CSC Twilight Series I 2024 (Race 3)

The last weekend of April ushered in the inter-monsoon conditions, with fickle winds and sporadic showers accompanying the ongoing heatwave across south-east asia. Thankfully for the sailors, the 3rd race of the Twilight series had sufficient winds from a north-easterly direction for the multihull fleet to complete the full course and carrying the keelboat fleet and the lonely beach catamaran for 1.5 laps around changi and squance.

In the IRC fleet, only Jong Dee and Simba were in attendance, 2 of the most decorated and experienced teams in the past decade. The J35 did not seem on top of her game on Saturday, as she struggled to overtake Simba on the final lap to finish. Atul, skipper of the Dehler 39 overcame severe jetlag to steer his team ahead of her rivals, and stayed ahead to secure their first bullet for the season.

Simon Connor’s star continues to shine brightly in the Twilight Series, as Sapphire Star claims her 2nd consecutive bullet to propel ahead in the overall standings. She defended well against a hungry brio, whose skipper had missed out on previous races due to a surgery, and the wiley Waka Tere, who were probably quite content with their 3rd place finish on corrected time. A starboard-port situation on the 2nd upwind between Jock and Remington was the only blemish on an otherwise smooth completion of the race for the PY fleet.

We had 4 boats representing the multihull fleet, and Miss Visayan was in dominant form. She continues her win streak, staying ahead of Dot Dot Dot to secure another bullet for the series. Sirius Swift deployed a secret weapon for Race 3, welcoming aboard an Asian Games medallist to provide tactical and technical expertise. It seems she reaped rewards from Wee Chin’s presence, as the Corsair 880 managed to place ahead of Bula to score the final place on the podium. Bubble Trouble stayed out of trouble to complete the race at a leisurely pace. Many thanks to Will and crew for continuing to support our events as the sole beach catamaran representative.

Congratulations to all winners. Happy Labour Day and see you all next week for race 4 of the Sunday Series I.

Results

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CSC Sunday Series I 2024 (Race 3)

With the NE Monsoon well and fully departed, sailors are left with the uncertainty of the inter-monsoon season – complete with thundery showers and fickle winds. The day started with becalmed conditions, and a gentle easterly breeze saved the start from being delayed. Due to the light winds, a pennant 1 course was chosen, keeping all 14 boats on a short course to changi buoy and back.

The significant outgoing tide at the start caused some chaos for both fleets, resulting in premature starts from Silhouette, Forever Young, Dot Dot Dot and Enter the Dragon. The Young 84 was not so much over the line as they were late for the start, struggling to return to the start line from the middle of the channel. Jasper and crew however bounced back to secure top spot in the PY Class, placing 30 seconds ahead of close friends and rivals Waka Tere on corrected time. The light winds proved too much for team Birregurra, as the Hanse 415 struggled to get into her groove throughout the race, eventually placing 3rd. Jock’s race ended early, with the scorching sun a little too much for the team to handle.

The IRC Class stood proud as the biggest fleet in attendance – not something we see every weekend! 6 boats on the start line and all very capable of mounting a serious challenge. It was however no surprise that Jellico emerged victorious, as the J24 does have some advantage in the light airs. Her big sister (Adona) was left to contend for 2nd place, but succumbed to the patchy conditions on the final downwind to surrender 2nd place to Minx. The X342 had a good day out, clean maneuvers and an experienced crew made all the difference.

Miss Visayan and Bula return to battle it out for top spot on the course, but Dot Dot Dot stole the show with her tight rounding at Changi Buoy – so tight that her port ama kissed the mark ! Kudos to the skipper and team for the attempt at what could have been an excellent mark-rounding, as well as a quick recovery after that. She eventually placed third, with Miss Visayan and Bula claiming first and second respectively.

Thank you everyone for joining us this weekend, see you on Friday for Members Night, and Saturday for Race 3 of the Twilight Series.

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CSC Twilight Series I 2024 (Race 2)

The Twilight Series continues to enjoy exceptional weather, as the 18 boats participating yesterday breezed through the course in a comfortable 8-10 knots of wind from the North East. Amidst the rain on Friday and now becalmed conditions today, Saturday’s sunshine and fresh breeze was a window of opportunity enjoyed by all.

