Twilight Series III – Race 1

Just as we were getting into the groove of regular weekly club racing, the government announces new safe management measures reducing number of persons allowed to go sailing from 5 to 2, effectively suspending our Sunday Series III and Twilight Series III from 27 September to 24 October. Yesterday’s Twilight Series III – Race 1 saw a modest total of 11 Keelboats, 3 Multihulls and 2 Beach Catamarans participating. With storm clouds circling the sailing area and multiple wind holes littered across the channel, it certainly looked like a tricky course to navigate.

In the IRC Class, Waka Tere opened their Series account with a hard-earned victory, fending off a solid performance from Jellico throughout the passage. Jellico made good inroads on the final upwind leg to eventually reduce the winning margin to a narrow 43 seconds on corrected time. Completing the podium in 3rd was an unlikely trio on Skybird. Against a fleet of experienced IRC competitors, Edwin Low and his motley crew of cruising sailors sailed the Dehler 34 exceedingly well to secure the 2nd runner up position ahead of Minx and Simba in 4th & 5th respectively.

Despite starting behind the fleet due to a premature start, Shardana sailed a good race to catch up and overtake everyone and eventually claim line honours. However, she could not put enough distance between her and the chasing pack, spurred on by a strengthening breeze towards the end of the race. This resulted in the Dufour 34 placing 6th on corrected time – edged out by the rest of the fleet which took full advantage of the stronger winds to close the gap. Coming out on top was the little Catalina, Montserrat. We understand that she had just been put up for sale – if anyone is looking to purchase a cute and easy handling keelboat, please visit our notice board for more details. Remington placed 2nd, escaping an initial scare due to an entanglement at her mooring to claim a place on the podium. Olmeto outperformed the rest of the fleet to complete the podium in 3rd.

A trio of trimarans and a pair of catamarans represented the multihull/beach catamaran fleet. It was exciting to see Bula attempting (and winning) her first race under the careful tutelage of Scott McCook. Congratulations! – we hope that Bula has gained enough confidence to race with us on a more regular basis. Also great to see the return of Buay Kaola, sailed by John Tay with a star-studded crew which included veterans Alice & Campbell. Despite some halyard issues on the course, the Corsair 970 managed to hold on to her lead over Phoenix, taking 2nd place across the line and after handicap correction. Balqis II was the run-away winner for the Beach Catamaran Class! Special mention to Babe for her valiant effort and never-give-up attitude – exhausting the time-limit in her attempt to complete the race.

Congratulations to all the winners! Despite the tightened measures, please look forward to some adjusted 2-up racing over the next few weeks. Further updates will be sent out during the week.

Results

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Sunday Series III – Race 1

With community cases and stress levels conjointly rising, what better way to escape today’s realities and de-stress, than to go sailing? We resumed Sunday Series III racing on 19th September, kicking off the series with a clockwise circumnavigation of Pulau Ubin (Pennant 6, green). Tricky winds all over the course kept the sailors on their toes, as they endeavoured to take the quickest route around the island.

One of the few notable changes was the renaming of Adona to Jellico, as Ad Smit’s decorated J24 is now under the safe helmsmanship of new owner, Cedric Declercq. Already familiar with the set-up and layout from his time as crew onboard Adona, it seemed like fish to water for Cedric going into his first race as skipper & owner of the newly christened Jellico – as he successfully completed and finished 3rd in the IRC Class. A commendable result, only behind veterans Waka Tere and Born in Fire in 2nd & 1st respectively. The X99 lead by a comfortable margin, capitalizing on Waka Tere‘s poor start to help put sufficient distance between the two of them to claim the first bullet of the Series.

In the PY Class, it was a struggle for the boats which did not fly their spinnakers, reducing them to a slow crawl north of Ubin. This may have played a part in the eventual DNFs for Montserrat, Olmeto & Remington – a shame considering all boats were in sight when the time limit was exhausted. Kudos to all 3 boats for the valiant effort! At the opposing end of the fleet, Invictus sailed superbly to claim victory by a comfortable 7 minutes on corrected time. The Farr 30 was far ahead of 2nd placed Southern Light, who performed surprisingly well in the fickle conditions. Completing the podium for the PY Class was Tim Hill and crew on the Club’s Platu 25 (Notus).

Good things come in pairs. We had a pair of boats representing the Multihull and Beach Catamaran Classes, with few openings to duel/match race due to the nature of the course. This effectively turned the race into a perfect opportunity to practice techniques and drills throughout the passage. The faster of two boats were Kaze and Addiction for the Multihull and Beach Catamaran Classes respectively.

Congratulations to all winners – thank you all 19 teams for participating! We look forward to commencing our Twilight Series III on 25th September, 1600hrs.

