Tere rounding Squance. On corrected time she secures her win by a minute and 20 seconds – impressive! Jong Dee won the fight for the final spot on the podium, claiming 3rd both across the line and on handicap.

Thank you all for taking part in the 3rd race of the Twilight Series II! Here’s a link to an article on light-wind sailing, pretty useful for future reference 🙂

 

Results

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Sunday Series II – Race 3

After a relaxing long weekend cruise to Raffles Marina and Lazarus Island celebrating Singapore’s 55th Birthday on 8 – 10 August, it was business as usual yesterday, with sailors re-energized and raring to go in the 3rd race of our Sunday Series II. Totaling 27 boats on water, it was another amazing turn out for Club Racing at Changi Sailing Club.

A light but steady south-easterly breeze provided the perfect reason for race officials to put sailors back on a pennant 8 course, giving participants a long upwind beat to North Angler Buoy after the start. Problems came in threes yesterday: 3 boats were overzealous at the start line, costing them valuable time exonerating themselves before chasing the fleet. In addition, careless navigation saw 3 boats failing to sail the correct course, resulting in their disqualifications.

Leading the pack of 6 Beach Catamarans were the F16s, As Bad Influence rounded the top mark first, followed closely by Madfish II. A strong sail from Jeremy Nixon earned him both line honours and victory on handicap, staying well ahead of Madfish II and Nacra 15 in 2nd and 3rd respectively for the Beach Catamaran Class.

One of the 3 boats that sailed the wrong course was Dinghao, failing to keep CAAS 2 on the correct side during the race. This gave Cicak the win by default. However, Cicak‘s performance should not be discounted, as they would have won comfortably on corrected time. Being the only Weta sailor in the Multihull fleet, Tantrum‘s Skipper (Jonathan Hardy) was just the opposite, a vision of calm and composure racing together with his son onboard.

In the PY Class, we see a total of 14 boats participating, making a fairly crowded start line. After a few weeks of poor performance, we are happy to see Brio back on the podium, scoring a bullet just seconds ahead of her competitors Olmeto and Sapphire Star in 2nd and 3rd place on corrected time. False starts from Ikaroa and Adona might have cost them valuable time and possibly a better result – with both boats eventually finishing 7th and 6th respectively.

The 3rd boat to register a premature start came from the IRC Class, as Born in Fire gave herself an unnecessary added handicap going into the race. Fighting tooth and nail, she displayed good boat speed and decision-making to claw her way back to the top half of the fleet, securing 3rd place on corrected time. Jong Dee continues her red-hot form, taking full advantage of the windward leeward course to secure both line honours and a comfortable win on handicap. Waka Tere continues to experiment with different crew and settings for her new asymmetrical spinnaker, casually taking 2nd place in the process.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you all for another fantastic weekend! Enjoy the results and photos below.

Results

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CSC to RM National Day Weekend Cruise 2020

CHANGI SAILING CLUB TO RAFFLES MARINA (8 to 10 August)

An account from Genesis.

It would have been a cruise to Nongsa Point Marina if not for the border closure due to Covid-19. So, what should we do and where can we go to? This was the question posted during one of our many coffee talks. Desmond Wong, our new volunteer to head the cruising division in the Events Committee, then suggested doing a cruise within our local waters.

The National Day weekend provided an opportunity for us to organize a weekend cruise. The trip would require us to sail from Changi Sailing Club to Raffles Marina on day 1, Raffles to Lazarus Island on day 2 and returning to Changi on Monday, 10 August.

As SKYBIRD is still stuck in Batam, I gladly accepted the invitation to crew on GENESIS with Desmond; the 50 nautical mile passage would take us 10 hours travelling at 5 knots. So, if the wind is bad, we would have to motor-sail to keep to the minimum speed as per our plans.

 

As we were planning for the trip, together with Choy, we had initially expected a fleet size of 5 to 8 boats. As the day drew nearer, and to our joyous surprise, a total of 18 boats signed up for the weekend cruise. Though we are still subjected to the only 5 person per boat rule, it actually won’t be too bad as there would be probably more space for whoever. Joining in the cruise were; Ikaroa, Simba, SDF, WYSIWYG III, Born In Fire, Red Rum, Kristina, Waka Tere, Elessar, Sapphire Star, Boreas, Genesis, Cicak, Marut, Shardana and Baby Beluga. New Blue Eyes had planned to join in but had to pull out due to engine problems, Arbudhen was to join us at Lazarus. Quite an impressive fleet.

