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!






Sunday Series III overall results



Sunday Series 2020 Leaderboard/Final Standings






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Sunday Series III – Race 4

In pre-COVID times, this weekend would have been the weekend we bring the world together, gathering the Ambassadors of the world for a day of casual sailing and revelry in our annual Ambassadors’ Cup. With the current social distancing restrictions in place, the event has been postponed to 17th April 2021.

Meanwhile, we replaced the event with another instalment of our Sunday Series, which due to the fantastic response (19 Keelboats, 4 Multihulls & 5 Beach Catamarans) looked like a mini Ambassadors’ Cup on the start line. The response from the wind was however a little premature – a cold front brought in from a westerly squall, coupled with another weather system from the east already starting to pour, all took place 15 minutes before the start. Sailors were decked out in their wet weather gear, with some even preparing for a reef in their sails. However, the winds left as quickly as they arrived, leaving sailors on a gentle breeze against the current after the start – commencing a slow and tricky sail to Serangoon Buoy and back.

In the IRC Class, Red Rum One started well and took an early lead creating a much needed gap between her and the rest of the fleet. She managed to round Serangoon Buoy early enough to catch the remaining breeze together with the outgoing tide on the return leg. The light winds and prevailing wind angle was perfect for her to fly her asymmetrical, further extending her lead on the fleet to an insurmountable one – clinching a well-deserved bullet in her Class. To put things in perspective, the next boat (Born in Fire) which crossed the line was about 30minutes behind, an incredible lead for a short race. Fighting for 3rd place was Waka Tere and Jong Dee, with the latter succumbing to Waka Tere in the light airs, unable to produce a successful overtaking maneuvre on the Nelson 33.

We welcome 3 new entrants in the PY Class – Ratu Henny 2, Wild Card & Dauntless. Ratu Henny 2 and Wild Card are the gentle giants of the fleet, one being a 54ft Hylas and the other a 46ft Radford. The former is a visiting yacht from One Degree 15, and looked gorgeous amongst the Keelboats on the start line. The latter returned to the racing scene on a winning note – notching a decent start and achieving good boat speed on the upwind leg to Serangoon to cross the line 2nd and claim 3rd on corrected time. One little boat thrived in these wind conditions – the Esse 750, Petit Bateau. The sports boat welcomed the light airs and glassy waters, gliding through the course nearly effortlessly to score a huge lead over the fleet. Adona was a distant 2nd on corrected time, keeping pace with Wild Card to finish within sighting distance and 3rd across the line.

It was great to see the Multihull fleet double their numbers to 4 boats on the start line, shaking things up a bit on the course. Kaze navigated the conditions cautiously, and kept a close eye on 2nd placed Jaza Too which was hot on her trail. She defended her position successfully and sailed to her handicap – earning a well-deserved victory. Completing the podium in 3rd was Freddy Fam’s Phoenix. She returns after a long hiatus, and we hope to see the M23 racing more often in our Club events.

In the Beach Catamaran Class, Nigel Signal’s Stray Catz continues to perform well. She placed first both across the line and on corrected time. This makes it 2 wins from 2 weekends – he will be looking to replicate his performance for the remaining races in the Sunday Series and Twilight Series. 2nd place was awarded to Madfish II, as she defended her position successfully on the return leg against the chasing Ripple V and Balqis II. Nick Wakai’s Ripple V scored her first ever podium placing, completing the trio of winners in 3rd.

Congratulations to all the winners – yesterday’s condition was a true test of skill, and it was a joy to see that our members are very proficient (mostly) all-weather sailors. See you all next week for Twilight Series III Race 4, which takes place on Deepavali (14th November).






Series Results



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Sunday Series III – Race 3

Sailors participating in the Sunday Series III – Race 3 were treated to a glorious westerly breeze, blowing at a consistent 14 – 16 knots for the afternoon. However, a number of the boats struggled to handle the heavier air, resulting in some carnage across the course. Amidst the capsizes, collisions, damaged equipment and bruised egos, the biggest scare came from Waka Tere, as one of their crew fell and suffered a big cut on her skin, resulting in Waka’s early retirement and a immediate return to the Jetty for their crew to make her way to the hospital for treatment. We understand that she is currently in a safe and stable condition.

