Third time’s a charm!
After 2 unsuccessful attempts due to poor weather conditions, we finally completed the Round Tekong Race for the Beach Catamaran Sailors this weekend, concluding all 2021 Signature Sunday Series races. In attendance was a total of 7 boats, a healthy fleet consisting of 2 Taipans, 1 Viper and 4 different Nacra design catamarans. As if blessed by the weather gods, Sailors were treated to beautiful winds and weather, even though thunderstorms plagued the rest of Singapore from 12noon-3pm.
Having won the Round Ubin Race and Felkin Buoy Race, Madfish II was the boat to beat going into this race. However, equipment/rigging issues in addition to a capsize on the course marred their performance, finishing a forgettable 6th after corrected time. In 1st place was the unstoppable Nacra 5.8, taking line honours ahead of the fleet by a staggering 12 minutes. When the numbers were crunched, the solo-sailed Nacra 15 placed 2nd, ahead of defending champions Stray Catz in 3rd. Her record of 2hr 24min 27 secs from the 2018 edition still stands, a consolation as she loses the overall Signature Sunday Series Title to Doug Fimmell’s Madfish II by 2 points. Despite her poor result in this race, Madfish II hung on to her lead 2 points ahead of runner-up Stray Catz, earning her a place on the Challenge Plate. Uli Braun’s Nacra 15 completed the podium in 3rd, also 2 points apart from the Taipan F16.
Congratulations to all the winners – we look forward to concluding the CSC Sailing Festival with another full weekend of racing (SailFest Regatta, 20-21 March) next week. May we be blessed with a clear skies and consistent North-Easterly breeze – see you all on water!