Results

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Sunday Series II – Race 5

After a great day out for the final race of our Twilight Series II, we thought conditions could not get any better for the weekend…. but it did! Blessed with a strengthening South-Easterly Breeze which at times peaked above 10 knots, participants of the Sunday Series II – Race 5 reveled in the amazing sailing conditions as they competed on a pennant 8 course – bringing them on a beat to North Angler and back.

The IRC Class was hotly contested between Waka Tere and Adona, 2 boats separated by 1 point after 3 races. The J24 emerged with an advantage in the upwind-downwind course, as her symmetrical spinnaker proved superior to Waka Tere‘s asymmetrical set-up in the prevailing conditions. Minx notched her best performance in the series, completing the podium in 3rd on corrected time. Adona‘s win in race 5 secured her victory in the overall Sunday Series II, completing the series with 7 points from 4 races. Waka Tere‘s 5th place finish was enough to affirm her runner-up position, 4 points ahead of the X99, Born in Fire. Born in Fire‘s excellent performance (line honours & 2nd place) in the final race made all the difference, having kicked off with a disadvantage due to issues with her IRC.

In the PY Class, Simba sealed her win with a 3rd position today, completing the series with a 9 point lead over her closest rival, Invictus. The Mumm 30 did her best to take a bullet in the final race, making it on to the podium for the 3rd time in 4 races. She sits a comfortable 8 points in front of Remington, whose 10th place finish in the final race was enough to fend of the remaining teams vying for a podium position. Special mention goes to Olmeto, registering an impressive performance after a long cruising break for much of August. She scored 2nd on corrected time for Race 5, beating larger and quicker boats more adept at sailing windward-leeward courses.

We see a larger turn-out in the Sunday series for the Multihull Class, closely contested between Kaze and Phoenix. Both Trimarans were separated by a point, and the M23 certainly brought her A-game and sailed well to place ahead of the Corsair in the final race. However, that only resulted in a tie overall, which Kaze won due to more firsts in the series compared to the M23. Newcomers Phish claimed the remaining bullet by winning Race 5, under the steady helmsman-ship of skipper Scott McCook.

Ripple V and Stray Catz return to cross swords for the final race of the series, with the latter inching ahead to claim line honours for Race 5. It was however not enough, as Ripple V took victory on handicap. Ripple V won convincingly in the series, with 4 bullets from 4 races. Consistency made all the difference for new entrants Babe, as they took part in every race for the series to earn herself a well-deserved 3rd overall.

Congratulations to all the winners, another exciting day with glorious conditions! Thank you all for the support over the past few months – we look forward to welcoming everyone back on 19th and 25th September respectively for the Sunday Series III and Twilight Series III.

Results

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Sunday Series II Overall Results

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Twilight Series II – Race 5

We kicked off the finals weekend with the Twilight Series II, Race 5. With similar conditions to last week’s race, sailors were once again treated to near-perfect weather on the start line, clear skies with a steady south-easterly breeze. The keelboats enter this weekend with close competition for the podium positions in both IRC and PY, and they certainly delivered a splash of action on the course to secure their best performance and hopefully their preferred position in the overall standings.

In the IRC Class, Red Rum One was the runaway winner, placing first in the final race to finish this series with a lean 5 points from 4 races. Trailing in a distant 2nd, Kurt Metzger’s Waka Tere did commendably, despite sailing solo for half of the series. She placed 2nd in the final race to secure 2nd overall on 15 points, just one point ahead of Minx. The X342 completed the podium in 3rd, edging out close rivals Simba, Adona and Skybird to take 3rd in the Series as well. It is encouraging to see such close racing in the IRC Class, and definitely exciting to see the class grow in both size and ability.

Consistency was key to Shardana‘s victory in the PY Class. despite an average showing throughout the series, her attendance for all races coupled with her best placing today (2nd) resulted in her victory in the Twilight Series II. Completing the Series with 18 points, it was a win of the slimmest of margins, just 1 point ahead of Southern Light with 19 points. Remington’s win in Race 5 secured her place on the overall podium, pushing down an unfortunate Sangaree into 4th as she struggled to hold her lead after a poor showing in the final race. Special mention goes to the boats in 5th to 7th tied on 27 points. Montserrat, Birregurra and Boreas all had moments of brilliance throughout the series, and definitely should not be ruled out when we resume racing in Series III!

No-show from the Beach Cats and Multihulls today meant that Stray Catz is the default winner for Twilight Series II, just because of her diligent attendance, rain or shine. We await the return of the multihull sailors in Series III.

Congratulations to all the winners – see you tomorrow for the 5th and final race of the Sunday Series II!

Results

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