Sunday Series II 2021 – Race 2

An offshore breeze greeted sailors on the start line for Race 2 of our Sunday Series II. With our IRC fleet growing, it seemed only right to separate the starting sequences of the IRC and PY fleets – a move welcomed by sailors from both classes.

However, sailors do need to be reminded that if the starting sequence signaled is not for your class, it is only courteous to stay well clear of the start line [Please refer to Racing Rules of Sailing 23.1]. This is all the more important with the increasing level of competition.

A quartet of F16s represented the Beach Catamaran Class, led by the newly decorated Ripple V. Sporting new red sticker designs on her bows, she was an easy spot for the photographer amidst the large number of boats. Rounding North Angler in the lead, she scored victory comfortably ahead of returning champions Madfish II. Bad Influence completed the podium in 3rd. Special mention to newbies Matt & Kellie on Babe! After a 15 minute crash-course on starting sequences and marks of the course, they completed their first ever Sunday Series race in a very respectable timing (just 10 minutes behind Bad Influence).

A trio of Trimarans participated in the Multihull Class, led by Xavier Glenard’s Kaze. Staying in the pressure and out of the strong incoming tide, she rounded North Angler ahead of the pack and sped off to finish in first place well ahead of the fleet. After a captivating story on Cruising World and a quick follow-up from the skipper of Cicak, we see the return of Captain Fatty on the helm of a trimaran! Steering her to a commendable 2nd place finish, it was a bittersweet end for one of Cicak‘s star crew – Lauren Hill. Having to continue her studies in England, this will be her last Sunday Series with us for a long while. Next week’s Twilight Race will be her final sailing race in Singapore. All the best Lauren, please continue sailing wherever you are!

A duo Just kidding. In the IRC Class, Waka Tere made amends for her poor performance in last week’s Twilight Race, sailing well in the off-wind conditions to place first on corrected time. Despite obtaining line honours, Red Rum One struggled to lengthen her lead on the fleet, settling for 5th on handicap. It was a close fight between Born in Fire and Adona for 2nd and 3rd. The former edged out the J24 by a mere 5 seconds on corrected time, maintaining their good form from recent weeks.

The biggest fleet yesterday was none other than the PY Keelboat Class. Despite having obtained a revalidated IRC, Simba chose to continue sailing in the PY Class for the rest of this series, a decision which reaped near-immediate rewards, emerging victorious in a 14-strong fleet. Skipper Atul attributes a weight-losing trip to the toilet pre-start as a significant factor for his team’s win, in addition to good sail trim and a clean hull. Coming in a very close 2nd and 3rd were Ikaroa and New Blue Eyes respectively.

Congratulations to all winners – see you next week for the Twilight Series II Race 2.

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Sunday Series II 2021 – Race 1

We’re back!

After nearly 2 months of no racing, it was great to return to our usual weekend routine, starting with the Sunday Series II on 4th July. Prevailing Safe Management Measures require teams to stick to groups of 5, as well as restricting to groups of 2 when consuming F&B pre/post race.

Winds were lacklustre in the morning, causing some pre-race anxiety for both the race committee and sailors participating. Thankfully, a light south-westerly breeze filled in just 30 minutes before the start, allowing the sailors to commence their journey to Serangoon in an orderly parade.

A near perfect start from Adona gave her an early advantage over the rest of the IRC fleet. She played the light airs in her favour, defending well against the leading Jong Dee to draw first blood on corrected time. Line honours and 2nd placing is a great showing from Jong Dee, looking refreshed after making some changes post Sailing Festival. Defending Champions Waka Tere were off to a shaky start, shaking off the rust to complete the podium in 3rd.

In the PY Class, an administrative oversight from Born in Fire sees them participating in this Class for Race 1 – pitting their skills against 11 other keelboats. They emerged clear ahead of the fleet together with Invictus – engaged in a close battle on the final leg to the finish line. On corrected time, Born in Fire scored a comfortable victory over Invictus, with Atul Sinha’s Simba cruising into a confident 3rd. We also hear Simba is awaiting an IRC Certificate – that means we may have 7 IRC boats going into Race 2 of the Sunday Series on 18th July!

