If we had to use 1 word to describe the series of events yesterday, it would be… Broken.
Under the intense 18 – 25 knots North Easterly winds, many things were broken during yesterday’s Two-Island Race:
- Sangaree smashed the standing record for the keelboats by 12 minutes (Red Rum, 2020)
- Buay Kaola rewrote the Multihull record (Ding Hao, 2020) by a staggering 42 minutes
- Kaze Cat eclipsed the previous Beach Catamaran record (Taipan F16, 2020) by nearly an hour
- Ripple V suffered a dismasting just east of Pulau Tekong
- Miss Visayan broke their rudder right after a perfect start
- Ding Hao snapped one of their lines/halyards during the race
- Many more unaccounted equipment failures spread out over the entire fleet.
Despite the numerous mishaps, there was plenty to cheer about, with all participants managing to return to shore safely. Special mention to Baby Beluga – for rendering assistance to the dismasted Ripple V, effectively forgoing their opportunity to complete the circumnavigation of Pulau Tekong & Pulau Ubin.
With Born in Fire unable to muster a crew together and Red Rum + Jong Dee out of action for maintenance/repairs, the IRC Class was represented by Waka Tere & Adona, the 2 smallest boats of the fleet. Waka Tere thrived in yesterday’s conditions, crossing the line in 4 hours 11 mins – a record time bested only by Sangaree from the PY Class. Adona had to play second fiddle to the Nelson 10’s performance, taking a distant 2nd place 27 mins behind on corrected time.
The PY class flexed their muscles in the off-the-wind angles, with Sangaree not needing to put their kite up for the entire race and still emerging with a new record time for the fastest circumnavigation on the Two-Island Race for a keelboat. The rest of the PY Class were not far behind, with most boats completing the course under 6 hours. Even newbies Rumbottle crossed the line in a commendable timing of 6hrs 16mins. When the numbers were crunched, Remington yet again took the bullet – 8 mins ahead of the mighty Sangaree. Her start-line antics were bordering on reckless, nearly causing a collision at CSC 1. Despite a self-imposed handicap (OCS) at the start, she quickly recovered to catch up with the fleet on the approach to South Nelayan Buoy, paving her way to victory around the 2 islands. Ikaroa continued their winning ways from their triumph in the Signature Sundays, completing the podium in 3rd.
Equipment failure did little to stop Ding Hao on her quest to retain their 2020 Two-Island title, as they beat their previous timing by 41 mins to claim victory in the Multihull Class. Buay Kaola’s efforts positioned her just 30 seconds ahead of Ding Hao at the finish, a margin too small to see the Corsair 970 overtake Ding Hao on handicap. She can take comfort in knowing that her’s will be the timing to beat for all multihulls in future editions of this race. Tri Harder definitely seemed more polished on water yesterday, as she secured third on corrected time, ahead of fellow corsairs Jaza Too & Cicak across the line. It was a sad day for Miss Visayan, as a broken rudder left them without steerage just after a perfectly executed start, effectively ending their campaign for this edition.
With only half the fleet eventually successfully completing the course, the weather proved too challenging for some of the sailors and their boats. Kaze Cat now holds the timing to beat in the beach catamaran class, completing her circumnavigation in 2hrs 27mins 55secs. She took line honours, but could not shake off the chasing Madfish II – slipping to 2nd place on corrected time. Stray Catz struggled in the prevailing wind conditions, crossing the line about 45mins behind the leading pair. Kudos to these 3 boats, and the remaining 3 for their valiant attempts to conquer this iconic race in the prevailing conditions.
Congratulations to all winners – we look forward to another exciting weekend of racing on 6/7 February, as we commence the Trimaran Nationals at Changi Sailing Club. Nothing like a fleet of Multihulls blitzing through the East Johor Straits in a fresh NE breeze!