CSC Signature Sunday Series – LHK Round Ubin Challenge

With the recent dry-ish weather and somewhat consistent NE winds, some sailors were hopeful for a big blow during the Lock Hong Kit Round Ubin Challenge yesterday – the first of 2 races constituting the 2023 CSC Signature Sunday Series. Sadly (and unsurprisingly), an atypical North-Westerly breeze greeted the fleet, coupled with an outgoing tide made the first upwind leg to Serangoon Buoy a most challenging uphill task for all 23 boats participating.

The smallest fleet comprised of 3 beach catamarans. Despite their size, this fleet also boasts the fastest boat to circumnavigate Pulau Ubin in 2023 – Addiction! Her time of 2hr 42min 46sec was sufficient to award her with the first victory of 2023 in the beach catamaran class. Twisted Creature (previously Bad Influence) is Kellie Twigge & Matt Ross’s latest acquisition, swapping one viper for another (presumably faster) to better contend for the 2023 season. They placed a commendable 2nd overall – but will have much to learn on their new machine. In 3rd and just out of podium contention was Zaheera Hashim’s Nacra 15! With the National Catamaran Championships taking place on 11 & 12 February, we look forward to seeing an increase number of catamarans sailing and training over the next few weekends.

In the Multihull Class, we witness the largest congregation of large multihulls since the Trimaran Nationals in 2022! Great to have Corsairs, an M23, a Firefly and a Weta all racing together on the same course. At the top, we welcome back Jaza Too – Skipper Graham Horn has returned after a long break, and is looking forward to being more active in the coming weeks. Coming in a close 2nd is last year’s best Multihull performer, Bula! With most of 2022 being mostly a match-racing series between Bula and Miss Visayan, the return of Jaza Too and introduction of new additions Ragnarok and Kublai Khan to make up 8 boats on the start line certainly bodes well for the Multihull fleet in 2023.

The Keelboat PY Class also had a strong attendance, with 8 boats signing on for the challenge. Unfortunately a rigging issue forced Jonty J to retire, reducing the starting line-up to 7. Despite their best efforts, the strong tide and tricky wind conditions resulted in 2 more boats unable to complete the challenge in the alloted time. Kudos to Nel Blu and Windflirt for giving it their best shot! For the remaining 5 that finished, it was not the top 3 winners that caught our attention. In 5th place, Jen’s Jaunt‘s afternoon jaunt around pulau ubin took a total of 4hr 27min 24sec, only over 2mins short of the time limit! On handicap correction, she missed out on 4th place by a mere 6 seconds to Ikaroa, a Beneteau 381 skippered by another new sailor (Christian Guese) looking to race more often with us. At the peak of the fleet, the smallest keelboat was also the fastest. Brio claimed their first win for the year, beating Olmeto and Southern Light in the process.

It was an intense battle for line honours between Silhouette and Adona. For most of the race, Adona sailed beautifully to lead the fleet around the island. The action began on the northern side of pulau ubin, with the tricky conditions and technical mistakes allowing for overtaking maneuvers on each other all the way to the finish line. Silhouette eventually crossed the line seconds ahead of the J29, but had to settle for 2nd on corrected time – awarding Adona with the LHK Round Ubin Challenge Challenge Trophy 2023. In a distant and comfortable 3rd, well done to Kurt and Gill for circumnavigating Pulau Ubin with Waka Tere 2-up!

Uncle Kit

Many of us knew him as the no-nonsense International Jury that presides over all of our Regattas – maintaining discipline amongst the sailor s during major events such as the Commodore’s Cup and Ambassadors’ Cup. Armed with a glass of his favourite Red Wine, he regularly takes to his “throne” in a comfy corner of the Ubin Lounge, watching the sailors race along the Johor Straits.

We now celebrate his life and achievements with the annual LHK Round Ubin Challenge (His all-time favourite passage race!), one of three signature passage races that make up our club’s Signature Sunday Series.