Kaze topped the Multihull fleet, exhibiting superior boat speed on all legs. The lack of sailing over the last 2 months seemed to have affected Miss Visayan as well, struggling with technical difficulties at the leeward mark rounding. Despite the issues at CSC 1, she managed to secure 3rd on handicap, just behind Phoenix. Freddy Fam’s M23 (Phoenix) sports a distinctive kite possibly acquired from other M23 (now retired) Baloo. As the Series develops, we do hope to see Phoenix racing more regularly!

The Beach Catamarans were led by an old-new entrant, as Jeremy Perrier returns to race in our Sunday Series. Recently taken over Ripple V, he intends to sail more regularly on the weekends, a welcome addition to the fleet. In 2nd place, we have another Jeremy (Nixon) on the podium, who interestingly enough, is sailing what was previously Mr Perrier’s Viper (Bad Influence). Just astray in 3rd was none other than Stray Catz. Nigel continues to keep the younger sailors in check, always ready to pounce when they slip up!

Congratulations to all the winners! This Saturday, we look forward to more racing fun at the Twilight Series II, Race 1. See you on water.

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Sunday Series I 2021 – Race 1

After a 2 week break from racing, the club commenced 2021’s Sunday Series programme on 11th April. The Sunday Series attracts members and sailors of all sailing levels, providing a competitive fleet and a variety of sailing courses to test your sailing skills. The forecasted 7-9 knots of wind showed up on time, providing the 27-strong fleet a beautiful downwind leg to Serangoon before returning on an upwind beat to finish at the Club Line.

It has been a long while since the IRC Class had 6 boats participating at one go, what a refreshing sight! We welcome back Jong Dee, skippered by the Club’s Rear Commodore (Sailing), Mr Paul Kendall. Out of action for a couple of months due to maintenance/repairs, it was great to see her back in the thick of the fray. Despite her long absence, Jong Dee finished 5th just 6 seconds behind Minx – a commendable effort from the team. A relatively short course meant that Red Rum One had little opportunity to extend her lead, eventually settling for 3rd on corrected time. the fight for first place was between this year’s Commodore’s Cup and Sailfest Regatta champions, Adona & Waka Tere. The latter drew first blood, coming up on top by a slim 1 min 13 secs.

With 11 boats participating, the PY fleet was once again the largest fleet on water. We have 1 new entry this year – a catalina 22, Montserrat. Skippered by Adrian Janssen, the little boat held her own to complete the course in a respectable time of 2hrs 13mins. At the top of the table we also have a little boat turning heads, as Brio triumphed against bigger and quicker boats in the fleet. Despite a poor start, Invictus redeemed herself to perform well on the remaining legs to claim line honours and 2nd on handicap just 2 minutes behind Brio. Shardana completes the podium in 3rd with a safe and solid performance all round – crediting her results to the prevailing wind conditions.

A trio of trimarans represented the Multihull Class, of which one of the boats is racing in our Sunday Series for the very first time! Under the skillful guidance of Scott McCook, the team on 4Adventure were all smiles throughout the course, completing their first race of the season in 1hr 25mins. Despite trailing behind Cicak after the first mark rounding, Jaza Too eventually caught up and dashed ahead of her nippy rival, claiming victory by a comfortable 4 minutes.

The Beach Catamarans also see a new entry with an old hand at the helm. Uli Braun’s latest catamaran acquisition is an A-Class Catamaran (or A-Cat), a development class sailing catamaran for single-handed racing. Not unlike her name, A Loof was quite cool and distant from the rest of the fleet – as her skipper continues to learn and understand the boat better. At the top of the table, Madfish II opens her Sunday Series account with a win, placing first on corrected time just 46 seconds ahead of Stray Catz. She managed to fend off 2 chasing vipers, with Bad Influence emerging the better of the 2, claiming the remaining podium position ahead of Ripple V.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you all for joining us this weekend! We look forward to racing again on 24th April (Twilight Series I – Race 1).

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Sunday Series III – Race 5 [FINAL]

A total of 29 boats participated in the Sunday Series III Race 5 – a tremendous turn out for the last scheduled club series race for 2020. The winds delivered, starting with a cool breeze from an easterly direction, providing sailors with both a square start and a long beat to CAAS 2 on the first leg of course 4. A storm from the north kicked things up a notch at Tekong Buoy, bringing wind speeds up to 15 knots – sending sailors flying back towards the club with the chasing rain hot on their sterns.

