CSC Two-Island Race 2024

After sailors had concluded the very successful Signature Sunday Series last weekend, Race Organizers thought it would be a great idea to follow up with another circumnavigation challenge – this time to conquer both the Granite and the Obstacle Island. To the uninitiated, Granite and Obstacle refer to Ubin and Tekong respectively, and the 28.8nM journey around both islands is an exciting navigational challenge in the prevailing NE Monsoon. The winds delivered on time, proving the 13 boats participating with good conditions to possibly re-write some standing records.

In the IRC Class, Minx and Silhouette represented the fleet in a two-way battle. The Beneteau First 40.7 sailed incredibly, despite not flying their spinnaker throughout the course. She was left lamenting what could have been; as their valiant attempt fell just 4 minutes short of the standing IRC record of 4hrs, 11mins and 12 secs, currently held by Waka Tere (2021). Minx fortunately did not experience any spinnaker issues – but were certainly feeling the physical toll of only sailing with 4 persons onboard. The X342 eventually grinded out a convincing victory 6 minutes ahead on corrected time.

Bouncing back from her erratic form during the Signature Sunday Series, Remington lapped up the off-the-wind conditions from yesterday’s race, taking full advantage to etch out a 3min 45sec margin over our friends from the west – RSYC Dua! The little J24 also did not have a great campaign for the Signature Sundays – therefore her 2nd place finish in the Two-Island Race is a step in the right direction and a strong encouragement for the team of budding sailors. Completing the podium winners would be last week’s Round Tekong Race runner-up, Forever Young. She out-sailed Waka Tere, to maintain a margin of less than 1 minute across the finish line, securing her a 3rd place finish on corrected time.

The 12-16 knots of breeze provided the perfect platform for the multihulls and beach catamarans to spread their wings, as they flew around the course at blistering speeds averaging 8-12knots. In an unfortunate twist of fate, the crew aboard Twisted Creature had a bad bout of sea-sickness, forcing the team to retire early. This left Addiction and Nacra 15 to challenge for top spot in the beach catamaran class. The latter prevailed, capitalizing on Addiction’s equipment malfunction and capsize – claiming an easy win over the Viper F16. With the problems he faced, skipper Jeremy Perrier fell just 9mins and 35 secs short of the record time, currently held by Kaze Cat, a Nacra 20 skippered by Damien Geoffray in 2021’s edition.

In the Multihull Class, Kublai Khan conquered the course and rewrote the Two-Island record by 2 mins and 17 secs – completing the passage in a time of 3hrs 10mins and 57 secs. Coincidentally, the previous record held by Ding Hao in 2021 was also skippered by Scott McCook – the veteran multihull sailor continues to set the performance standards for the fleet. Miss Visayan comes in a close 2nd, and the surprise package in the class was a small one – Gogga! The little insect fumbled a little on the downwind after the start, but stabilized to keep up with the corsair fleet, earning Clive a well-deserved place on the podium.

Thank you everyone for joining us for the Two-Island Race 2024 – we had a blast watching all 13 boats complete the course at an incredible pace. We hope the wind maintains for the next few weeks, as we close in on the Catamaran Championship (3-4 Feb), Singapore Regatta (16-18 Feb), Trimaran Championship (24-25 Feb), Commodores Cup (2-3 Mar) and Bintan Regatta (29-31 Mar). See you all soon.

Results

Twoisland Results 2024

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