Thank you all for participating in this signature event, we now take a break for SailGP, Chinese New Year (and Neptune Regatta) before we resume our overseas racing activities with the inaugural Bintan Regatta on 27-30 January 2023. See you in Indonesia!

Results

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CSC Round Tekong Race 2022

After 2 consistent weeks of unbridled NE Monsoon winds, we knew something was going to happen to the weather for the Round Tekong Race – be it a drop in wind strength or a thunderstorm, the conditions are never a 100% guarantee. True enough, the conditions became abruptly becalmed in the vicinity of North & South Angler Buoy, against a significant incoming tide – setting the stage for a thoroughly challenging hook around the southeastern tip of Pulau Tekong. As if that was not enough, sailors had to beat the turning tide around the corner, failing which, participants will have to contend with the outgoing tide on the northern coast of the island, making it a truly uphill task of completing the race within the 7 hour time limit.

In the IRC Class, Born in Fire was one of 3 boats which managed to turn the corner in time, catching the remaining incoming tide to stay within sight of leaders Red Rum One throughout the course. She sailed well to complete the course approximately 25 minutes behind the Archambault 40 – a sufficient margin for her to take the victory on corrected time. Red Rum One‘s efforts rewarded her with the first runner-up position, followed by the 3rd boat which escaped the doldrums, Jong Dee. The remaining 3 boats which struggled in the glassy waters saw an early retirement from Jellico. Her decision to retire immediately placed her outside of podium contention in the overall series. Minx and Waka Tere continued their upstream fight around the Obstacle (Tekong, directly translated – how apt!) – eventually finishing the race in 4th and 5th respectively. The day’s result saw a tight finish in the overall standings – Born in Fire taking the 2022 Challenge plate by winning a tie-breaker with Jong Dee, and 2021 defending champions Waka Tere relinquishing their position to settle in 3rd just 1 point behind.

We see the most casualties from the PY Class, as the challenging conditions resulted in only 4 finishers out of 12 participating boats. Congratulations to IMP, for producing a stellar performance to circumnavigate Round Tekong with the quickest time of 04:42:08. Her victory completes the series on 11 points and an overall 2nd position for the Signature Sundays. Silhouette continues her fine form in the series, notching her second 2nd to also complete the series with 11 points. The Beneteau First 40.7’s lack of a bullet in the Series results in losing the tie breaker and setting for 3rd overall. Sangaree‘s 3rd place finish in the Round Tekong Race was her best performance thus far! It was however not quite enough for the Holland 44 to break into the top 3, cementing her position in 4th with 13 points. Despite finishing last around Tekong, Simba had done enough to seal her win for the PY Class, completing the Signature Sundays on 7 points to take home the 2022 PY Challenge Plate.

Registering speeds quicker than most monohulls, the multihulls and beach catamarans had no issues with the speed bump at north angler, completing the course largely with ease. in the Multihull Class, Jaza Too and Kaze had plenty of tit-for-tat racing throughout the course, as they took turns to take the lead all the way to the finish line. Jaza Too came out on top, completing the Series with an unblemished record to take the 2022 Challenge Plate. Kaze was a deserving 2nd, scoring three 2nds to complete the series with 6 points. Phoenix was the best of the rest – her consistent attendance and a 3rd placing in the Round Tekong Race confirmed her position in 3rd overall.

In the Beach Catamaran Class, we had an inspiring total of 9 boats participating in the Round Tekong Race. Kaze Cat led the fleet from start to finish, completing the circumnavigation in a time of 03:44:51. Her performance awarded her with a 3rd on corrected time, just behind Blue Bomb and Addiction in 1st and 2nd. 2 bullets from 3 races meant that Scott McCook’s Blue Bomb (Nacra 5.0) wins the Series and 2022 Beach Catamaran Challenge Plate despite retiring in the Round Ubin Race. He edges out Uli Braun’s Nacra 15, who slipped to 2nd just 1 point behind after a poor performance around Tekong. Bad Influence‘s 4th place finish brings her series tally to 11 points, just 1 point adrift and enough for an overall podium placing in 3rd. Special mention to all non-regular beach catamaran racers (N15 SGP 117, Cocque-a-cocque, Red Riot) who came out to race today! Glad everyone succeeded in overcoming this obstacle course with little problem.

