A total of 29 boats participated in the Sunday Series III Race 5 – a tremendous turn out for the last scheduled club series race for 2020. The winds delivered, starting with a cool breeze from an easterly direction, providing sailors with both a square start and a long beat to CAAS 2 on the first leg of course 4. A storm from the north kicked things up a notch at Tekong Buoy, bringing wind speeds up to 15 knots – sending sailors flying back towards the club with the chasing rain hot on their sterns.
In the IRC Class, Red Rum One could not emulate the same performance from Saturday’s Twilight victory, as they struggled to handle the stronger winds with only 5 sailors onboard. Despite crossing the line first, Born in Fire and Waka Tere were a close 2nd and 3rd – resulting in Waka Tere taking the bullet on corrected time, just 7 seconds ahead of Born in Fire. For her efforts, Red Rum One completes the podium in 3rd. In the Series, the order was reversed – Red Rum One‘s 3rd place finish was enough for her to be crowned the Sunday Series III champions, just 1 point ahead of Born in Fire. Waka Tere‘s bullet in race 5 gave her a total of 9 points, taking 3rd overall. Together with her win in Sunday Series II, Waka Tere claims the 2020 Sunday Series Challenge Trophy on 4 points, completing the double for Club Series racing this year!
Making up nearly half of yesterday’s fleet, The PY boats were fiercely competitive on the course, with on average less than a minute separating all boats which managed to finish the race. Brio handled the strong winds superbly, as the little Sonar flew in yesterday’s conditions – clinching victory by 49 seconds over 2nd placed Remington on corrected time. Adona was awarded a well-deserved 3rd, keeping pace with the quicker sports boats to finish just seconds behind Petit Bateau and Jonty J. On handicap, the J24 was only 41 seconds behind Remington. In the Series, Adona cemented her position on top, claiming the Series III title on 9 points. Her bullet in Race 5 meant that Brio was the best of the rest, completing this series with 11 points as the first runner-up. An extremely consistent result from Balqis this Series, notching three 4th place finishes and a 5th to claim 3rd on 17 points. The overall PY Sunday Series Challenge Trophy for 2020 went to Adona, having secured a 2nd in Series II and a victory in Series III to earn a place on the trophy name plate.
In the Multihull Class, 4 boats competed for the top spot – Kaze and Phoenix return to join usual suspects Cicak and Jaza Too on the course. Kaze thrived in heavier air, exhibiting good boat speeds on the reach. She was sailed well to her handicap, taking first place nearly 3 minutes ahead of Jaza Too – a sufficient margin to win on corrected time. Cicak crossed the line about 2 minutes after, securing her place in 3rd. In the Series standings, Kaze‘s bullet in Race 5 earned her a place on top, wresting it from Jaza Too. After 5 races they were tied on 6 points, with the same number of 1sts and 2nds. The tie was broken in Race 5, which Kaze won. A bullet in Race 3 and podium finishes in all races resulted in a commendable 3rd for Cicak. Despite only finishing 3rd in Series III, it was enough for Cicak to secure the 2020 Sunday Series Challenge Trophy in the Multihull Class – having won Series II.
The Beach Catamarans return to the water in full force, 7 boats consisting of an array of F16s and 1 Nacra 15 took to the start line. Flat water and high winds made for an enjoyable trapeze session for the fleet, as they zipped through the course in good time – making it back just before we got the brunt of the storm. Madfish II claimed both line honours and first place on corrected time, just seconds ahead of Stray Catz. Uli Braun’s solo efforts on his Nacra 15 once again awarded him with a place on the podium, completing the winners in 3rd. Despite not racing in Race 2, Madfish II sailed well throughout the rest of the Series, amassing 2 bullets, a 2nd and a 3rd to win Series III on 7 points. The Nacra 15 (CHN 116) was just 3 points adrift, taking 2nd place on 10 points. Bad Influence was the best of the rest, as she was rewarded with 3rd in the series for her consistent performance and attendance. The 2020 Sunday Series Challenge Trophy for the Beach Catamaran Class was awarded to Madfish II, 2 wins from both Series completes a great year for Doug and Erica. Special mention goes to Ripple V, the new kid on the block! A commendable 4th place finish in Series III despite it being her first experience in club racing – we look forward to a more diverse and competitive fleet in 2021.
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you everyone for taking part! We now begin our plans for a New Years Eve Race and a Hangover Race for New Year’s day – followed by the return of a new season of our Sailing Festival Regattas in 2021. See you then!
Sunday Series III overall results
Sunday Series 2020 Leaderboard/Final Standings