Signature Sunday Series 2024 (Round Tekong Race)

After an unpredictable range of weather conditions during the week, the NE Monsoon winds that arrived on Sunday came as a pleasant surprise for sailors participating in the Round Tekong Race. As the name suggests, participants circumnavigate pulau tekong in this 3rd and final instalment of the CSC Signature Sunday Series. A total of 21 boats were on the start line – an incredible turn-out for all classes.

There were clear winners in the Multihull and Beach Catamaran Class, as Kublai Khan and Addiction completed the series with an unblemished record of 3 bullets from 3 races. Both boats were clinical in their finishing, and will look to build on the good performance during the Trimaran and Catamaran Championships in February. The 2nd boat to cross the line in the Multihull Class for the Round Tekong Race was Miss Visayan – but her efforts were not enough to secure a place on the overall podium, having missed out on the Round Ubin Race. Series runner ups to Kublai Khan are Bula and Dot Dot Dot, having placed 3rd and 4th respectively in the Round Tekong Race.

Twisted Creature bounced back from a 6th place finish during the Felkin Buoy Race to sneak ahead of Balqis II yesterday – placing 2nd by just under 10 seconds on corrected time. Her performance was good enough to secure Matt and Kellie 2nd overall 7 points behind winners Addiction. Balqis II scored the best of the rest, placing 3rd in both the Felkin Buoy Race and Round Tekong Race to complete the podium for the beach catamaran class. Special mention to Pac Man, skippered by Michael Huffines. The father-son duo scored respectably this series, successfully circumnavigating Tekong with one of the youngest crew in the fleet and placing 4th twice over 2 weekends!

The Keelboat PY Class saw Marut claim her first overall event title under the helmsmanship of Skipper Guilherme. The Portuguese sailed brilliantly to notch another bullet, finishing the series with 4 points as overall champion in Signature Sunday Series, PY Class. 2nd around pulau tekong is an experienced sailor on his new boat – Forever Young! The young 84 previously of Shoon Fung Too fame had recently been refurbished, and now comes under the care of skipper Jasper Knoben. While she is nowhere in contention for the overall series, her strong performance bodes well for next week’s Two-Island Race. Three 3rd place results in three weekends consolidated Waka Tere’s position in 2nd for the overall series – making her the most consistent performer in the fleet. Despite poor results in the Round island races, a win during last week’s Felkin Buoy Race secured Remington her place on the podium, taking 3rd with a total of 11 points. The S&S 42 thrives in off-the-wind conditions, especially prevalent during the felkin buoy race.

The fight between the J24 and J29 was concluded yesterday, with the smaller of the two emerging victorious and claiming the 2024 Signature Sunday Series challenge plate for the IRC Class. Jellico was in excellent form on water, making all the right tactical calls on the course. Adona while 2nd, were gracious in defeat, and will be looking to better their performance at the next event. Minx remains the most consistent, scoring her third 3rd place finish for the Round Tekong Race for a total of 9 points for the Series.

Congratulations to all winners, and thank you everyone for participating in the 2024 Signature Sunday Series. We look forward to seeing everyone back this Saturday for the Two-Island Race.

Results

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Overall Signature Sunday Series

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Signature Sunday Series 2024 (Felkin Buoy Race)

The NE Monsoon has returned! (and hopefully settled in). The 2nd instalment of the CSC Signature Sunday Series brings competitors on a scenic journey to the west – rounding Felkin Buoy and returning to the Club line to finish. All 24 boats participating were treated to a fresh NNE breeze, with the fastest boat lapping up the course in a blistering 2hr 6mins.

Addiction led the 6-strong fleet of beach catamarans – the largest turn-out in months! It was fantastic to see new entrants Pac Man and the usual suspects of Nacra 15s and Vipers return to race, hopefully a sign of  better attendance in subsequent weeks. Pac Man was a father and son outfit, sailing well to surprise the more experienced lot with a 4th place finish. the remaining podium placings were occupied by both Nacra 15s, with Uli claiming 2nd and Zaheera securing 3rd on Balqis II.

In the Multihull Class, we also saw a healthy fleet of 6, with last week’s Round Ubin Champion, Kublai Khan yet again leading the fleet to score her 2nd bullet for the Series. This Series is now skipper Scott McCook’s to lose, as he enters the final instalment with the lowest score possible. Dot Dot Dot executed her best performance to date, placing 2nd just seconds ahead of Bula in 3rd. With strong performances all round, Bula will be looking to bring their A game at the Round Tekong Race, to consolidate her position on the podium.

The Keelboat PY Class was a very competitive affair, but Sunday’s conditions were cetainly in Remington’s favour. The S&S 42 lapped up the off-wind course, placing well within sight of the lead boat (Waka Tere) to claim victory on corrected time. Waka Tere’s line honours was worthy of a 3rd place finish, as she succumbed on handicap to last week’s Round Ubin Champion, Marut! Good sailing throughout the fleet, as even the last boat finished in a respectable timing of under 5hrs.

