2022 Sunday Series II Race 4 (Final)

After an incredibly slow Saturday Twilight Race, the wind conditions at the start of the Sunday Series II Race 4 seemed like a treat – a gentle but consistent south-southwest breeze in cool and cloudy weather meant that race organisers could finally plan a full course for all sailors. The pennant 5 flag was displayed, signaling to participants that the route would take the fleet to Serangoon-CSC 1-Squance and back for the finish.

Simba executed a good start for the IRC Class, setting the pace for the david vs goliath match between her and Jellico. Despite creating a significant gap between them, the margin fell just short of 13 seconds to deny the Dehler 39 a weekend double victory.  In the overall series, Simba claimed the win comfortably, leading by 6 points. After her win yesterday, Jellico secured her spot in 2nd placing just 1 point ahead of Jong Dee in 3rd.

Our 2 most consistent attendees Birregurra and Marut continued their unwavering support for the Club Series, flying the flag high for both the PY A and B Keelboat Classes. Their participation and victory was mirrored in the overall series results, as both Birregurra and Marut topped the table in their respective classes.

In the Multihull Class, Bula and Miss Visayan kept us on the edge of our seats! The racing was incredibly close, and it was exciting to watch the 2 corsairs coursing through the East Johor Straits in hot pursuit! It was eventually Bula‘s victory, but only by the slimmest of margins; 9 seconds. Bula has also been a consistent supporter of the Club Series, her attendance rivalled by the only other boat on the course – Miss Visayan. Great to see Skipper Michael and his daughter taking turns to helm across the series and performing consistently well.

The Beach Catamaran Class also had a powerful father & child combo, as Addiction bounced back from a late start to claim victory ahead of fellow viper, Babe. The latter had a wet welcome-back sail, capsizing not once, not twice, but 3 times over the course of the afternoon. Nevertheless, it was a good time out and also an opportunity to shake off the rust after the extended break from racing. Addiction won the overall series with 3 bullets from 4 races, the most consistent participant in her class.

Congratulations to all the winners! Despite the small numbers, we are glad to continue with our club series during this period, and the support of our regular boaters on water. We look forward to a relaxing break next week, where we host the children and caretakers from Rainbow Centre Singapore for a morning joy sail (24th September).

Sunday Series III and Twilight Series III commences on 2nd & 8th October respectively. See you at the Club!

18 September Results

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2022 Twilight Series II Race 4 (Final)

With the weather in Singapore forecasted to be wet for the rest of September due to the prevailing southwest monsoon conditions persisting over the island and surrounding region, race organizers were hopeful for some byproducts of the resulting Sumatra Squalls – providing much needed wind on a becalmed Saturday afternoon.

Alas, it was not meant to be, as the 4 participating boats were once again tested in the light and patchy conditions. It looked at times excruciating, as boats inched across the course, the crew onboard scanning the horizons for the next puff /pressure. Miss Visayan, the only Multihull representative was the first to break away from the fleet of 4, capitalizing on a wind line which took her across the channel and closer to Pulau Ubin. She eventually cruised to an incredible 36 minute lead on the fleet. Simba from the PY A Class outclassed the remaining trio, delivering a strong performance to win the PY A Class with a clean sheet. She beats old pal and close rival Birregurra, who also deservingly claims 2nd place and overall 2nd in the Twilight Series II. Big thank you to both boats for taking part in all available races for this series.

In addition to the poor attendance from the fleet, being the only PY B boat on water for Race 4 meant that Marut could have retired after starting the race and still have won the Twilight Series II title – but where’s the Fun in that? The Jeanneau Fun proceeds to do the right thing and races anyway, giving the 2 PY A boats some much needed companionship on the slow and painful course.

The IRC and Beach Catamaran Classes were absent on the course – we hope to see more boats for the Sunday Series II Finals commencing at 2pm today. Congratulations to all winners and see you later on water!

Results

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Twilight Series II Overall Results

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2022 Twilight Series II Race 3

Club Racing continues to be affected by international travel, as many of our regulars struggle to maintain a consistent schedule to commit to our weekly Sunday Series and Twilight Races. Nevertheless, the participation for yesterday’s Twilight Series II Race 3 seemed to have increased, totaling 10 boats on the start line. The light southerly breeze meant that sailors raced with the winds on their beam, kicking off with a slow westerly jaunt to Squance.

In the PY A Class, Simba took an early lead and consolidated her position in the subsequent legs to claim her 3rd win from 3 races. She goes into the final race next week as the confirmed winner of the Keelboat PY A Class. Boreas was a distant 2nd, as Matt Brooks returns from a long break to charter the Platu and contest for the remaining 2 races of the series. While Boreas is unlikely to usurp Birregurra in the overall Twilight Series II Results, she stands a good chance of claiming 3rd in the Class. Birregurra‘s consistent attendance has placed her comfortably in 2nd overall, despite finishing last for race 3.

