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.