The fight for first place in the IRC Class looks to be a two-horse race, as the J29 and J24 in the fleet pull ahead after a strong performance in the Felkin Buoy Race. Round Ubin winners Jellico could not make it consecutive wins, as her big sister Adona registered a dominant performance to claim line honours and a comfortable 4 minute lead on handicap. Jellico’s efforts rewarded her with a 2nd place finish, and Minx completes the winners with another consistent result in 3rd. These three boats enter Round Tekong Race with 3, 3 and 6 points respectively. While Minx has an outside chance, the 2 Js are displaying great form on water.

Congratulations all winners – 24 boats on water makes for a breathtaking view! See you all this Sunday for the Round Tekong Race, the 3rd and final instalment of our CSC Signature Sunday Series.

Results

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Signature Sunday Series 2024 (LHK Round Ubin Challenge)

So. Much. Rain. The first instalment of the annual Signature Sunday Series was plagued with an incessant downpour throughout the entire day, leaving sailors soaked to the bone as they persevered for over 3 hours in the wet and cold to complete the circumnavigation of Pulau Ubin.

It was a miserable first half hour after the start, as sailors struggled with an outgoing tide and extremely light air – claiming a number of casualties. Escaping the situation near unscathed was Kublai Khan, skippered by Scott McCook. Having placed 3rd in last year’s Round Ubin Challenge and winning last year’s Round Tekong Race on a Weta, Scott commenced this year’s challenge in pole position, chased by the smallest multihull in the fleet, Tantrum. The remaining 5 Multihulls had to play catch-up, as they grappled to escape the misery at the start line. Kublai Khan eventually took line honours and victory by a comfortable margin – thankfully with the wind settling in as well. After a poor start, Bula redeemed herself on the course, clawing her way back to 2nd, placing well ahead of Phoenix and Tantrum. of the 2 challengers, the little Tantrum excelled in the light winds and edged ahead on corrected time, claiming 3rd on the podium in the Multihull Class.

The PY Keelboat Class was represented by a total of 6 Keelboats, with defending champions Brio returning to contend for the 2024 Challenge Trophy. She faced stiff competition in the form of Waka Tere (winner of the 2023 Round Tekong Race, IRC) as well as Marut (previously held the Round Ubin record when she was named Dream). Amidst late starts, poor visibility and unpredictable winds, all three boats featured on the podium. Marut scored her first win of 2024, executing a good start and out-sailing the fleet to place 2nd across the line and 1st on corrected time. Brio’s less-than-ideal start may have costed her title, but it was a solid recovery from the sonar as she was a deserving runner-up. Also having to recover from a poor start, Waka Tere performed well despite the odds – rewarding Kurt and Gill with line honours and a respectable 3rd. We also had a visiting yacht joining us for the NE Monsoon Sailing Festival – RSYC Dua! Unfortunately her inexperience sailing in these waters showed yesterday, as she passed Serangoon Buoy on the wrong side – squandering her best efforts to circumnavigate Ubin.

In the IRC Class, we see a revival of the fleet. Silhouette and Jong Dee return to join the fray after a long hiatus, boosting the class to 5 on the start line. We also had guest(s) of honour sailing on Minx, daughter and grand-daughter of the late Mr Lock Hong Kit. Uncle Kit was an esteemed Member of Changi Sailing Club, and had made significant contributions to the sailing community in Singapore. His knowledge and experience in sailing and racing was second to none, and the round ubin challenge was his favourite race in the annual sailing calendar. We are proud to name this race after him, and happy to have his family continue sailing with us. Adona mounted an admirable title defense in the IRC Class, but fell victim to the doldrums on the final stretch to finish. Despite claiming line honours, her lead was insufficient to fend off archrivals Jellico, whose time of 3hr 38mins 15 sec while nowhere near the fastest was sufficient to unseat the J29 and score victory on corrected time. Minx and her special guests onboard sailed a good race as well, completing the podium in 3rd.

Not exactly fun conditions for the beach catamaran class this Sunday, as the crew aboard the 2 vipers were exposed to the elements over the entire afternoon. Kudos to Addiction and Twisted Creature for braving the weather to complete the circumnavigation. The former crossed the line ahead despite her late start (as usual), successfully defending her title for 2 consecutive years.

Congratulations to all the winners! It was great to see a healthy turn-out of 20 boats on the start line for the first race of the NE Monsoon Sailing Festival. Although winds were atypical, we’re just glad we managed to secure the first race of the season! Fingers crossed, less rain and more winds for next week’s Felkin Race – see you then.

Results

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CSC Signature Sunday Series 2023 – Round Tekong Race

Pulau Tekong, also known colloquially as Tekong or Tekong Island, is the second-largest of Singapore’s outlying islands after Jurong Island. Tekong is located off Singapore’s northeastern coast, east of Pulau Ubin. Since the 1990s, the island has been used by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and is generally restricted from public access.

