Scheduled a few days after the Lunar New Year festivities, the next exciting instalment of our CSC Sailing Festival did not disappoint – 2022’s Two-Island Race was conducted in a roar-some 15-20 knots of north-easterly breeze and a sprinkle of rain. It was not without drama, as we witnessed multiple torn sails and a botched asymmetrical spinnaker maneuver over the course of the day.
One of the 2 damaged sails belonged to Red Rum One, whose torn mainsail forced her to retire mid-way through the passage. If not for her equipment failure, she could have been well on her way to a podium finish in the IRC Class. Close rivals Jong Dee and Waka Tere had much better fortunes on the course, surviving the gusts and squalls to both complete the course under 4 hr 30mins. When the numbers were crunched, Jong Dee’s line honours and 9 minutes lead was not able to survive the handicap correction, eventually settling for 2nd place 1 minute behind Waka Tere. In 3rd place was MINX – the X342 made few errors on the passage, resulting in a comfortable and deserving podium placing.
Being the fleet with the earliest start time, PY Keelboats are given a longer time to complete the course due to the slower average speed of the fleet. However, the winds yesterday was so good that all boats finished well before the prescribed time limit, allowing for ample time to spend at the bar. At the top of the fleet was the mighty Sangaree. scoring line honours 1 minute 20 secs ahead of the chasing Silhouette. However the Holland 44 slipped to 4th on corrected time, as the 3 chasing 30-40 footers all finished within 20 minutes of Sangaree – an insufficient margin to reward her with a place on the podium. Apart from Silhouette, the other 2 were Simba and Sapphire Star – with the former being in brilliant form this year. The Dehler 39 once again took the win, placing ahead of Silhouette by 3 minutes. Sapphire Star sneaked between Silhouette and Sangaree to score 3rd, completing the winners in the PY Class.
In the Multihull Class, we welcome new-old boat, Ragnarok, a Corsair 28r previously named Bubble Space. She had recently been given a facelift, and now sports a fresh port-starboard design on her hull. Skippered by the slippery Scott, she was untouchable on the course, leading the fleet of 6 by a comfortable 14 minute margin. Phoenix, the lone M23 amongst the Corsairs faired well to take 2nd place on corrected time, beating favourites Jaza Too in the process. This event serves as good practice for next week’s Trimaran Championships, which will see Singapore’s best Trimaran sailors come together to race in a fleet racing format over 2 days (12-13 February).
The Beach Catamaran Class was represented by 6 boats which consisted of 4 Viper F16s and 2 Nacras. Kaze Cat had a good day up till the point he capsized and suffered a ripped mainsail. Despite the damage, she continued to race and completed the course in good time, earning herself a 3rd on the podium. We are pleased to see Madfish II’s return to racing – skipper Doug Fimmell was last spotted dabbling in some Nacra 15 sailing together with fellow member Uli Braun. For this race, the dynamic duo ‘s performance on Madfish II was not enough for a victory, struggling to surpass the superior speed and tactics from Jeremy Perrier’s Addiction. His timing of 2hr 44min 41sec was unfortunately not quite enough to beat the 2021 record set by Kaze Cat (2hr 27min 55sec).
Congratulations to all the winners – we now focus on the remaining day for the ongoing ILCA & Topper Monsoon Regatta, all the best to the young participants!