CSC Round Ubin Race 2021

The NE Monsoon has finally settled in (hopefully)! The 2nd instalment of the CSC Signature Sunday Series took sailors on a Round Ubin Passage in a glorious 10 knot NE breeze, with all participants completing the race in under 2.5hrs. The fastest boat was Kaze Cat, a Nacra 20, finishing the race in a blistering time of 1hr 8mins and 22 secs.

The Round Ubin Race is the perfect entry level passage race, a straightforward circumnavigation of the island which keeps sailors out of the shipping channel as much as possible and poses little risk of grounding on shallows and getting caught on crab pots/fishing net lines if sailed on the proper course. That being said, we’ve been informed of some boats missing out on one of the channel markers and cutting in-between the fish farms and Pulau Ubin. Please be reminded to sail the correct course; keeping the designated channel buoy course markers on the correct side and staying well clear of the waters in-between the fish farms and Pulau Ubin.

It was great to see an impressive total of 17 Mutihulls and Beach Catamarans circumnavigating Ubin yesterday. With Kaze Cat leading the pack, both fleets lapped up the wind conditions and crossed the finish line in a quick and orderly fashion. Despite the line honours, Kaze Cat settled for 3rd place on corrected time, unable to extend her lead on the chasing Madfish II and Stray Catz, both eventually securing 1st and 2nd just minutes ahead of the Nacra 20. New entry Nacra Carbon 20 (Sail no. 88) skippered by Antoine Nourrain sailed a safe race and completed the course in a commendable 1hr and 26 mins.

In the Multihull Class, Ding Hao successfully defended their Round Ubin title, eclipsing their 2hr 48min efforts in 2020 by more than an hour, as well as smashing the previous record held by David Stanton’s M23 in 2017 (1hr 40min 25secs)! She finished the race in a record time of 1 hour 29mins 25 secs – a result which may be very hard to beat in future editions! It was great to see the rest of the fleet all finishing well under 2 hours, with Kaze & Miss Visayan separated by a mere 40 secs on handicap, completing the podium in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Starting amongst a collective total of 20 boats on the start line must have been pretty daunting for newcomers Windflirt and Sequin, which may have perhaps been the reason for their poor starts yesterday. A cautious attempt on the start line is not necessarily a bad thing, especially when it is your first time racing. All things considered, great results from both boats, finishing an impressive 11th and 14th respectively. At the top of the PY class was Remington – the S&S 42 thrived in yesterday’s wind angles, blitzing through the course in 1 hr 57mins 16 secs, an effort sufficient to secure him the victory over Ikaroa on handicap. Simba completed the podium in 3rd, but only just; as Olmeto placed 4th a mere 4 seconds behind. Ikaroa is now in pole position, having scored two 2nd place finishes to make it her series to lose going into this Sunday’s Felkin Race. Brio sits comfortably in 2nd on 9 points from 2 races, but it looks like there is an exciting development just behind her on the standings, with 4 boats (Remington, Minx, Sangaree & Marut) tied for 3rd place on 13 points. We look forward to a nail-biting finale on 24th January.

The IRC Class also saw record breaking times, with Red Rum One rewriting the keelboat record (1hr 48min 49secs) set in 2017 by Born in Fire. The Archambault 40 finished in 1hr 37mins 45secs, but just missed out on podium by 4 seconds. We hear its largely because a crew onboard couldn’t figure out the difference between the tack and the clew of their asymmetrical…. hmm. Anyhow, first place on corrected time was defending champions Waka Tere, she placed comfortably ahead of the Round Tekong winners, Adona. Born in Fire had her fair share of mishaps, blowing their spinnaker block on the downwind. However, she took full advantage of Red Rum One‘s errors, completing the podium in 3rd. Waka Tere will be keeping a close eye on Adona in the Felkin Race, ensuring she stay well ahead of the slippery J24 to secure a win to have any hope of retaining their challenge plate.

Thank you all sailors for another wonderful outing on water – clear skies, consistent winds and speed records broken; it was indeed a good day of sailing! See you all for the Felkin Buoy Race this Sunday, 24th January.

Results

MH Ubin 2021

BC Ubin 2021

IRC Ubin 2021

PY Ubin 2021

Signature Sunday Series Overall Standing

IRC Overall 2021

PY Overall 2021

MH Overall 2021

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CSC Round Tekong Race 2021

Its been a very wet start to 2021. From a postponed Hangover Race on 1st January to an abandoned Felkin Buoy Race on 3rd January, the La Nina phenomenon has certainly rained on our parade. 3rd time’s a charm, as we finally managed to secure a race this season, sending sailors on a challenging Round Tekong passage in poor visibility (due to the insistent rain) and shifty winds. The race was a true test of the skippers’ blind navigation skills, with the rain at times reducing visibility to less than 100 metres. Despite the scattered wind holes early in the race, sailors were eventually treated to a steady north-northwesterly breeze north of Tekong, carrying the fleet across the finish line at NP1.

