Singapore Regatta 2024 (Passage Race)

The winds delivered! Sailors and Officials were treated to an unrelenting NorthEast Monsoon today, sending the fleet on an exhilarating 29 nautical mile journey along the East Johor Straits. All 23 boats made respectable time, with the slowest boat finishing well within the time limit. The wind conditions were gusty at times, and were the likely cause of the few broaches we observed throughout the course.

In the IRC Class 2023 defending champions Adona lead the pack, with the next boat a distant 9 minutes adrift on corrected time. Red Rum One’s efforts did however award her with line honours and a 2nd place finish – great result for Steve Manning and team’s new symmetrical set up. Further in the fleet was the sleek Silhouette, courting trouble behind Pulau Ubin. the Beneteau First 40.7 struggled with an uncontrolled broach, nearly sending her spinnaker for a trawling session. Just outside the podium finishers was the 30 foot speed machine – Kaizen. The Dehler 30 OD somehow could not get into the right groove along the straits, failing to catch up with the rest of the fleet after a late start.

Starting together with the IRC Fleet were the trio of J24s. What started out as a promising fleet of 5 whittled down to three, as Skippers cite schedule conflicts and lack of crew as the main reason for not participating. Nevertheless, it was a good mix of sailors from Balqis, RSYC Dua and Jock. Balqis showed experience and depth, as they confidently cruised through the course in a time of 5 and a half hours. The tussle for 2nd place was won by Jock, with both boats displaying a nail-biting charge to the finish line. Skippered by Caio Sullivan, Jock is most notable for their entire crew of students under 18 (almost)! Guided by their sailing instructor, these teenagers show us that dinghy skills are 100% transferable to keelboat sailing – Kudos to them. With their impressive performances, we can expect more exciting clashes amongst the 3 boats tomorrow.

Arguably the busiest start line with 9 on the course, the PY Keelboat Class was represented by boats as small as 23 feet to some as large as 50 feet. Firstlight’s return to CSC racing was most welcomed, as Simon Piff and team have shown support for all our events throughout the years. She sailed extremely well, but fell short by a mere 1 second on corrected time – surrendering victory to the remarkable Remington. Paul’s S&S 42 lapped up the prevailing conditions, and few can match her on a beam reach. The wily Waka Tere seem content with their performance 3-up, registering a 3rd place finish on corrected time in a very competitive fleet. We also have some notable visiting boats such as Rainbow Dream, skippered by affable Claire, and our dear friends from SAFYC, Millennium II! Skipper Ken Yap is no stranger to the Singapore Regatta and a keen supporter of the local sailing scene.

Sailing at a blistering pace, Bula was a cut above the rest today. Skipper Mike Flecker held a comfortable lead over her closest rival, Miss Visayan throughout most of the course. We are keen to see if Bula can maintain her form across the 3 remaining shorter races tomorrow. Miss V fended off a serious challenge from Sirius Swift, whose 3rd place finish is testament of her hard work and commitment. Special mention to the M23, sailing 2-up in the gusty NE proved a real test for Freddy and crew. Despite the odds, he placed a respectable 4th across the line.

Finally, despite starting an hour late, the 2 beach catamarans participating in the passage race seemed like they truly enjoyed the race course and wind conditions. Addiction screamed past all 21 boats to claim first across the line over all 5 classes. Pac Man overcame pre-race jitters a sailed a smooth race, completing the course in a time of 4hours and 2 mins. All in all, a great job by both Cats.

Over at the West side, 7 SB20s took to the seas to challenge for the coveted Tiger Challenge Trophy – awarded to the first boat that crosses the line for the passage race. Sailors had to navigate south to TVE 5, subsequently returning to finish on a challenging up-current and up-wind leg. Sitting right at the top, Monkey Boat skippered by Vaijanth Mayavan took line honours and first blood, placing ahead of The Sidewalk Cafe and Walababy respectively. Honourable mention goes to our visiting friends from China – Schonst Sailing. Skippered by Zhang Jun, the boat sailed well to place 4th, no mean feat considering this is their first time racing in Singapore waters.

Congratulations to the top performers – rest well and see you tomorrow for the remaining inshore races and closing ceremony for the 3rd Singapore Regatta.

Results

Singapore Regatta 2024 Passage Race Results_Final

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