With the prevailing restrictions only allowing 2 persons to sail at all times, the club pivoted to 2-up racing for the first 4 weekends in October, allowing racing to continue as scheduled. However, with the revised crew numbers, these races are stand-alone, and will not count towards the overall Sunday Series/Twilight Results for all class except for the Beach Catamarans, which are not affected.
A gentle easterly was all that was required to complete the pennant 3 course set up for the modest fleet of 11 boats, taking them to Changi Buoy, westwards to Serangoon and returning to finish at the club line. Despite the significant incoming tide after 3pm, all 11 boats managed to finish the race comfortably within the time limit.
In the IRC Class, Thomas & Marissa worked in sync to sail Born in Fire to victory, beating veterans Waka Tere by a substantial 4 minutes after handicap correction. Short-handed sailing created new opportunities for Minx’s skipper Lucas to play with creative headsail set-ups, optimizing his boat speed with his chosen genoa. In his pursuit of getting the best out of her headsail in the prevailing conditions, Minx was rewarded with a well-deserved 3rd to complete the podium winners.
Just 2 boats took part in the PY Class, Southern Light & Olmeto. Special mention to Simba – despite not meeting the criteria of having only 2-persons onboard, Atul and family had an enjoyable time on the course, sailing the Dehler 37 well to claim line honours together with the eligible participants. When the numbers were crunched, Southern Light took the win on corrected time.
Glad to see the Multihulls being represented by Gary & Aspiah on Miss Visayan. We look forward to the return of Jaza Too next week (we hear Graham is serving his QO as we speak). The only class still able to run the Sunday Series & Twilight Series as per normal was the Beach Catamarans. With a fleet of 4, it was refreshing to see renewed interest in cat racing. Emerging on top was Addiction, previously named Ripple V. She beat her fellow viper Bad Influence, who returns after a long break from sailing. Rounding up the top 3 was none other than Balqis II – the lone taipan F16 in the fleet.
Congratulations to all the winners, we look forward to more racing next week, as we continue with 2-up fun on the Saturday Twilight (9th October).