The conditions were perfect for Red Rum One, leading from start to finish in the IRC Class to take the bullet comfortably. Looking fierce with their new stickers, Born in Fire was also looking very slippery on the course, placing first runner-up. Against close rivals Jong Dee, the x99 emerged the clear winner, as the J35 grappled with a poor start and generally poor performance overall to finish 3rd.

A superb start from Adona paved the way for a well-deserved victory for Ad and crew, as they fended off a lean 3-person team on Brio in the PY Class. The J24 lapped up the windward-leeward course, taking advantage of their crew weight and the J24’s good pointing ability on the beat to make significant headway throughout the race. She wins by the closest of margins, just 9 seconds ahead of Brio on corrected time. First-time podium finishers Petit Bateau were all smiles at the results board, completing the PY podium in 3rd. She sailed a very good race, and her boat speed during the race reminds us of how fast the Esse 750 can be in the right wind conditions.

In Jaza Too‘s absence, together with the help of his 2 formidable crew, Tim Hill’s Cicak scored their first bullet in the Sunday Series III. Despite having a cautious approach with a reefed main at the start, Team Cicak managed to maintain good boat speed and crossed the line just 30 seconds behind Kaze. When the numbers were crunched, she edged Kaze out by a slim 17 seconds!

It was a great turn out of 7 boats on the start line for the beach catamaran class. There was a variety of different designs zipping about on the course, from F16s to the Nacra 20 and nippy Nacra 15, these boats were ready destroy the race in record time. 2 of the 3 Vipers participating placed first and second, as Madfish II pipped Bad Influence across the line to take both line honours and handicap victory. Louis Lim’s Taipan F16 continues to grace the podium, taming the wild westerlies to claim 3rd again,  making it 2 consecutive podium finishes for his Sunday Series campaign. The Beach Cat sailors were blessed to have come out largely unscathed, with only a reported mainsail and spinnaker pole damage.

Congratulations to all the winners and all participants for surviving/braving yesterday’s conditions! We hope to have continued good winds on the last day of October, where we conduct the 3rd race of our Twilight Series III.


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Sunday Series III – Race 2

Prevailing wind conditions were a consistent 8 to 10 knots from a south-westerly direction, setting up for another exciting Sunday Series challenge for the sailors. It was a great turn-out yet again, with 18 Keelboats, 3 Multihulls and 6 Beach Catamarans gracing the start line. With the winds blowing from the south-west, sailors assumed they would be sent westwards and began their pre-start routine on the east side of the line. However, race organisers surprised them with a pennant 4 course, sending them to Tekong Buoy and back.

Cicak sailed a superb downwind leg from CAAS 2 to Tekong Buoy, keeping things close and competitive with Jaza Too. However, it was all downhill from there, as Jaza Too stretched their lead on the fleet in the subsequent legs, taking the lead rounding CAAS 2 in first place and claiming a deserving win for Race 2 in the Multihull Class. Equipment malfunction saw Cicak sailing towards Squance without a screecher, allowing Kaze to extend their lead over Cicak to eventually take second place over the line and on corrected time. Despite their woes on the course, Skipper Lauren Hill from Team Cicak was all smiles back on shore, as she celebrates her 18th birthday today. Happy Birthday Lauren!

In the Beach Catamaran Class, we witnessed 3 spectacular capsizes from Kaze Cat (Nacra 20), Bad Influence (Viper F16) and Balqis II (Taipan F16). A quick recovery from the Nacra 20 ensured that she did not let the rest of the fleet gain too much ground, holding a lead large enough to claim line honours and second place on handicap. The 2 Nacra 15s ended up on different ends of the standings, with CHN 116 solo-sailed by Uli Braun to a hard-earned victory and SGP 117 skippered by Bryan Ngu struggling to keep up with the fleet at the tail-end. Finishing in 3rd were weekend warriors Louis & Clare on their Taipan F16 (SIN 007), who made it on the podium despite having spent very little time on water this year.

