2022 Sunday Series I – Race 4

With the heatwave tormenting us over the past 2 weeks, it goes without question that Sunday’s strong southwesterly breeze provided a much needed respite for sailors participating in the Sunday Series I, Race 4. The return of unrestricted international travel also meant that the start line continues to be uncrowded, littered only with a handful of the usual suspects from each class.

In the IRC Class, it was a match race between 2 competitive performance cruisers – Minx & Simba. The former is an X342, up against the bigger and faster Dehler 39. Having the 5-foot advantage meant that skipper Atul had to ensure Simba maintained a sufficient lead to triumph Minx on corrected time. Both boats gave their all on the course, and it was thrilling to witness their mark-rounding routine at CSC 1. When the numbers were crunched, Minx clinched victory by a slim 32 second margin – a result fitting of their efforts!

What started of as a possible David vs Goliath match-up ended up with Goliath walking away with an uncontested win in the PY A Class. Birregurra sailed the full course undisturbed, as Balqis registered an early retirement due to a damaged mainsheet track. The crew on the little J24 had a look of relief on their faces, as they thankfully have time to repair it before the commencement of the CSC IRC, PY & One-Design Championship on 28th May.

The PY B Class was represented by 3 boats, unsurprisingly also the same 3 boats which are in contention for the overall Series I podium placings. The wind strength and direction was a perfect combination for Olmeto, as she thrived in the off-the-wind passage to and from Serangoon Buoy. Though she placed behind favourites Remington, the Beneteau Oceanis 320 only trailed only 8 minutes behind – enough to best the S&S 42 by 30 seconds on corrected time.

Despite being the only representatives for the Beach Catamaran and Multihull Classes, A-Loft and Bula certainly looked like they enjoyed the prevailing south-westerly breeze, as we witnessed their effortless sail along the Johor Straits.

Congratulations to all the winners! Please see below for results from yesterday, as well as the latest overall Sunday Series I results. The finale takes place on 12th June – we’re excited to watch the showdown in both IRC and PY B classes, as results do show a close fight for the top 3 placings.

Meanwhile, we take a break from Club racing on 28 and 29 May – shifting our focus to some intense windward-leeward action during the CSC IRC, PY & One-Design Keelboat Championships on the coming weekend. See you at the Club!

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2022 Sunday Series I – Race 3

After a long weekend break for the Labour Day and Hari Raya festivities, we resume our club racing with the Sunday Series I, Race 3. Winds continue to be unstable, typical of this inter-monsoon period. After a brief rain shower in the morning, the breeze picked up from the east, threatened by looming weather systems from the west and the north. Race Organizers eventually decided on a pennant 3 course, taking sailors on a short beat to Changi Buoy, before embarking on a long downwind to Serangoon Buoy and an upwind return to finish.

The IRC Class was the most well attended of the 5, with 6 boats showing up on the start line. The biggest boat in the fleet took an early lead, sporting a sparkling clean hull and a new mainsail – very hard to miss! Red Rum One however always knew they had an uphill task to lengthen their lead, in hopes that the margin is big enough to overcome the handicap difference. Good effort, as they completed the course in 4th place on corrected time, just missing out on a podium finish. On top, we have the little J24, Jellico triumphant in first place. This was made extra sweet as the skipper had his family onboard, bringing along their 6yr old son for the race. It was a slim margin of victory, as her bigger sister Adona trailed only 9 seconds behind on handicap. After the 2 Js, an X marks the 3rd spot – as Minx sailed well in the shifty conditions to earn her place in the top 3.

We witnessed an incredible performance from Marut, as the Jeanneau Fun sailed a superb race to claim victory in the PY B Class. Her speed was on par with boats that have much longer waterlines, keeping pace with some of the IRC competitors. Remington placed 2nd just a few minutes behind, followed by Olmeto in 3rd. Our on-water correspondent commented that the Beneteau Oceanis 320 deserves some commendation for being the boat with the smoothest spinnaker hoist after rounding Changi Buoy. Well done!

The remaining fleets all had only 1 to 2 boats participating, likely due to the increasing number of members resuming business-related travel. Nevertheless, we would like to congratulate Birregurra (PY A), Miss Visayan (Multihull) and Bad Influence (Beach Catamaran) for their wins in their respective classes.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back for the Twilight Series I – Race 3 on 14th May, followed by our beach and Ketam clean-up on 15th May. See you all next week!

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2022 Sunday Series I – Race 2

With the further easing of restrictions, we see a noticeable reduction in participation for our weekly races, as sailors take the opportunity to travel. Despite the smaller numbers, we were impressed with the nearly full attendance in the IRC Class, 7 boats contended for podium in yesterday’s race. The weather was not great, but winds were sufficient to make headway against a strong outgoing tide.