After the match race last weekend during the Sunday Series II Race 3, Marut and Windflirt return to battle in the Keelboat PY B Class Twilight Race. The Jeanneau Fun’s decision to start on windward and sail through the moorings proved costly, as she succumbed to the patchy and unpredictable wind conditions closer to shore. She later found herself in a tango with a commercial vessel, costing her valuable time. The chasing Achilles 24 once again showed us that she can sail well even in the light breeze, capitalizing on her errors and keeping close to Marut throughout the course to finish well within her handicap allowance – scoring a deserved victory. With all boats only having taken part in 1 out of the 3 races completed thus far, any participating boat would automatically be in contention for the overall Twilight Series II PY B winner.

We see a similar situation in the IRC and Beach Catamaran Classes, as we approach the series final with no clear winner and all to play for on 17th September. As the IRC Boats have not been participating for the past 2 races, we hope to see their return on Saturday. In the Beach Catamaran Class, Doug Fimmell’s Madfish II bounced back from a poor start to take the lead in yesterday’s race, eventually claiming line honours and victory amongst her fellow vipers. An early retirement from Addiction bumped Babe up to 2nd place, a morale boosting result for her first race after the holidays.

Bula‘s perfect attendance and good performance translated into a clean sweep of  Race 1 to 3, securing her overall victory in the Twilight Series II no matter the result of the final race on Saturday. She leads a comfortable 5 points ahead of Miss Visayan, and Cicak completes the trio of Trimarans in 3rd for the Multihull Class overall standings.

Thank you all for participating – do join us for the Twilight Series II and Sunday Series II Finale next week (17-18 September). We are excited and keeping our fingers crossed for some good winds and clear skies to complete the Series on a high!

Race 3 Results

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2022 Sunday Series II Race 3

What seemed like a promising westerly system prior to the start of the Sunday Series II, Race 3 swiftly deflated to a painful 1-3 knot breeze, thankfully accompanied by an insignificant tidal flow. The race route took sailors to Squance Buoy and back, an appropriate length for the prevailing conditions.

The biggest class of the day deliver racing with some mark rounding excitement, as the 4 boats in the IRC Class kept the competition close throughout the course. And early departure on starboard tack did not pay off for Jellico, having to pinch through the moorings – sacrificing speed for height to clear the moor vessels in her path. Eventually the J24 returned to meet the rest of the fleet left her trailing slightly, commencing her catch-up plan in the becalmed weather. She clawed back to claim a well-deserved 2nd place finish, playing second fiddle to Minx. The X342 claimed line honours and victory on corrected time, sailing well in the flat waters to consolidate her lead on the final run to finish. Simba completed the podium in 3rd.

Continuing to support the Keelboat PY A fleet, it was great to have Birregurra racing with us on Sunday. The Hanse 415 was joined by 2 under 25ft boats in the Keelboat PY B Class – Marut and Windflirt. The former recently had her bottom repainted, looking slippery on the race course. The Achilles 23 certainly did not make it easy for Marut, sailing superbly despite light winds being a well-known Achille’s heel. The Jeanneau Fun prevailed at the end, surviving a great performance from Windflirt to place first just over 3 minutes ahead on corrected time.

In the Multihull Class, Bula extends their lead in the Series and reaffirms their support for our club races. Michael races consistently every week, and we appreciate the team’s efforts to participate in both our Sunday Series & Twilight Series! She claims top spot, finishing ahead of Miss Visayan and Kaze in the same order. Lastly, great to see Addiction returning to race with us after a long break. The Viper F16 skippered by Jeremy Perrier sailed the course despite being the only beach catamaran participating – thank you for continuing to feed your sailing Addiction!

Congratulations to all winners, and big thanks to the 11 participating boats. We hope to see more returning boats over the remaining 2 weekends of Twilight and Sunday Series II Racing.

Results

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2022 Twilight Series II Race 2

Thunderstorm Twilight!

Following earlier reports of thundery showers over the next 2 weeks, race organizers braced themselves for a wet and cold affair – and boy did it deliver. A massive westerly system covering most of the Western and Central part of Singapore crept towards Changi Sailing Club, providing a dramatic backdrop for the small group of 5 participating boats on water.

After the start, Multihulls Bula and Nacra F20 pulled away from the fleet, leaving the remaining 3 keelboats to struggle in the patchy conditions just west of the start line. Simba was the first to escape the doldrums, receiving the pressure first to establish an early lead which carried her through the storm and towards eventual victory in the PY A Class. The Dehler 37 overcame the poor visibility and tricky winds to maintain her lead over Birregurra, who despite struggling with the wind hole at the start, only lost by a narrow margin of 3 minutes. The only representative for the PY B Class was the elegant Shipman 28, Caprice One. Helmed by Berend Van Der Griten, she performed poorly at the start line, but bounced back to close the gap between her and her larger sisters in the PY A Class. In fact, she would have placed 2nd on corrected time if they had race in the same division.

Despite the small fleet, heavy rain and poor visibility, it was a characteristically exciting and challenging CSC Race, which sailors enjoyed thoroughly. I hear the IRC Fleet is trying to muster a strong return in attendance – we look forward to larger participation for the upcoming Sunday Series II, Race 3 on 4th September!

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