The original 25 km2 (6,178-acre) island has undergone extensive land reclamation works for military use on its southern and northwestern coasts subsuming many of its surrounding small islets, including the former 89-hectare (220-acre) Pulau Tekong Kechil (Small Tekong Island). Today the island is estimated to have grown 3 times its original size – reaching an area of about 75 km2 (18,530 acres).

Did you know? “Tekong” also means skipper or captain of a small boat.

How fitting, as 19 skippers attempted to circumnavigate the island as part of the CSC Signature Sunday Series and overall NE Monsoon Sailing Festival. The wind arrived early from a northerly direction, that together with a slow rising tide in the morning meant that the fleet made good progress in the first leg towards the northeastern corner of Pulau Tekong. Despite the fluctuating conditions across the course, most of the fleet managed to successfully circumnavigate the island in under 6 hours!

In fact, the fastest boat completed the route in 3hr 50mins 29secs – well done Addiction! Skipper Jeremy Perrier and crew Daniel looked in high spirits going into next week’s catamaran championships, as they prepare to mount a serious challenge for both the F16 one-design and open titles. The defending CSC Cat Champion Doug Fimmell looked rusty on the course, sailing Madfish II to a distant 2nd around the island, just seconds away from Twisted Creature in 3rd, collecting the 3 participating boats in the beach catamaran class. The CSC Signature Sunday Series Challenge Plate for Beach Catamarans was undoubtedly awarded to Addiction, with the fastest times around both islands. Twisted Creature comes in a close 2nd by default, as the remaining 2 boats missed out on 1 passage each. Madfish II emerged slightly ahead of the Nacra 15, claiming 3rd overall with his performance around Tekong.

The bigger multihulls boasts the biggest fleet this weekend, with 4 Corsairs, 1 M23, 1 Firefly and 1 Weta coming together to compete for line honours! A costly blunder of not sailing south of the south cardinal mark (KEES) meant that both Jaza Too and AbracaDeborah score a DNF for this race despite crossing the finish line 2nd and 4th respectively. Meanwhile, huge congratulations to Skipper Freddy and his team on Phoenix! The M23 sailed well to surged across the finish line 1 second ahead of Jaza Too, claiming line honours and placing 2nd on corrected time. A big effort from arguably the most knowledgeable multihull sailor on the smallest boat (Weta) rewarded Scott McCook with a respectable 4hr 40min 2 sec passage timing and victory on handicap correction. After a long break, Damien Geoffray returns to sail with Xavier Glenard on Kaze. With their combined experience, the corsair carved out a good result, completing the podium in 3rd. In the overall results, consistency and attendance is key – Phoenix‘s 6th place finish during the Round Ubin Challenge and 2nd place finish in the Round Tekong Race was strong enough to earn her name on the Multihull Challenge Plate as 2023’s winner. She won the tie breaker with Miss Visayan, whose consistent performance (4th in both races) resulted in a desrving 2nd place. Missing KEES punished favourites Jaza Too, as she settles for 3rd overall just 1 point adrift.

Apart from a shock grounding by Brio (thankfully everyone safe and boat can be repaired), it was mostly smooth sailing from the Keelboat PY fleet. It was also exciting to see the tussle between Olmeto and Southern Light throughout the course, as both boats took turns to lead each other. While the former eventually finished nearly 20 minutes behind, she had done enough to score victory on corrected time, winning the Round Tekong Race in her class. Despite being the fastest PY boat on the course, Shardana did not have a sufficient lead over Olmeto and Southern Light, resulting in a 3rd place finish on handicap. In the overall standings, a 2nd place finish in the Round Ubin Challenge and a win yesterday awarded Olmeto with the 2023 PY Challenge Plate. Southern Light was a close 2nd and Brio earns a 3rd overall with a total of 6 points despite retiring in the Round Tekong Race.

In the Keelboat IRC Class, 5 boats vied for the top spot, with Silhouette leading the charge. The Beneteau First 40.7 while comfortably placing first across the line, struggled to extend her lead on the fleet. Skipper Yimin had to settle for 4th place, behind Jellico, Adona and Waka Tere. Of the 3, Waka Tere emerged victorious by a slim 40 second margin over fierce rivals, Adona. Having won the Round Ubin Challenge back in January, the J29 skippered by Ad Smit had done enough to secure the Challenge Plate in the IRC Class. As the only 2 other boats which have sailed in both races, Waka Tere and Silhouette complete the series in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Thank you all for participating in the 2023 CSC Signature Sunday Series! We look forward to more winds and exciting sailing next week:

  1. CSC Catamaran Championships (11-12 Feb)
  2. CSC Two-Island Race (11 Feb)

Round Tekong Race Results

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CSC Signature Sunday Series Overall Results

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