After a recent measurement exercise, Adona joins the IRC gang with her new endorsed certificate – providing a breath of fresh air in the fleet. The J29’s skipper is no stranger to the IRC fleet, having previously owned and raced on a J24 and X99. Ad and his crew looked competitive on the windward-leeward course, sailing well and keeping up with her larger rivals. When the numbers were crunched, her big sister, the J35 (Jong Dee) triumphed – taking top spot just 16 seconds ahead of Adona. Apart from securing line honours, Red Rum One had done enough to claim the 3rd place on the podium, an encouraging result for the Archambault 40.

The PY A fleet was represented by a trio of 30-40 footers, with the largest being Birregurra, a Hanse 415. The german performance-cruiser sailed effortlessly under the skilled solo helmsmanship of Basil Byrnes, but struggled to keep up with Invictus and Shardana in the light air and strong tide. The Mumm 30 led and completed the race comfortably ahead, but only just lost out on victory by a mere 3 seconds to the Dufour 34 on corrected time.

Marut punched well above her weight, sailing so well that they overtook all PY A boats and even held their lead over Invictus for a short while. The Jeanneau Fun was the only boat from the PY B Class which finished the course, as fellow competitors Brio and Montserrat succumbed to the spring tide and subsequently retired.

As usual, Miss Visayan continues to be the only representative for the Multihulls, and Babe flew the Beach Catamaran flag high, while flying her kite for the first time since re-rigging the boat.

Congratulations to all the winners – We look forward to the return of Club racing on the 23rd April, for Race 2 of Twilight Series I.

Please take note that there will be no racing next week as the Ambassadors Cup 2022 has been rescheduled to 5th November. On the following weekend, CSC will be organizing a Good Friday Ketam Cruise (15-16 April). If you’d like to participate with you boat, please email choy@csc.org.sg .

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2022 Sunday Series I – Race 1

After concluding over 2 months of back-to-back racing during the CSC Sailing Festival, we resumed the alternate weekend Club Racing Series on Sunday, 20th March. This year, the Club introduced a split of the Keelboat PY Class, into A & B. The PY A Class is eligible for boats with a handicap score of 110 or lower, and The PY B Class is for boats with a handicap score of 111 or higher. With the Keelboat PY Class enjoying a tremendous growth and seeing stable participation numbers every weekend, the primary objectives of the split was create more opportunities for more sailing boats to win, and increase the competitiveness of boats within their respective handicap range.

In the IRC Class, it was great to see Simba return to race in her natural habitat, amongst boats of similar pedigree. Fresh from this year’s sailing festival achievements in the Keelboat PY Class, Simba has now committed to a full Sunday Series season (I, II & III) of racing in the IRC Class, pitting her skills against the likes of Waka Tere and Jong Dee. She sailed well despite not hoisting her spinnaker, and even managed to stay ahead of Red Rum One for a short period. When the numbers were crunch, the dominant dehler claimed the first win for the season, taking victory ahead of Waka Tere and Jellico in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

After the split, 4 very fast boats made up the Keelboat PY A Class – Invictus, Silhouette, Birregurra and Shardana. Citing the lack of available crew, Invictus and Birregurra made great efforts to sail the course solo, both completing the race comfortably. The Hanse 415 was the quicker of the 2, sailing well to place 2nd on the podium. Despite a botched spinnaker hoist at the mark rounding, Silhouette managed to recover well and finish the race strongly – scoring her first bullet for the series. Shardana completes the podium in 3rd.

The Keelboat PY B Class in participation consists of an eclectic mix of boats – from the grand S & S 42 (Remington) to the 2 little Catalina 22s (Nevis & Montserrat), all rated 111 or higher. With the light airs and strong outgoing tide, 2 of the 5 boats retired before the start, reducing the fleet to a 3-way contest. Remington emerged on top, sailing well to beat arch-rivals Marut by 2 minutes on corrected time. The Jeanneau Fun’s result was commendable despite her limited sail wardrobe options, and will be looking to make amends next weekend. Nevis made few mistakes to earn a well-deserved 3rd place finish. Scoring a near-perfect start, coupled with decent boat speed on the course meant that the Catalina 22 was not far from the 2 leading boats.

2 Beach Catamarans and 1 Multihull represented there Classes respectively – glad to see Balqis II, Red Riot and Miss Visayan continuing to race despite the poor attendance. Kudos to Red Riot – Skipper Jasper made the effort to get a quick lesson on the race visual and audio signals from the race committee while waiting for wind. Great to see new faces on the race course!

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