Sunday Series I 2023 (Race 3)

Club racing never fails to surprise – the predicted light winds for yesterday did not materialize, in its place was a 8-10 knot breeze from the South-East, taking sailors through the pennant 4 course with hardly a hiccup. The Keelboats were well represented, with 4 IRC and 6 PY Boats participating. A pair of Multihulls and Beach Catamarans made it a match race for both classes, a seemingly close contest for parts of the race.

In the Keelboat IRC Class, a near-perfect start from Adona cost them a penalty and possibly the win, as they clawed their way back from a pre-mature start to close the gap between them and close rivals Waka Tere. The Nelson 10 eventually took first place 13 seconds ahead on corrected time, a commendable job despite having to make a last-ditch maneuver to duck an outbound commercial vessel. Minx was a not-too-distant 3rd, rounding up the podium winners for the IRC Class.

After claiming an early lead, Invictus stretched their lead over the duration of the race, eventually establishing a 9 minute lead over her closest competitor in the PY Class. Despite the Mumm 30’s best efforts, she succumbed to Brio, whose 1hr 35min race was sufficient for her to seal the win ahead of Invictus on handicap. Remington’s efforts rewarded her with 3rd, just 7 seconds apart from Invictus.

Leading in the Multihull Class would be the bubbly Bula, welcoming special guest Pedro onboard. under his skillful helmsmanship, the Corsair 24 defended her advantage well and stayed ahead of Miss Visayan for the duration of the course, much to the crew’s delight. It was not all positive news for the multihulls, as Beach Catamaran maestro Jeremy Perrier suffered a capsize which resulted in him losing the boat’s tiller extension – effectively ending Addiction’s campaign for race 3. Kellie’s Twisted Creature by default earns her first bullet for this series! We look forward to increased participation in both the Multihull and Beach Catamaran Classes.

Thank you all for joining us and congratulations to all winners. Next week the Club is excited to host the Bintan Regatta Rerun @ Changi Sailing Club. 6 races over 2 days, hopefully with the most desirable wind conditions! First warning is at 1100hrs on Saturday, see you all on 29-30 April.


Race 3_Sunday Series I 2023 Results


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Twilight Series I 2023 (Race 2)

The inter-monsoon sadness continues this weekend, as sailors endured mirror-like waters and a stifling heat to complete Race 2 of the Twilight Series I. The extreme humidity and light airs meant that race organizers had to shorten the course for all sailors, ending their misery on their journey back from Squance buoy.

The IRC Class welcome back old hand Jong Dee – a J35 no stranger to  our racing scene. Having taken a break since the Ambassadors Cup last year, skipper Paul and crew took it easy on the course, taking their time to shake the rust off and get back into gear. She trails behind her rivals Simba and Waka Tere, with the latter excelling in the light air – leading the fleet comfortably from start to finish to score victory in the IRC Class. Simba was content, as her performance was respectable despite it being not her preferred wind condition.

We see the largest representation coming from the PY fleet, totaling 9 boats on the start line. The little boats prevailed in the light air, with all 3 boats on podium measuring under 24 feet. They took full advantage of the incoming breeze from the south west, closing the gap between them and the leaders. In first place on corrected time, we have Nevis! the Catalina 22 sport scored her first bullet for the series, capitalizing on the new wind direction to keep close to the fleet and eventually secure the top spot. Marut placed 2 minutes behind, a strong finish and first podium placing for skipper Guilherme this season. Brilliant Brio completed the triumphant trio in 3rd.

Speaking of triumphant trios, it was an epic photo-finish in the Multihull Class, as Bula, Sirius Swift and Miss Visayan crossed the line within seconds of each other in a nail-biting conclusion. The orange Corsair 880 made a surprising comeback with the incoming southwest breeze, catching up with leaders Bula and Miss Visayan who were stuck in the doldrums. It was then a race to the finish line with all 3 boats separated by mere metres. Sirius Swift clinched the win, just seconds ahead of Miss V and Bula – of which the former edged ahead to place 2nd by a second.

Congratulations to all the winners – and to all participants for persevering through the challenging conditions! See you next week for the 3rd race of our Sunday Series I (23 April).


Race 2_Twilight Series I 2023 Results

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Sunday Series I 2023 (Race 2)

You know the conditions were not very exciting when the highlight of the race was a shoe overboard. We continue with lacklustre winds this weekend, as the inter-monsoon season strikes with light and unpredictable winds, accompanied by a sprinkle of rain. The Sunday Series I, Race 2 sees a modest attendance of 11 boats on water, sans the beach cats. The beach catamaran sailors may have been the smartest of the lot, choosing to stay on shore while the rest of the participants spent over 2 hours in mostly glassy waters hunting for every puff of wind.

In the Multihull class, Miss Visayan and Bula return to match-race on the course, with the former emerging on top by just a minute ahead of Bula, finishing the journey to Serangoon buoy and back in 1hr 54min 38sec. Perhaps due to an underestimation of the light air and outgoing tide, it is also noteworthy that both boats were very late for their start, something that we have not seen in a long while.

The keelboats fared much better on the start line, with Adona leading the IRC fleet with one of the fastest spinnaker hoists after the start. Ahead from beginning to end, the J29 was nearly untouchable, even placing infront of the Mumm 30, Invictus. A late surge from Minx gave the crew of Adona a degree of tachycardia, but it was not enough for the X342 to overtake on corrected time, settling for 2nd just 2 minutes adrift. The short-handed Waka Tere could only muster a 3rd, the light-weight situation on board certainly an advantage in the light air.

Invictus’s performance while poorer than Adona’s, was plenty enough to claim her first bullet in the PY class, positioning herself comfortably atop 17 minutes ahead of her closest rival. The rest of the fleet despite being stuck in the doldrums for the longest time, managed to capitalize on a building breeze in the final 15 minutes of the race, with Shardana leading the pack. However, a lost shoe and a wind hole just before the finish line might have been too much for the Dufour 34, as she slipped to 5th on corrected time. Jock however did superbly well to catch up, placing 3rd across the line and 2nd on handicap! Completing the podium in 3rd would be none other than the buoyant Brio, improving on their 4th place finish in Race 1.

Congratulations to all winners, we now take a weekend off from racing to celebrate the Easter Holiday. See you on 15 April for the Twilight Series I, Race 2.


Race 2_Sunday Series I 2023 Results

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