Some may have gotten carried away with the wind – and who can blame them? Bubble Trouble was the only beach catamaran participating, and she thoroughly relished the sail along the east johor straits – so much so that she passed CSC 1 on the wrong side, earning her skipper and crew a down-down for the mistake. Nevertheless, CSC gave her the win, and a gentle reminder to sail the correct course.

There was an impressive 6 boats on the start line for the Multihull class. We welcome the return of Dot Dot Dot and Gogga, with the latter notably racing as the smallest multihull in the fleet. Miss Visayan, Dot Dot Dot and Gogga were slightly overzealous on the start line, earning a dip below the line to exonerate themselves. It was an incredible game of pursuit, as Miss Visayan and Dot Dot Dot tore through the fleet to contend with Bula and Sirius Swift for a place on the podium. Unfortunately for Bula, a ripped spinnaker dropped her to 3rd overall, as Miss Visayan and Dot Dot Dot cemented their positions in 1st and 2nd respectively.

In the PY Class, Sapphire Star bounced back from a heart-wrenching 3-second loss on corrected time from the first race of the series, to claim a convincing victory in Race 2. Skipper Simon Connor was all smiles, as she subdued the likes of Birregurra and Waka Tere, strong contenders who scored 2nd and 3rd respectively – with only 7 seconds separating them. Remington was left lamenting what could have been, if they had executed a perfectly timed start. The S & S 42 lost precious time exonerating herself after a premature start, and eventually clawed her way back to a 4th place finish.

The IRC Class was represented by Red Rum One, Jong Dee, Minx and Simba. The largest in the fleet was also the fastest, as the Archambault 40 scored a comfortable line honours, but not unusually, succumbed to corrected time and settling for 2nd overall. She was bested by the J35, Jong Dee. With Paul away, their young crew Josei took up the challenge of helming the vessel to victory. He met the objective, as she sailed well and looked in complete control throughout the race. The battle for 3rd was between Simba and Minx, but the breezy conditions took a physical toll on the latter’s solo efforts, allowing Simba to solidify her position in 3rd.

Congratulations to all the winners – we look forward to having all of you back for Race 3 of the Sunday Series on 21st April.

Results

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CSC Sunday Series I (Race 2)

Another day in paradise. With the UV index hitting extreme highs in recent weeks, the unexpected North-Easterly blow was a much welcomed relief for the sailors. The fleet was represented by a modest mix of 7 keelboats and 3 multihulls, with a number of the regulars taking a break from the intense NE Monsoon season, or maybe just avoiding the brutal heat.

Birregurra and Miss Visayan had recently returned from the picturesque Bintan, Indonesia, spending the easter weekend sailing in the 2nd Bintan Regatta. Their experience seemed to shine through, as both boats won their respective classes quite comfortably. The Corsair 28 was up against fierce rivals Bula and the Dragonfly 25, Enter the Dragon. Apart from a near-miss at the notorious chek jawa sandbar, Miss Visayan looked comfortable on the course, creating a substantial lead on the chasing pair, eventually crossing the line in first place. Bula was the best of the rest, claiming the remaining spot on the podium.

In the Keelboat PY Class, Birregurra lapped up the day’s wind conditions, putting on a display of pure boat speed right off the start, going toe-to-toe with the IRC Class’s fastest boat, Red Rum One. The Hanse 415 performed well to stay ahead of more decorated rivals Waka Tere and Forever Young, scoring a bullet for Race 2. The Young 84’s full crew may have been the edge they needed, as she secured 2nd place by a slim margin ahead of Waka Tere’s familiar 2-up combination of Kurt & Gill. Despite Jock’s best efforts, the lack of a spinnaker on the downwind leg and errors on the upwind leg proved too large a deficit to overcome, settling for 4th overall.

The Keelboat IRC Class was represented by Adona, Red Rum One and Jong Dee. The smallest of the three also proved to be the fastest, as she breezed through the course in clinical fashion, producing a very convincing victory on corrected time. The battle between the Archambault 40 and the J35 was however much closer, with the latter clinching 2nd place by a mere 3 seconds on handicap. What a thrilling result for both boats.

It seems the heat is here to stay – keep cool and go sailing!

Results

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