Congratulations to all the winners – we now take a break for CNY, and will return with another passage race favourite – the Two-Island Race on 5th February. Wishing everyone good health, wealth and plenty of Sailing in 2022.

Results

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CSC Round Ubin Race 2022

Following a sensational Felkin Buoy Race, the 2nd instalment of our Signature Sunday Series also did not disappoint, with a steady North-Easterly Breeze fueling sailors’ attempts to circumnavigate the iconic “Granite Island”. After Pulau Tekong, she is singapore’s second-largest natural island – serving as an easy entry-level passage route for our sailors.

Although the wind conditions were fantastic, the outgoing tide proved too much for exceeding personal best times, with only 1 class establishing a new Round Ubin record. Congratulations to Addiction, a Goodall Viper F16 skippered by Jeremy Perrier. She now holds the quickest timing for a Beach Catamaran in recent years, completing the Round Ubin Course in a record time of 01:07:21, beating Kaze Cat‘s 2021 attempt by a full minute. The class also saw 3 retirements – favourites Blue Bomb had to return to shore right after the start, having lost one of her rudders. Babe also suffered equipment damage after a capsize north of Ubin, resulting in retirement. The 3rd retirement was due to a finger injury – thankfully skipper John Simpson on his Nacra 20 managed to return to shore safely and is in stable condition after a quick stitch-up at the hospital.

The Multihull Class had their fair share of carnage, with Buay Kao La returning to their mooring early due to a hard grounding that most likely damaged their centreboard. A Man-Overboard situation from Kaze was quickly recovered, as skipper Xavier went swimming because of a broken tiller extension. Despite their troubles, she still managed to etch out a 2nd place finish, just behind Jaza Too. By default, Phoenix completed the podium in 3rd. In the overall standings, Jaza Too looks like the run away winner, with 2 bullets from 2 races, Kaze faces an uphill challenge to pry series victory from the leader.

More Man-Overboard action took place in the Keelboat PY Class, as Invictus scrambled to retrieve their bowman after their guardrail snapped. She subsequently retired, and it was all smiles back on shore. At the top end of the fleet, it was an exciting 3-way showdown for line honours between Silhouette, IMP & Sangaree. The little Esse 750’s defenses were IMPenetrable, eventually crossing the line ahead of the 2 larger boats. When the numbers were crunched, Silhouette scored their first-ever podium finish in second place. IMP and Sangaree placed 5th & 6th respectively. Simba continued their fine run from last week’s Felkin Race, scoring a victory in the Round Ubin Race to lead the series by 1 point in the PY Class. She will have to keep a close eye on Remington, whose 3rd place finish positions her as the closest contender. We also cannot write off Silhouette, IMP and Sangaree – their consistent performances over the last 2 weekends puts them only a few points adrift from the top 3.

Red Rum One led from start to finish, lapping up the delightful NE breeze in 1:42:04. This was however not enough to beat her personal best of 1:37:45, registered in last year’s edition. Her efforts rewarded her with a 4th place finish, just outside of podium. Jong Dee‘s non-spinnaker circumnavigation of the island may have proved advantageous after all, considering her 4-up crew configuration. She crossed the line just 8 minutes after Red Rum One, scoring her first victory for 2022 on corrected time. Jellico made it look effortless on the course, as the J24 sauntered into a comfortable 2nd place in just over 2 hours. On handicap, she only just edged out 3rd placed Waka Tere by 14 seconds. The same 3 podium finishers are the closest contenders for the IRC Signature Sunday Series Challenge Plate, with defending champions Waka Tere feeling the heat from Jellico and Jong Dee who are just 1 point behind.