In the IRC Class, the little J24 Adona suffered a minor setback early in the race, as they got stuck in a lull and got swept eastwards by the strong currents near south nelayan buoy. Despite that, they clawed back into the thick of the fleet behind Tekong, gaining much needed ground to close the distance between them and the faster competitors in the fleet. She drew first blood on corrected time, beating Born in Fire by 3 minutes and 23 seconds. Born in Fire‘s efforts were not in vain, taking 2nd place ahead of defending champions Waka Tere in 3rd. Despite crossing the line first, Red Rum One missed out on a podium finish, unable to stretch her lead over the smaller boats.

A DNS from Shardana due to engine problems and an early retirement from Remington & Simba meant that the PY fleet was whittled down to 8 boats on the course. Initially hesitant about sailing in the prevailing weather, Ikaroa eventually settled into the fact that the race would not be shortened any time soon. Staying positive and making small gains throughout the course, she earned herself a place on the podium, finishing in 2nd place just 2 seconds ahead of 3rd placed Brio. It was a happy day for the little boats, as Luke Doherty’s Marut made light work of the course, nailing the shifts to top the PY Class by a comfortable 10 minute margin on corrected time.

4 Multihulls attempted to circumnavigate Tekong yesterday, with only 3 finishers eventually. The 4th one (Tri Harder) retired early, vowing to try harder next time. Close rivals Kaze and Jaza Too were neck and neck for most of the race, with the former eventually emerging on top at NP1. Jaza Too placed a comfortable second, over 7 minutes ahead of the trailing Miss Visayan in 3rd. We look forward to seeing more multihulls back on water racing this season, with the Corsair fleet growing a little larger over the past year.

Poor visibility and no navigation lights meant that it was not a good idea to have the beach catamaran fleet racing yesterday. The fleet came to a combined decision to reschedule their Round Tekong Race to 28th February, Sunday.

Thank you all participants for braving the weather to complete the Round Tekong Race – you guys are truly #allweathersailors 🙂

Results

IRC Tekong 2021

PY Tekong 2021

MH Tekong 2021

 

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CSC Signature Sunday Series – Felkin Buoy Race

Fresh from completing the Two-Island Race on Saturday, sailors returned to compete in the Felkin Buoy Race, the 3rd and final instalment in our 2020 Signature Sunday Series. Greeted with the first major squall for the year, participants had an interesting mix of conditions throughout the journey to Felkin and back.

Waka Tere continued on their winning streak, taking the weekend double with line honours and a comfortable lead over Invictus in the IRC Class. Invictus was a shadow of their usual self, struggling to keep up with Waka Tere for the whole race. A nagging luff track problem could have been a significant contributor to their woes – we hope to see them get back on track soon! In the overall standings, a poor attendance by the IRC Fleet meant that Waka Tere had no real challenge enroute to taking the Signature Sunday Series 2020 IRC Title, winning all 3 races available.

In the PY Class, leaders Minx and Shardana thrived on the course, with the latter pulling away from the fleet on the return leg and eventually clinching line honours. She settles for 2nd on corrected time, edged out by Minx. Ikaroa completed the podium in 3rd, another successful outing after their 2nd place finish in the Two-Island Race. Brio’s 5th placing in yesterday’s race was good enough for her to secure 2nd overall for the Signature Sunday Series, just 1 point behind champions PY 2020 Champions Minx. Winning the Round Tekong Race helped to secure 3rd overall for Ikaroa, as they survived a poor showing at the Round Ubin and a late push from Shardana in the Felkin Buoy Race to take podium just 1 point ahead of the Dufour 34.

Ding Hao managed to make it a weekend double as well in the Multihull Class, successfully defending against close rivals Kaze and the rest of the fleet to secure 1st over the line and on handicap. despite their stellar performance, she surrenders the overall Signature Sundays Multihull title to Kaze, whose 1st place around Tekong and two 2nd place finishes round Ubin and Felkin gave her victory in a fleet of 8 boats. Ding Hao‘s absence at the Round Tekong Race also meant that her 2 bullets could not save her from the consistency of Itchy-Go‘s (3, 3 & 4), awarding the latter with second overall, 1 point ahead of Ding Hao.

Stray Catz made amends for her premature retirement during the Two-Island Race, sailing a uneventful race to win the Felkin Buoy Race and also the Signature Sunday Series Beach Catamaran Title for the 3rd year in a row! She puts herself in good stead for the upcoming CSC Catamaran Championships on 22 & 23 February, where she will be competing against defending champions Madfish II and other fast beach catamarans.

Congratulations to all the winners, please see below for results and photos.

