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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CSC Signature Sunday Series – Round Tekong Race (14 March Beach Catamaran Re-Run)

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!

Results

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CSC Felkin Buoy Race 2021

The NE Monsoon continue to bless us with beautiful winds, as we successfully attempted the re-run of the Felkin Buoy Race on 24th January. Much excitement on the course as white caps started emerging, sending sailors on a gorgeous downwind journey to the west after rounding Changi Buoy.

In the PY Class, a botched spinnaker packing job saw Arbudhen‘s kite get hoisted the wrong way up – much to their horror. A quick drop to fix the problem saw them drop further down the pack, allowing some of the fleet to overtake her in the process. Despite the blunder, she made the most of a bad situation and finished a credible 11th in the fleet. Further up in the class, Remington sailed an outstanding race in wind strength and angles which were perfect for the S&S 42. Second across the line and first on corrected time speaks volumes of her performance. Ahead of the fleet by nearly 18minutes, Sangaree claimed line honours in clinical fashion – taking second place on corrected time. Ikaroa sits pretty in third – a result sufficient for her to complete the series comfortably on top with 7 points, etching her name on the Keelboat PY Challenge Plate for 2021. This was Lars’s first Signature Sunday Series victory at the helm of Ikaroa – previously won by Michael Kaus & crew in 2019. Sangaree is a distant second, amassing 15 points from 3 races, with the best being her runner-up position in the Felkin Buoy Race. Brio’s consistency places her third, scoring a podium place on Round Tekong was the highlight of her 3 races.

A 3-way fight between Adona, Waka Tere and Born in Fire took place in the IRC Class – as all 3 boats were separated by only a point each going into the Felkin Buoy Race. Adona and Born in Fire struggled to keep pace with Waka Tere on the return leg, as she pulled away to cross the finish line second only to Red Rum One. She claimed victory on handicap, successfully defending her title for the 4th time in 5 years! Born in Fire took 2nd place 8 minutes behind, and Red Rum One‘s efforts awarded her with a 3rd just 4 minutes adrift. In the overall series, Adona’s win in the Round Tekong Race helped break the tie between her and Born in Fire, securing her a 2nd place finish.

Having scored a first in Round Tekong and second in the Round Ubin Race, it was Kaze‘s series to lose, going into yesterday’s Felkin Buoy race. Close rival Jaza Too was definitely not going to give up easily, sailing hard to claw her way back from a poor start. Despite her poor start, she fought tooth and nail to climb up and just pipped Ding Hao by 11 seconds to claim line honours and victory on handicap. On the other hand, Kaze failed to grasp the wind shifts in the west, struggling to keep up with the fleet as the race developed. She placed 6th on corrected time, effectively handing the 2021 Signature Sunday Series title and Multihull Challenge Plate to Jaza Too. After taking a break from racing over the past 3 weekends, Cicak returned to racing on the podium, a good effort by Sasha Hill on the helm. Her no-show in the Round Tekong and Round Ubin races meant that she finishes the series in 6th place. Despite placing 5th in the Felkin Buoy Race, two 3rd place finishes helped secure Miss Visayan‘s overall series position in 3rd on 11 points. A fantastic result from the Corsair 28R.

Kaze Cat screamed through the course at a blistering pace, leading the beach catamaran class from start to finish – missing out on the bullet by 14 seconds after corrected time. The win went to the leader of the F16s, as Madfish II crossed the line just ahead of the chasing pack of viper and taipan f16 catamarans. Sporting distinct red sails and a yellow fist motif, new boat Red Riot (helmed by not so new Scott McCook) just missed out on podium position, as she was beaten to it by the remaining viper on the course – Ripple V. Skipper Nick Wakai credits their good performance to sailing a safe race with no capsizes, something so simple but totally relevant at all levels of racing. The beach catamarans will complete their Signature Sunday Series on 28th February, where the fleet will attempt to complete the Round Tekong Race which they missed on 10th January due to the poor weather conditions.

Thank you all for participating in our Signature Sunday Series races – see you bright and early this Saturday for the 2-Island Race!

Results

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