 

We set off at 7.30 am on the 8 August, almost the same time as SDF, the others would have left within the hour after. A gentle breeze was in but it was coming straight on the nose so we motored all the way to the Changi Naval Base before putting up the sails. As we had planned, 5 knots were the targeted speed for us to be able to make Raffles by daylight. After keeping a safe distance from the boundary markers off the Changi Naval Base, we set a course for 244 degrees from Airway Buoy, which would bring us to Raffles Lighthouse. However, the heading had put us a little too close to the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). Having had one foot out of our port limits, we were soon approached by the Police Coast Guard who had very politely advised us to come back into Singapore Port Limits. No arguments, we complied.

 

After 4 hours of motor-sailing, we were at the southern point off Kusu Island. Also known as Tortoise Island, legend has it that a magical tortoise turned itself into an island to save two shipwrecked sailors, a Chinese and a Malay. Check wikipedia for more on the island, but I think it was the Singapore government that turned it into what it is today.

 

Sailing on, we soon reached Raffles Lighthouse. The lighthouse sits on the island named Pulau Satumu, with a rotating beacon that produces 117,000 candelas which is visible to a distance of 20 nautical miles, on a clear night I suppose. For those who may have forgotten the islands after the lighthouse are Pulau Senang, Pawai and Sudong, in the order as we sail by. Just as we rounded the lighthouse, channel 16 came alive, “Waka Tere, Waka Tere, this is the Singapore Police Coast Guard”. Apparently, they were a little too close to Pulau Sudong which is a live firing range for the air force. Don’t want to be mistaken as a live target, do we.

 

The breeze was light and coming from our port beam so we decided to put up the asymmetric spinnaker. Waka was way ahead and we saw her beautiful red flying in the distance. Derek and Ad was on SDF and they were not too far away from Waka. Even though we have been sailing around the areas at Changi, it was still nice to see the coastline from the sea. With a vivid recollection of Changi in the years gone by, the transformation to what the area is today is amazing. The massive area, housing the airport, unfortunately the constant approach and departure of aircrafts are missing. Things that we took for granted are now so noticeable due to the silence from the turbine engines. Even the island of Pulau Tekong has a beautiful resort where only young male Singaporeans get to spend 3 months to turn them from boys to man; and all for free. As we passed further towards the southern corner of Singapore, the view of the coastline was again amazing. The Cruise Centre, the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands and the many impressive structures that stand tall, shows how far Singapore has come to. Being our National Day weekend and all, it has kind of make me feel proud to be part of this nation.

 

OK, wake up – enough of these patriotic reflections. We’re sailing on and by now we have reached the Tuas area where a massive reclamation project has turned it into a huge port facility. We know that the plan is to shift all port operations from Tanjong Pagar to Tuas. Soon we were closing in on Pulau Merambong, a smallish island within the Malaysian port limits. I remember the small kelong structure just before Merambong, now it’s a big kelong cum on-water holiday resort of sort. Personally, I think it’s more like a statement telling us that, “here I sit and it’s Malaysian waters”. From there we still had another 2.5NM before arriving at the marina. It was still early but it was good that we were timed to arrive as per our schedule.

 

Keong our other crew member, called in as we approached. Boon, the marina manager, was quick to respond and offered us a much-appreciated welcome. With all efficiency, we were met by the marina dock-hand and were soon plucked into shore power and the much-appreciated wind from the air conditioner was the reward at the end of the journey. Mind you it was way into 35 degree celsius all the way through the trip and that was hot, burning hot.

 

By the time the last boat came in, the good part of the evening was a little rush as the restaurant was to close by 8.30 pm. I suppose everyone had their well-deserved drink and dinner at the bistro. However, it was very unfortunate that the marina could not open the bar due to regulatory controls under phase 2 and the restriction on group size also added to the gathering control measures. This prevented us from being able to congregate like in the pre-Covid days. So, everyone went back to their respective boats or rooms for an early night cap and for the much-deserved rest.

 

August 9, National Day, Happy 55th Birthday Singapore. I remembered, I was in Nongsa Point Marina last year, we had a small group of about 8 boats, I think. I remembered being dwarfed between two big catamarans, Katrianne on my right and Rehua, I think, on the other side. It was as if someone is trying to tell me to change, no lo creo.  Raffles Marina had been very welcoming to us. Apart from providing us with complimentary berthing, we were all berth together in our individual berths. Much thanks to Ray Parry, CEO RM, and his team.