It was a very close contest in the PY Keelboat Class, with the fleet keeping it tight throughout the course (Only 24 minutes separating the first and last boat!). Having only just missed podium in last week’s Twilight Race, the crew onboard Brio wore big grins at the results board, having realized that they clinched victory for Race 2 of the Sunday Series III. She edged out 2nd placed Ikaroa by only 16 seconds after corrected time, much to the dismay of the all pink crew onboard. On that note, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! The crew of Ikaroa were all decked out in pink to show their support – and if you looked closely at some of the photos, you’ll see a pink bra hanging off her boom! Completing the podium in 3rd was the resilient Remington, making it 2 podium finishes over consecutive weekends.

Despite missing a mark and having to turn back to round it, Red Rum One sailed well to notch her first win for the series in the IRC Class – 1 minute and 14 seconds ahead of Jong Dee after handicap correction. The results were a lot closer between 3rd and 4th, as Born in Fire survived a broken spinnaker pole to sneak into 3rd just 23 seconds ahead of the chasing Waka Tere.

[13 Oct update – race organisers have made a mistake with the result tabulation for the IRC Class. after corrected time, Red Rum One finishes in second place, and first place is taken by Jong Dee. Results below have been updated. Apologies for the error]

Congratulations to all the winners, we hope the winds continue to be good to us this coming weekend, as we welcome everyone back for the 2nd race of the Twilight Series III.







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Sunday Series III – Race 1

A free weekend was all it took for many boats to repair and prepare their boats for the next Sunday Series, which commenced yesterday, 27th September. After a very successful Sunday Series II, sailors returned to compete at the start line, with a total of 26 boats racing in the first of 5 races for this Series.

A light and shifty South-westerly paired with a significant outgoing tide meant that it was largely a battle of wits (with some luck) on the race course, in addition to a strong emphasis on a good start to stay ahead of the fleet. Despite that, the quality of start from both fleets were poor, with many struggling to sufficiently compensate for the current. Faced with tricky conditions and the added challenge of navigating a very busy shipping channel – the skippers had their work cut out for them.

In the Multihull Class, 3 boats of very close handicaps wrestled for first place, with the formidable father and daughter pair on Jaza Too emerging as winners just seconds ahead of the chasing Cicak and Kaze. It was also a family affair on Cicak, with a double father and daughter combo onboard. They only just managed to triumph in 2nd place seconds ahead of Kaze after corrected time, relegating Kaze to 3rd.

The smaller Kaze (Kaze Cat), a Nacra 20 skippered by Damien Geoffray had better fortune on the course, exhibiting good boat speed early in the race to pull away from the fleet of 3 Vipers and 1 Nacra 15. She managed to put enough distance on her rivals to secure victory about 1 minute ahead of the Nacra 15. Madfish II completes the podium in 3rd.

Petit Bateau found herself on the wrong side of the start line during the start sequence, having to dip down to exonerate herself before continuing on her journey to Serangoon Buoy. Despite the mistake, she still started well ahead most of the fleet, in a prime position to eventually take a place in the top 3. Alas, another careless mistake of rounding one of the buoys in the wrong direction proved her undoing, resulting in a DNF score for Esben & team. There were a few other boats who produced a decent start, and the results showed. Series II winners Sapphire Star began their title defence on a winning note, earning first place across the line and on corrected time. Fierce rivals Minx was a close 2nd, followed by Adona in 3rd. These 3 boats nailed the start, and have similar handicaps, making things really close and exciting on the race course.

In the IRC Class, Waka Tere bounced back from a poor start to sneak a win ahead of Born in Fire, despite the latter being the first to cross the line. Born in Fire had the best start of the 3 boats in the IRC Class, but failed to capitalize on their advantage, struggling to extend her lead throughout the course. Despite her woes, she did enough to keep Jong Dee at bay, as the J35 could not recover from a dismal start, having to claw her way back up while dodging incoming/outgoing shipping vessels.

All in all, a great turnout for a challenging first weekend of racing for the Sunday Series III. See you next week for the first race of the Twilight Series III!






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