After a 2 week break from racing, the club commenced 2021’s Sunday Series programme on 11th April. The Sunday Series attracts members and sailors of all sailing levels, providing a competitive fleet and a variety of sailing courses to test your sailing skills. The forecasted 7-9 knots of wind showed up on time, providing the 27-strong fleet a beautiful downwind leg to Serangoon before returning on an upwind beat to finish at the Club Line.
It has been a long while since the IRC Class had 6 boats participating at one go, what a refreshing sight! We welcome back Jong Dee, skippered by the Club’s Rear Commodore (Sailing), Mr Paul Kendall. Out of action for a couple of months due to maintenance/repairs, it was great to see her back in the thick of the fray. Despite her long absence, Jong Dee finished 5th just 6 seconds behind Minx – a commendable effort from the team. A relatively short course meant that Red Rum One had little opportunity to extend her lead, eventually settling for 3rd on corrected time. the fight for first place was between this year’s Commodore’s Cup and Sailfest Regatta champions, Adona & Waka Tere. The latter drew first blood, coming up on top by a slim 1 min 13 secs.
With 11 boats participating, the PY fleet was once again the largest fleet on water. We have 1 new entry this year – a catalina 22, Montserrat. Skippered by Adrian Janssen, the little boat held her own to complete the course in a respectable time of 2hrs 13mins. At the top of the table we also have a little boat turning heads, as Brio triumphed against bigger and quicker boats in the fleet. Despite a poor start, Invictus redeemed herself to perform well on the remaining legs to claim line honours and 2nd on handicap just 2 minutes behind Brio. Shardana completes the podium in 3rd with a safe and solid performance all round – crediting her results to the prevailing wind conditions.
A trio of trimarans represented the Multihull Class, of which one of the boats is racing in our Sunday Series for the very first time! Under the skillful guidance of Scott McCook, the team on 4Adventure were all smiles throughout the course, completing their first race of the season in 1hr 25mins. Despite trailing behind Cicak after the first mark rounding, Jaza Too eventually caught up and dashed ahead of her nippy rival, claiming victory by a comfortable 4 minutes.
The Beach Catamarans also see a new entry with an old hand at the helm. Uli Braun’s latest catamaran acquisition is an A-Class Catamaran (or A-Cat), a development class sailing catamaran for single-handed racing. Not unlike her name, A Loof was quite cool and distant from the rest of the fleet – as her skipper continues to learn and understand the boat better. At the top of the table, Madfish II opens her Sunday Series account with a win, placing first on corrected time just 46 seconds ahead of Stray Catz. She managed to fend off 2 chasing vipers, with Bad Influence emerging the better of the 2, claiming the remaining podium position ahead of Ripple V.
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you all for joining us this weekend! We look forward to racing again on 24th April (Twilight Series I – Race 1).