Sunday Series II 2021 – Race 2

An offshore breeze greeted sailors on the start line for Race 2 of our Sunday Series II. With our IRC fleet growing, it seemed only right to separate the starting sequences of the IRC and PY fleets – a move welcomed by sailors from both classes.

However, sailors do need to be reminded that if the starting sequence signaled is not for your class, it is only courteous to stay well clear of the start line [Please refer to Racing Rules of Sailing 23.1]. This is all the more important with the increasing level of competition.

A quartet of F16s represented the Beach Catamaran Class, led by the newly decorated Ripple V. Sporting new red sticker designs on her bows, she was an easy spot for the photographer amidst the large number of boats. Rounding North Angler in the lead, she scored victory comfortably ahead of returning champions Madfish II. Bad Influence completed the podium in 3rd. Special mention to newbies Matt & Kellie on Babe! After a 15 minute crash-course on starting sequences and marks of the course, they completed their first ever Sunday Series race in a very respectable timing (just 10 minutes behind Bad Influence).

A trio of Trimarans participated in the Multihull Class, led by Xavier Glenard’s Kaze. Staying in the pressure and out of the strong incoming tide, she rounded North Angler ahead of the pack and sped off to finish in first place well ahead of the fleet. After a captivating story on Cruising World and a quick follow-up from the skipper of Cicak, we see the return of Captain Fatty on the helm of a trimaran! Steering her to a commendable 2nd place finish, it was a bittersweet end for one of Cicak‘s star crew – Lauren Hill. Having to continue her studies in England, this will be her last Sunday Series with us for a long while. Next week’s Twilight Race will be her final sailing race in Singapore. All the best Lauren, please continue sailing wherever you are!

A duo Just kidding. In the IRC Class, Waka Tere made amends for her poor performance in last week’s Twilight Race, sailing well in the off-wind conditions to place first on corrected time. Despite obtaining line honours, Red Rum One struggled to lengthen her lead on the fleet, settling for 5th on handicap. It was a close fight between Born in Fire and Adona for 2nd and 3rd. The former edged out the J24 by a mere 5 seconds on corrected time, maintaining their good form from recent weeks.

The biggest fleet yesterday was none other than the PY Keelboat Class. Despite having obtained a revalidated IRC, Simba chose to continue sailing in the PY Class for the rest of this series, a decision which reaped near-immediate rewards, emerging victorious in a 14-strong fleet. Skipper Atul attributes a weight-losing trip to the toilet pre-start as a significant factor for his team’s win, in addition to good sail trim and a clean hull. Coming in a very close 2nd and 3rd were Ikaroa and New Blue Eyes respectively.

Congratulations to all winners – see you next week for the Twilight Series II Race 2.

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Sunday Series II 2021 – Race 1

We’re back!

After nearly 2 months of no racing, it was great to return to our usual weekend routine, starting with the Sunday Series II on 4th July. Prevailing Safe Management Measures require teams to stick to groups of 5, as well as restricting to groups of 2 when consuming F&B pre/post race.

Winds were lacklustre in the morning, causing some pre-race anxiety for both the race committee and sailors participating. Thankfully, a light south-westerly breeze filled in just 30 minutes before the start, allowing the sailors to commence their journey to Serangoon in an orderly parade.

A near perfect start from Adona gave her an early advantage over the rest of the IRC fleet. She played the light airs in her favour, defending well against the leading Jong Dee to draw first blood on corrected time. Line honours and 2nd placing is a great showing from Jong Dee, looking refreshed after making some changes post Sailing Festival. Defending Champions Waka Tere were off to a shaky start, shaking off the rust to complete the podium in 3rd.

In the PY Class, an administrative oversight from Born in Fire sees them participating in this Class for Race 1 – pitting their skills against 11 other keelboats. They emerged clear ahead of the fleet together with Invictus – engaged in a close battle on the final leg to the finish line. On corrected time, Born in Fire scored a comfortable victory over Invictus, with Atul Sinha’s Simba cruising into a confident 3rd. We also hear Simba is awaiting an IRC Certificate – that means we may have 7 IRC boats going into Race 2 of the Sunday Series on 18th July!

Kaze topped the Multihull fleet, exhibiting superior boat speed on all legs. The lack of sailing over the last 2 months seemed to have affected Miss Visayan as well, struggling with technical difficulties at the leeward mark rounding. Despite the issues at CSC 1, she managed to secure 3rd on handicap, just behind Phoenix. Freddy Fam’s M23 (Phoenix) sports a distinctive kite possibly acquired from other M23 (now retired) Baloo. As the Series develops, we do hope to see Phoenix racing more regularly!

The Beach Catamarans were led by an old-new entrant, as Jeremy Perrier returns to race in our Sunday Series. Recently taken over Ripple V, he intends to sail more regularly on the weekends, a welcome addition to the fleet. In 2nd place, we have another Jeremy (Nixon) on the podium, who interestingly enough, is sailing what was previously Mr Perrier’s Viper (Bad Influence). Just astray in 3rd was none other than Stray Catz. Nigel continues to keep the younger sailors in check, always ready to pounce when they slip up!

Congratulations to all the winners! This Saturday, we look forward to more racing fun at the Twilight Series II, Race 1. See you on water.