Results (Felkin)

BC Felkin 2020

MH Felkin 2020

PY Felkin 2020

IRC Felkin 2020

Results (Overall)

BC Overall 2020

MH Overall 2020

PY Overall 2020

IRC Overall 2020

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CSC Signature Sunday Series – Round Ubin Race

The Round Ubin Race 2020 saw 20 boats on the start line, spread over 4 classes. An atypical North-westerly wind greeted sailors during the pre-start routine, as the race committee announced a clockwise challenge to circumnavigate Pulau Ubin. After the start, participants faced strengthening outgoing tide and a big lull on the south-western end of Ubin, struggling to make the objective of hooking around the western corner and make the return journey north of the island.

In the IRC Class, Waka Tere was the first of 2 boats to successfully round the island, well ahead of the trailing Born in Fire. This makes it 2 wins from 3 available races in this series, all but securing their victory for the Signature Sundays.

Remington sailed a superb race to win the PY Class for the Round Ubin Race, navigating the light and patchy conditions to round the western corner 2nd only to Sapphire Star & Jonty J. When the handicaps were applied, it was a convincing victory for Skipper Paul Sneesby and his 2 crew, placing nearly 10 minutes ahead of Brio in 2nd place. Despite getting line honours, Sapphire Star settles for 3rd on corrected time, completing the podium of winners. A careless mistake of passing Serangoon Buoy on the wrong side meant that Jonty J missed out on a placing in their maiden Signature Sunday Race.

Leading the Multihulls throughout the entire race was none other than DingHao, back after a long hiatus. she returns to flex her muscles and shake off the rust, all in preparation for the Nongsa Neptune Regatta and NE Monsoon Sailing Festival events in the next 2 months. She held off the chasing Kaze, fresh off their record-breaking win Round Tekong last week. Itchy-Go maintains consistent form, scoring another 3rd, ahead of Pheonix and Tantrum.

Stray Catz was back in action yesterday, giving Madfish II a solid challenge for the Beach Catamaran Class. Sporting Madfish II’s old sails, Stray Catz did well in the light airs, crossing the line first and well enough ahead to claim the bullet around Ubin!

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for participating in the 2020 Round Ubin Race! We look forward to meeting everyone down south on 17-19 January for the 5th Nongsa Regatta. Open to All Keelboats, Lasers & Optimists, this annual regatta takes place in the beautiful waters off Nongsa Point Marina, Batam.

Club Racing resumes after Chinese New Year –  with the Two-Island Race on 8th February and Felkin Buoy Race on 9th February. See you then!

Results

IRC
PY
Multihull
Beach Catamaran

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CSC Signature Sunday Series – Round Tekong Race

The first weekend of 2020 kicked off the NE Monsoon Sailing Festival, with the first of 3 signature passage races as part of our Signature Sunday Series. Tasked to circumnavigate Pulau Tekong, the 17 boats were greeted with what seemed like an easy 6 knots at the start line. It wasn’t long before the fresh NE breeze filled in, giving participants an exciting average of 14 knot winds throughout the race!

2 records were broken this year, with the first coming from the Multihull Class. Kaze returned to CSC Club racing in style, destroying the previous record of 3hrs 1min (Firefly) in 2019 by 26 minutes! Kaze finished the race in 2hr 35mins, making her timing the new record to beat in subsequent editions. The remaining 2 podium finishers managed to beat the 2019 record as well, as Witblits and Itchy-Go finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively on corrected time.

In the Beach Catamaran Class, equipment malfunction on Bad Influence meant an early retirement – leaving Doug Fimmell on Madfish II to challenge the previous record on his own. Doug crossed the line in a commendable 2hr 27mins, just 3 mins shy of Stray Catz’s 2018 timing, the current record holder. Madfish II would have most certainly clocked a faster timing if not for her bad start and capsize during the race.

8 boats vied for top spot in the PY Class, with the podium finishers separated by 26 seconds after corrected time! Ikaroa topped the fleet with her first win for 2020, thriving in the big winds and swells. She only just managed to keep Brio at bay, 19 seconds apart. Minx missed out on 2nd place by a mere 7 seconds, completing the podium in 3rd. Despite not making the top 3, Skipper Neil Thomas of Shardana was all smiles, having claimed line honours and sailing the race in 3hrs 35mins, just 19 minutes short of her record set in 2014 by previous owner Joe Lombardo.

Despite having only Born in Fire to keep her on her toes, Waka Tere sailed at a blistering pace to break the IRC record set by Jong Dee in 2019 (3hr 29mins), finishing in 3hrs 21mins.

Thank you all for joining us in journeying around Tekong! We hope to see more Beach Catamarans and IRC boats for next week’s Round Ubin Race!

Results

IRC Tekong 2020
PY Tekong 2020
MultiHull Tekong 2020
Beach Catamaran Tekong 2020

 

Protest Hearing / Findings

BRIO VS SIMBA

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