 

After breakfast, Desmond and I pushed off at 9.30am. Based on our boat speed, it would take us about 6 hours for us to get to Lazarus. With the engine at low rev, we had full sails up, tacking our way up or down the channel. Seeing the presence of the PCG and a Singapore warship, we were reminded to keep within our port limits. Soon after more boats could be seen coming out of the marina. As we went along, we saw three naughty boats sailing way into Malaysian waters and without fail, channel 16 came alive, Sierra Zulu (SZ_____) this the Singapore Police Coast Guard…bla bla bla. Not receiving a reply, they charged towards the offending boat and escorted them back to Singapore waters. It was like, be nice to sailor’s weekend, no one received a fine.

 

Passing Raffles Light, we put out the trawling line and in a very short while, we picked up something heavy and the fishing rod was bent over to a big C. With our forward movement we thought that we may have caught a big bunch of seaweeds or some plastic bag but not a fish. When I slowed the line kept being put out. Desmond went into full-fishing mode, grab the rod and started reeling in. It was like one of those big game fishing documentaries on Nat Geo Wild. With engine at neutral and headed into wind, the fight continued. By then we knew that it was something huge. After a long while we managed to bring it to surface and wow, a whopping 2m barracuda. We tried using a net to land the monster but unfortunately the hook got entangled with the net and the monster got away. Well no photos no proof, that’s how it goes. It was really exciting.

 

When we arrived at Lazarus, the bay was already filled with boats. Many were day charters from One15 but the impressive sight was seeing the sailboats from CSC. Elessar and Boreas came in just slightly later making the total of 16 boats from the club. It would have been 17 if NBE didn’t have their engine quitting on them on the morning of departure; next time Callum. A record for any organised cruise for the club in local waters. After the long hot sail, the dip in the clear Lazarus waters was the best thing ever. And again, it was observing the social distancing rules that kept people to their own boats. In the evening, the anchorage was relatively calm and peaceful expect for a party that was cranking away until 3am on a boat anchored in the middle of where we were. I suppose it’s their way of letting loose.

 

August 10, well all fun must come to an end, so it was back to Changi. The light breeze and incoming tide didn’t help much but that’s sailing, sometime good, sometime not so good but enjoyable at the end of the day.

 

It was good that all went well with no serious damages except for Amanda on Simba who had a prickly experience when she stepped on a sea urchin at Lazarus. I think that there is a rule about damaging marine life; oops! I think I’ll be in some trouble here. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

 

Overall, this was such a great National Day weekend, thank you all for your participation. We should be looking at more of these local flavour in the near future.

 

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Twilight Series II – Race 2

A gentle south-easterly breeze greeted sailors at the start line of the 2nd race for Twilight Series II. It was a welcome change of wind strength, after the carnage from last week’s Sunday Series Storm at North Angler.

In the Multihull and Beach Catamaran Class, we see an intimate number of boats, totaling 6 across both fleets. Sporting new laminates, Jaza Too was first off the line, taking the lead against the only other Multihull in her class, Cicak. Through their gybes on the downwind, Jaza Too looked the more polished of the 2, as Cicak struggled to close the gap between them. The former sailed well to increase their lead and eventually take line honours and victory on corrected time. Madfish II exhibited good boat speed to pull away early on the 2nd leg of the course, creating an insurmountable lead over the rest of the beach catamaran participants. When the numbers were crunched, the Nacra 15 sailed by Uli Braun was the best of the rest, beating 3rd placed Stray Catz by a minute and 30 secounds.

The Keelboats saw some very exciting sailing on handicap, as the fleet stayed pretty close together throughout the course. Fresh from her victory last weekend, Adona only just missed out on 2nd place, trailing Waka Tere by 11 seconds after corrected time in the IRC Class. 1st place went to Jong Dee, which sailed a superb race to win by a comfortable margin of over 4 minutes.

In the Keelboat PY Class, Sangaree was too eager across the line, and suffered the consequences of an early start. That might have cost her a place on the podium, as she completes the race in 4th on handicap. Little Marut had their first taste of victory, successfully keeping pace with the bigger and faster boats to win on corrected time. Remington trails just 46 seconds behind, bouncing back from last week’s spinnaker mishap. Completing the podium in 3rd was the mighty Minx, who continues their fine form from Sunday’s first runner up result.

Thank you all for joining us over the weekend – Congratulations to all the winners! There will be no racing and sailing programmes next week as we celebrate Singapore’s 55th Birthday on 9th August. For those of you joining us for the Cruise to Raffles Marina & Lazarus Island, see you then!

Results

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