Congratulations to all the winners, we are glad all sailors returned to shore safely with minimal casualties. We are looking forward to an epic conclusion this Sunday as we attempt to circumnavigate Singapore’s largest natural island, Pulau Tekong!

Results

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CSC Felkin Buoy Race 2022

We kicked off the 2022 CSC North East Monsoon Sailing Festival with one of the 3 iconic passage races in our Signature Sunday Series – the Felkin Buoy Race. The route takes sailors westward past Coney Island and Marina Country Club to eventually arrive at the turning point which is Felkin Buoy, situated in the middle of the channel with the very familiar backdrop of the Pasir Gudang Port Operations. The weather conditions outdid 2021’s – with records being broken and titles retained in 3 out of the 4 classes. Records were not the only things broken this weekend, as we later found out that new entry Silhouette suffered a broken halyard, and the sailors on Viper F16 Babe had their hearts broken by a broken tiller.

Interesting fact: all boats which participated in both 2021 and 2022 editions of the Felkin Buoy Race registered quicker times this year. Red Rum One‘s timing of 02:23:06 was nearly 16 minutes faster than their 2021 attempt, claiming line honours yet again in the IRC Class. However, her efforts were not enough to prevent the chasing pack from winning on corrected time, as she eventually slipped to 6th. Waka Tere commenced her Signature Sunday Series Plate defence with a new best time and a cool victory on handicap. Born in Fire fared much better than her 2021 attempt, but still fell short – retaining her first-runner up position. Jellico‘s first Signature Sunday Series ended on a winning note, as she registered as the 3rd boat on the podium on corrected time. The little J24 struggled in the gusty conditions, and will definitely appreciate kinder winds in the following weeks.

23 minutes – that was how much quicker Remington was compared to last year. A strong contender for the overall Signature Sunday Series PY Title, the S&S 42 is off to a good start – placing 1st just 2 minutes ahead of Simba. Although Sangaree performed much better than 2021 where she was first runner-up, the Holland 44 could not break into the top 3 on corrected time – just 3 minutes shy of 3rd placed Olmeto. Other notable mentions – congratulations to Silhouette & Rebel Rebel for completing their first Felkin Buoy Race! Some of you may recognize Silhouette – a Beneteau First 40.7 previously named Sy. Endeavour from the now defunct Keppel Bay Sailing Academy. She was recently refurbished and sports a new set of black cruising-racing sails. Despite the halyard malfunction, she finished the race in a very respectable time of under 3 hours. Also worth mentioning is Sequin, who eclipsed her 2021 performance to finish 6th out of 10 boats – an outstanding improvement! We look forward to seeing these boats racing more often in the coming weeks.

In the Multihull Class, Jaza Too, had a record-breaking achievement, scoring a personal best 24 minutes quicker than her last. Kaze put her poor performance in 2021 behind her, sailing well to claim a close 2nd. All hopes were dashed for the Corsair 970, as Buay Kao La‘s performance was not enough for her to breach the top 2, settling for 3rd.

The only Class where the defending champion did not return to contest, the Beach Catamarans crowned a new Felkin winner for 2022, Blue Bomb! The Nacra 5.0 were sailed by not-so-new sailors Scott McCook & Alice Lim.  The pair were unmatched on the course, at times putting pressure on the line honours winner, Nacra 20. The Nacra 20’s efforts were just enough to fend off her smaller cousin, the Nacra 15, which completed the podium in 3rd. While the Nacras sweeped the podium spots, the F16s struggled in the gusty conditions, resulting in some capsize action throughout the course. We are glad all sailors returned safely with minimal injuries.

Congratulations to all the winners, we’re so excited to be back racing in this glorious NE Monsoon weather! See you next week for the Round Ubin Race.

Results

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