Sunday Series III – Race 1

A free weekend was all it took for many boats to repair and prepare their boats for the next Sunday Series, which commenced yesterday, 27th September. After a very successful Sunday Series II, sailors returned to compete at the start line, with a total of 26 boats racing in the first of 5 races for this Series.

A light and shifty South-westerly paired with a significant outgoing tide meant that it was largely a battle of wits (with some luck) on the race course, in addition to a strong emphasis on a good start to stay ahead of the fleet. Despite that, the quality of start from both fleets were poor, with many struggling to sufficiently compensate for the current. Faced with tricky conditions and the added challenge of navigating a very busy shipping channel – the skippers had their work cut out for them.

In the Multihull Class, 3 boats of very close handicaps wrestled for first place, with the formidable father and daughter pair on Jaza Too emerging as winners just seconds ahead of the chasing Cicak and Kaze. It was also a family affair on Cicak, with a double father and daughter combo onboard. They only just managed to triumph in 2nd place seconds ahead of Kaze after corrected time, relegating Kaze to 3rd.

The smaller Kaze (Kaze Cat), a Nacra 20 skippered by Damien Geoffray had better fortune on the course, exhibiting good boat speed early in the race to pull away from the fleet of 3 Vipers and 1 Nacra 15. She managed to put enough distance on her rivals to secure victory about 1 minute ahead of the Nacra 15. Madfish II completes the podium in 3rd.

Petit Bateau found herself on the wrong side of the start line during the start sequence, having to dip down to exonerate herself before continuing on her journey to Serangoon Buoy. Despite the mistake, she still started well ahead most of the fleet, in a prime position to eventually take a place in the top 3. Alas, another careless mistake of rounding one of the buoys in the wrong direction proved her undoing, resulting in a DNF score for Esben & team. There were a few other boats who produced a decent start, and the results showed. Series II winners Sapphire Star began their title defence on a winning note, earning first place across the line and on corrected time. Fierce rivals Minx was a close 2nd, followed by Adona in 3rd. These 3 boats nailed the start, and have similar handicaps, making things really close and exciting on the race course.

In the IRC Class, Waka Tere bounced back from a poor start to sneak a win ahead of Born in Fire, despite the latter being the first to cross the line. Born in Fire had the best start of the 3 boats in the IRC Class, but failed to capitalize on their advantage, struggling to extend her lead throughout the course. Despite her woes, she did enough to keep Jong Dee at bay, as the J35 could not recover from a dismal start, having to claw her way back up while dodging incoming/outgoing shipping vessels.

All in all, a great turnout for a challenging first weekend of racing for the Sunday Series III. See you next week for the first race of the Twilight Series III!

Results

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Sunday Series II – Race 5 (Final)

As if a wet Saturday was not enough, the 5th and final race of the Sunday Series II took place in a never-ending bout of rain, much to the dismay of the sailors participating. With the heavy rain and poor visibility on the southern coast, all hopes of having the multihulls return on time from their trip to Kusu Island to start the race vanished, leaving the start line for the 18 keelboats to share.

In the PY Class, Invictus, Marut and Remington underestimated the strength of the outgoing tide, resulting in premature starts and a costly penalty. With winds coming from a south-westerly direction, spinnakers came up quickly, as sailors began their slow crawl to CAAS 2 and subsequently Tekong Buoy. The Olson Twins Sapphire Star and Arbudhen took an early lead in the PY Class, making good progress towards Tekong Buoy. They were the only 2 boats to finish before 4pm, and their eventual 1-2 finish across the line was also reflected on corrected time, beating quicker boats to the finish. Adona completed the podium in 3rd, making things interesting at the top of the series standings. Both Sapphire Star and Adona complete the Series on the same number of points, but the former wins the tie-breaker by scoring more podium finishes in the Series. Coming into the 5th race leading the series gave Olmeto plenty of confidence, however she struggled with the wind and weather conditions, and eventually mustered an 8th in the race. Despite surrendering top spot, 8th was just enough to keep her on the podium, completing the Series just 2 points ahead of Minx in 4th.

After rounding CAAS 2, Red Rum ran away from the fleet, establishing a significant lead on the rest. Stalling right in front of the finish line must have been frustrating for the Archambault 40, as the chasing boat Born in Fire reduced the gap just enough to take victory on corrected time, much to Red Rum‘s dismay. The 2 remaining boats in the fleet are the ones contending for the top spot in the overall series, Jong Dee and Waka Tere. Neck and neck on the final stretch towards the finish line, it looked like a mini america’s cup tacking duel taking place, as both boats match raced across the line, separated by 4 seconds. when the numbers were crunched, Waka Tere came out on top, scoring a 3rd in the final race to complete the series on 7 points, tied with Jong Dee. As both boats had the same number of 1sts, 2nds, 3rds & 4ths, Waka Tere breaks the tie by winning Race 5, effectively taking victory in the Series for the IRC Class. Born in Fire’s win in Race 5 helped her seal the remaining spot on the podium, completing the series with 9 points.