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Twilight Series I 2021 – Race 1

After a very wet saturday morning, sailors were not optimistic about the weather for the rest of the afternoon. With a planned Twilight Race at 4pm, Race Organizers kept the fingers crossed – hoping for some breeze to carry the sailors through the course. Thankfully a light westerly wind graced the East Johor Straits, setting the stage for a tactical beat up to Squance Buoy for the first leg.

In the IRC class, Red Rum One won! The Archambault 40 sailed well in the light air, capitalizing on their superior boat speed and just barely escaping the doldrums on the return leg from Changi Buoy. Having missed out on the wind line Red Rum One was on, Waka Tere, Jong Dee & Adona had an unrushed sail to the finish line in the same order. Having managed to successfully stay close to the other 2 boats, Adona claimed 3rd just behind Waka Tere on corrected time.

The super light and patchy conditions, paired with a slow & steady incoming tide proved too much for some of the keelboats in the PY class. Jen’s Jaunt, Southern Light & Notus all threw in the towel on the downwind leg towards Changi Buoy, reducing the finishing fleet to 5. Special commendations to Olmeto for sticking to their guns. Persevering through the poor conditions, she was rewarded with a light southerly breeze just 20 minutes before the time limit was up. At the top end of the fleet, Boreas scored her first win with first-time skipper Matt Brooks at the helm. Not surprisingly, little boats Marut & Brio placed 2nd and 3rd respectively – both taking full advantage of the prevailing conditions.

Light winds seemed to not be an issue for the attending trimarans in the Multihull Class. Positioning herself most windward on the start line helped Kaze clinch a good start, eventually rounding Squance Buoy ahead of Jaza Too and Cicak. The Dash 750 stretched her lead on the downwind leg, finishing with a comfortable 3 minute gap over the other Dash, Jaza Too.

It pays to just attend the race, rain or shine! Just ask Nick & Daniel on Ripple V. They bucked the trend and went sailing on their Viper F16 yesterday, representing the beach catamaran class. Their attendance earned them a bullet, starting their Twilight campaign on a positive note.

Congratulations to all the winners – thank you all for participating in our first ever Twilight Race for 2021! Next week (2nd May) some of us will be heading north-west to Ketam Channel, where we conduct a beach clean-up on the surrounding shores. If you’d like to join us for this activity, please email us at enquiry@csc.org.sg for more information.

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Sunday Series I 2021 – Race 1

After a 2 week break from racing, the club commenced 2021’s Sunday Series programme on 11th April. The Sunday Series attracts members and sailors of all sailing levels, providing a competitive fleet and a variety of sailing courses to test your sailing skills. The forecasted 7-9 knots of wind showed up on time, providing the 27-strong fleet a beautiful downwind leg to Serangoon before returning on an upwind beat to finish at the Club Line.

It has been a long while since the IRC Class had 6 boats participating at one go, what a refreshing sight! We welcome back Jong Dee, skippered by the Club’s Rear Commodore (Sailing), Mr Paul Kendall. Out of action for a couple of months due to maintenance/repairs, it was great to see her back in the thick of the fray. Despite her long absence, Jong Dee finished 5th just 6 seconds behind Minx – a commendable effort from the team. A relatively short course meant that Red Rum One had little opportunity to extend her lead, eventually settling for 3rd on corrected time. the fight for first place was between this year’s Commodore’s Cup and Sailfest Regatta champions, Adona & Waka Tere. The latter drew first blood, coming up on top by a slim 1 min 13 secs.

With 11 boats participating, the PY fleet was once again the largest fleet on water. We have 1 new entry this year – a catalina 22, Montserrat. Skippered by Adrian Janssen, the little boat held her own to complete the course in a respectable time of 2hrs 13mins. At the top of the table we also have a little boat turning heads, as Brio triumphed against bigger and quicker boats in the fleet. Despite a poor start, Invictus redeemed herself to perform well on the remaining legs to claim line honours and 2nd on handicap just 2 minutes behind Brio. Shardana completes the podium in 3rd with a safe and solid performance all round – crediting her results to the prevailing wind conditions.

A trio of trimarans represented the Multihull Class, of which one of the boats is racing in our Sunday Series for the very first time! Under the skillful guidance of Scott McCook, the team on 4Adventure were all smiles throughout the course, completing their first race of the season in 1hr 25mins. Despite trailing behind Cicak after the first mark rounding, Jaza Too eventually caught up and dashed ahead of her nippy rival, claiming victory by a comfortable 4 minutes.

The Beach Catamarans also see a new entry with an old hand at the helm. Uli Braun’s latest catamaran acquisition is an A-Class Catamaran (or A-Cat), a development class sailing catamaran for single-handed racing. Not unlike her name, A Loof was quite cool and distant from the rest of the fleet – as her skipper continues to learn and understand the boat better. At the top of the table, Madfish II opens her Sunday Series account with a win, placing first on corrected time just 46 seconds ahead of Stray Catz. She managed to fend off 2 chasing vipers, with Bad Influence emerging the better of the 2, claiming the remaining podium position ahead of Ripple V.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you all for joining us this weekend! We look forward to racing again on 24th April (Twilight Series I – Race 1).

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