In the IRC Class, Red Rum One could not emulate the same performance from Saturday’s Twilight victory, as they struggled to handle the stronger winds with only 5 sailors onboard. Despite crossing the line first, Born in Fire and Waka Tere were a close 2nd and 3rd – resulting in Waka Tere taking the bullet on corrected time, just 7 seconds ahead of Born in Fire. For her efforts, Red Rum One completes the podium in 3rd. In the Series, the order was reversed – Red Rum One‘s 3rd place finish was enough for her to be crowned the Sunday Series III champions, just 1 point ahead of Born in Fire. Waka Tere‘s bullet in race 5 gave her a total of 9 points, taking 3rd overall. Together with her win in Sunday Series II, Waka Tere claims the 2020 Sunday Series Challenge Trophy on 4 points, completing the double for Club Series racing this year!

Making up nearly half of yesterday’s fleet, The PY boats were fiercely competitive on the course, with on average less than a minute separating all boats which managed to finish the race. Brio handled the strong winds superbly, as the little Sonar flew in yesterday’s conditions – clinching victory by 49 seconds over 2nd placed Remington on corrected time. Adona was awarded a well-deserved 3rd, keeping pace with the quicker sports boats to finish just seconds behind Petit Bateau and Jonty J. On handicap, the J24 was only 41 seconds behind Remington. In the Series, Adona cemented her position on top, claiming the Series III title on 9 points. Her bullet in Race 5 meant that Brio was the best of the rest, completing this series with 11 points as the first runner-up. An extremely consistent result from Balqis this Series, notching three 4th place finishes and a 5th to claim 3rd on 17 points. The overall PY Sunday Series Challenge Trophy for 2020 went to Adona, having secured a 2nd in Series II and a victory in Series III to earn a place on the trophy name plate.

In the Multihull Class, 4 boats competed for the top spot – Kaze and Phoenix return to join usual suspects Cicak and Jaza Too on the course. Kaze thrived in heavier air, exhibiting good boat speeds on the reach. She was sailed well to her handicap, taking first place nearly 3 minutes ahead of Jaza Too – a sufficient margin to win on corrected time. Cicak crossed the line about 2 minutes after, securing her place in 3rd. In the Series standings, Kaze‘s bullet in Race 5 earned her a place on top, wresting it from Jaza Too. After 5 races they were tied on 6 points, with the same number of 1sts and 2nds. The tie was broken in Race 5, which Kaze won. A bullet in Race 3 and podium finishes in all races resulted in a commendable 3rd for Cicak. Despite only finishing 3rd in Series III, it was enough for Cicak to secure the 2020 Sunday Series Challenge Trophy in the Multihull Class – having won Series II.

The Beach Catamarans return to the water in full force, 7 boats consisting of an array of F16s and 1 Nacra 15 took to the start line. Flat water and high winds made for an enjoyable trapeze session for the fleet, as they zipped through the course in good time – making it back just before we got the brunt of the storm. Madfish II claimed both line honours and first place on corrected time, just seconds ahead of Stray Catz. Uli Braun’s solo efforts on his Nacra 15 once again awarded him with a place on the podium, completing the winners in 3rd. Despite not racing in Race 2, Madfish II sailed well throughout the rest of the Series, amassing  2 bullets, a 2nd and a 3rd to win Series III on 7 points. The Nacra 15 (CHN 116) was just 3 points adrift, taking 2nd place on 10 points. Bad Influence was the best of the rest, as she was rewarded with 3rd in the series for her consistent performance and attendance. The 2020 Sunday Series Challenge Trophy for the Beach Catamaran Class was awarded to Madfish II, 2 wins from both Series completes a great year for Doug and Erica. Special mention goes to Ripple V, the new kid on the block! A commendable 4th place finish in Series III despite it being her first experience in club racing – we look forward to a more diverse and competitive fleet in 2021.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you everyone for taking part! We now begin our plans for a New Years Eve Race and a Hangover Race for New Year’s day – followed by the return of a new season of our Sailing Festival Regattas in 2021. See you then!

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Sunday Series III overall results

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Sunday Series 2020 Leaderboard/Final Standings

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