The NE Monsoon continue to bless us with beautiful winds, as we successfully attempted the re-run of the Felkin Buoy Race on 24th January. Much excitement on the course as white caps started emerging, sending sailors on a gorgeous downwind journey to the west after rounding Changi Buoy.
In the PY Class, a botched spinnaker packing job saw Arbudhen‘s kite get hoisted the wrong way up – much to their horror. A quick drop to fix the problem saw them drop further down the pack, allowing some of the fleet to overtake her in the process. Despite the blunder, she made the most of a bad situation and finished a credible 11th in the fleet. Further up in the class, Remington sailed an outstanding race in wind strength and angles which were perfect for the S&S 42. Second across the line and first on corrected time speaks volumes of her performance. Ahead of the fleet by nearly 18minutes, Sangaree claimed line honours in clinical fashion – taking second place on corrected time. Ikaroa sits pretty in third – a result sufficient for her to complete the series comfortably on top with 7 points, etching her name on the Keelboat PY Challenge Plate for 2021. This was Lars’s first Signature Sunday Series victory at the helm of Ikaroa – previously won by Michael Kaus & crew in 2019. Sangaree is a distant second, amassing 15 points from 3 races, with the best being her runner-up position in the Felkin Buoy Race. Brio’s consistency places her third, scoring a podium place on Round Tekong was the highlight of her 3 races.
A 3-way fight between Adona, Waka Tere and Born in Fire took place in the IRC Class – as all 3 boats were separated by only a point each going into the Felkin Buoy Race. Adona and Born in Fire struggled to keep pace with Waka Tere on the return leg, as she pulled away to cross the finish line second only to Red Rum One. She claimed victory on handicap, successfully defending her title for the 4th time in 5 years! Born in Fire took 2nd place 8 minutes behind, and Red Rum One‘s efforts awarded her with a 3rd just 4 minutes adrift. In the overall series, Adona’s win in the Round Tekong Race helped break the tie between her and Born in Fire, securing her a 2nd place finish.
Having scored a first in Round Tekong and second in the Round Ubin Race, it was Kaze‘s series to lose, going into yesterday’s Felkin Buoy race. Close rival Jaza Too was definitely not going to give up easily, sailing hard to claw her way back from a poor start. Despite her poor start, she fought tooth and nail to climb up and just pipped Ding Hao by 11 seconds to claim line honours and victory on handicap. On the other hand, Kaze failed to grasp the wind shifts in the west, struggling to keep up with the fleet as the race developed. She placed 6th on corrected time, effectively handing the 2021 Signature Sunday Series title and Multihull Challenge Plate to Jaza Too. After taking a break from racing over the past 3 weekends, Cicak returned to racing on the podium, a good effort by Sasha Hill on the helm. Her no-show in the Round Tekong and Round Ubin races meant that she finishes the series in 6th place. Despite placing 5th in the Felkin Buoy Race, two 3rd place finishes helped secure Miss Visayan‘s overall series position in 3rd on 11 points. A fantastic result from the Corsair 28R.
Kaze Cat screamed through the course at a blistering pace, leading the beach catamaran class from start to finish – missing out on the bullet by 14 seconds after corrected time. The win went to the leader of the F16s, as Madfish II crossed the line just ahead of the chasing pack of viper and taipan f16 catamarans. Sporting distinct red sails and a yellow fist motif, new boat Red Riot (helmed by not so new Scott McCook) just missed out on podium position, as she was beaten to it by the remaining viper on the course – Ripple V. Skipper Nick Wakai credits their good performance to sailing a safe race with no capsizes, something so simple but totally relevant at all levels of racing. The beach catamarans will complete their Signature Sunday Series on 28th February, where the fleet will attempt to complete the Round Tekong Race which they missed on 10th January due to the poor weather conditions.
Thank you all for participating in our Signature Sunday Series races – see you bright and early this Saturday for the 2-Island Race!
Signature Sunday Series Overall Results