The Multihulls and Beach Catamarans saw no change to their overall Series II standings, with Cicak taking 1st place, Tantrum in 2nd and Itchy-Go in 3rd. Doug Fimmell’s Madfish II tops the table for Beach Catamarans – scoring podium finishes in all races including bullets in Race 2 and 4 to claim a total of 7 points. Bad Influence breaks a tie with Stray Catz to earn 1st runner up, having won Race 3.

Congratulations to all the winners, enjoy the results and photos below. Sunday Series III commences on 27th September – see you then!

Race 5 Results

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Overall Sunday Series II Results

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Twilight Series II – Race 4 (Final)

It seemed like a repeat of last Saturday, with plenty of rain and glassy waters in the early afternoon. Race Organisers were determined to get a 4th and final race in for this series, ushering sailors out on to the water to prepare for a timely start. Thankfully a nice southerly breeze came through 15 minutes to 4pm, providing sufficient winds for the participants on the start line.

The award for best start had to go to Waka Tere from the IRC Class, as they blitzed past the entire fleet on leeward across the line, taking an early lead and holding on to it for nearly the entire course. Only at the last stretch to the finish did Red Rum manage to surge ahead and clinch line honours just seconds ahead of Waka Tere – a small consolation knowing the results on corrected time. All things considered, Red Rum performed decently, putting enough distance between her and the remaining IRC fleet to place 2nd on handicap, earning her a 2nd for the Twilight Series II overall IRC results as well. Waka Tere‘s victory was just what she needed to sneak into 3rd on the overall results, relegating Adona to 4th. An unexciting 3rd place finish for Jong Dee was sufficient to seal her win for the Twilight Series II IRC Class, securing 1st place with a total of 9 points from 4 races.

The long awaited clash between David & Goliath did not disappoint – as Marut and Sangaree wrestled for the win in the final race to claim overall victory for the PY Class. Mighty Sangaree needed to win to overtake Marut in the overall standings, and they did just that. The beam reach course favoured the Holland 44, as she powered ahead to claim line honours and the win on corrected time. The little Jeanneau Fun was left lamenting what could have been; as they accumulated a few small mistakes throughout the race – possibly costing them valuable time. She eventually settled for 2nd in both the final race and the overall series. Despite not winning any of the races, consistency was key for Shardana‘s 3rd place finish, completing all races available and earning herself a well-deserved place on the podium in the PY Class.

The Multihulls and Beach Catamarans were a no-show for the Twilight Series II finals, as a handful of them departed early in the morning for an overnighter at Kusu Island. We hope to see some of them return for the final race of the Sunday Series II this afternoon, missing the fleet already!

Congratulations to all the winners, enjoy the photos and results below.

Race 4 Results

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Overall Twilight Series II Results

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Twilight Series II 2020 current standings

Due to the poor wind conditions, Race Organisers raised the N over A flag for the 4th race of our Twilight Series II, signalling sailors to the bar for early drinks.

The overall standings going into the final race on 12th September is really close and exciting for the IRC and PY Class. In the IRC Class, Jong Dee tops the table with 6 points, followed by Red Rum and Adona on 8 points. Kurt Metzger’s Waka Tere will be looking to score a bullet in the final race to mix things up – as they sit just outside the top 3 with a total of 9 points.

It is a case of David vs Goliath squaring off this Saturday, as the smallest and the biggest boat of the fleet tie on points for first place. Marut’s 2 bullets give her the slight advantage, as the little Jenneau Fun is looking to make it a hat-trick of firsts for this series. The Goliath, Sangaree (Holland 44) will be doing all she can to extend her lead and claim line honours – hopefully enough to meet her handicap and take the win for the Twilight Series II. let also not forget the next 6 boats hot on their heels – Simba, Shardana, Olmeto, Jonty J, Minx and Remington all have equal opportunity to claim a place on the podium this weekend.

3 bullets from 3 races mean that it is Jaza Too has sealed the win for the Multihull Class in Twilight Series II. We hear they will be giving the Twilight finals a miss, together with current 2nd placed boat Cicak, as they plan for a weekend jaunt to Kusu Island this Friday. In the Beach Catamaran Class, Balqis II scored the best attendance of the fleet, rewarding her with a first in the current series standings. she leads by a slim margin of 1 point – a gap which 2nd placed Stray Catz is eager to overcome this weekend.

All the best to the participants for this Saturday Twilight & Sunday’s Series II Finals!

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