Sunday Series III – Race 3 (2-up Racing)

We end the 3rd weekend of 2 pax SMM restrictions with another round of Sunday Series 2-up sailing, sailing to North Angler and back on a Pennant 8 Course. An uncommon North-Easterly breeze greeted the small fleet of boats on the start line, paired with a significant outgoing tide to catapult the sailors around the corner and on their way to the designated turning point.

A building westerly system reshuffled the fleet on the return leg. Being the boat sailing closest to shore, Minx was the first IRC boat to capitalized on the wind shift/new breeze on her approach to Paku, thus allowing her to surge ahead of Waka Tere and Born in Fire to eventually take line honours and handicap victory in the IRC Class. Waka Tere and Born in Fire placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Represented by 3 boat at the beginning, the PY Class was unfortunately reduced to zero finishers, with Notus experiencing halyard issues before the start, Balqis and Jen’s Jaunt struggling to complete the race when the winds dropped later in the afternoon.

We are excited to have Jaza Too back on water after an extended break from racing/sailing. Graham & Campbell made a formidable pair as the Corsair Dash 750 made light work of the course to finish comfortably ahead of her rivals Miss Visayan and Phoenix. The latter edged out the former to claim 2nd place in a fleet of 3.

In the Beach Catamaran Class, we are encouraged to see better performance from Babe! sailing every weekend with a never-give-up attitude, Matt and Kellie sailed the Viper well today to keep well within the stipulated time limit. At the top end, Addiction continues to exert her dominance in this class, putting good distance between her and the chasing Nacra 20, Kaze. Bad Influence crossed the line 3rd but claimed 2nd position after handicap correction.

Congratulations to all the winners! Please be reminded to adhere to Safe Management Measures before, during and after racing – we look forward to more 2-up racing on Saturday, 23rd October. Following which, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for good news regarding further updates to the SMM restrictions from 25th October onwards.

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Sunday Series III – Race 2 (2-up Racing)

With the prevailing restrictions only allowing 2 persons to sail at all times, the club pivoted to 2-up racing for the first 4 weekends in October, allowing racing to continue as scheduled. However, with the revised crew numbers, these races are stand-alone, and will not count towards the overall Sunday Series/Twilight Results for all class except for the Beach Catamarans, which are not affected.

A gentle easterly was all that was required to complete the pennant 3 course set up for the modest fleet of 11 boats, taking them to Changi Buoy, westwards to Serangoon and returning to finish at the club line. Despite the significant incoming tide after 3pm, all 11 boats managed to finish the race comfortably within the time limit.

In the IRC Class, Thomas & Marissa worked in sync to sail Born in Fire to victory, beating veterans Waka Tere by a substantial 4 minutes after handicap correction. Short-handed sailing created new opportunities for Minx’s skipper Lucas to play with creative headsail set-ups, optimizing his boat speed with his chosen genoa. In his pursuit of getting the best out of her headsail in the prevailing conditions, Minx was rewarded with a well-deserved 3rd to complete the podium winners.

Just 2 boats took part in the PY Class, Southern Light & Olmeto. Special mention to Simba – despite not meeting the criteria of having only 2-persons onboard, Atul and family had an enjoyable time on the course, sailing the Dehler 37 well to claim line honours together with the eligible participants. When the numbers were crunched, Southern Light took the win on corrected time.

Glad to see the Multihulls being represented by Gary & Aspiah on Miss Visayan. We look forward to the return of Jaza Too next week (we hear Graham is serving his QO as we speak). The only class still able to run the Sunday Series & Twilight Series as per normal was the Beach Catamarans. With a fleet of 4, it was refreshing to see renewed interest in cat racing. Emerging on top was Addiction, previously named Ripple V. She beat her fellow viper Bad Influence, who returns after a long break from sailing. Rounding up the top 3 was none other than Balqis II – the lone taipan F16 in the fleet.

Congratulations to all the winners, we look forward to more racing next week, as we continue with 2-up fun on the Saturday Twilight (9th October).

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Sunday Series III – Race 1

With community cases and stress levels conjointly rising, what better way to escape today’s realities and de-stress, than to go sailing? We resumed Sunday Series III racing on 19th September, kicking off the series with a clockwise circumnavigation of Pulau Ubin (Pennant 6, green). Tricky winds all over the course kept the sailors on their toes, as they endeavoured to take the quickest route around the island.

One of the few notable changes was the renaming of Adona to Jellico, as Ad Smit’s decorated J24 is now under the safe helmsmanship of new owner, Cedric Declercq. Already familiar with the set-up and layout from his time as crew onboard Adona, it seemed like fish to water for Cedric going into his first race as skipper & owner of the newly christened Jellico – as he successfully completed and finished 3rd in the IRC Class. A commendable result, only behind veterans Waka Tere and Born in Fire in 2nd & 1st respectively. The X99 lead by a comfortable margin, capitalizing on Waka Tere‘s poor start to help put sufficient distance between the two of them to claim the first bullet of the Series.

In the PY Class, it was a struggle for the boats which did not fly their spinnakers, reducing them to a slow crawl north of Ubin. This may have played a part in the eventual DNFs for Montserrat, Olmeto & Remington – a shame considering all boats were in sight when the time limit was exhausted. Kudos to all 3 boats for the valiant effort! At the opposing end of the fleet, Invictus sailed superbly to claim victory by a comfortable 7 minutes on corrected time. The Farr 30 was far ahead of 2nd placed Southern Light, who performed surprisingly well in the fickle conditions. Completing the podium for the PY Class was Tim Hill and crew on the Club’s Platu 25 (Notus).

Good things come in pairs. We had a pair of boats representing the Multihull and Beach Catamaran Classes, with few openings to duel/match race due to the nature of the course. This effectively turned the race into a perfect opportunity to practice techniques and drills throughout the passage. The faster of two boats were Kaze and Addiction for the Multihull and Beach Catamaran Classes respectively.

Congratulations to all winners – thank you all 19 teams for participating! We look forward to commencing our Twilight Series III on 25th September, 1600hrs.

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Sunday Series II – Race 5

After a great day out for the final race of our Twilight Series II, we thought conditions could not get any better for the weekend…. but it did! Blessed with a strengthening South-Easterly Breeze which at times peaked above 10 knots, participants of the Sunday Series II – Race 5 reveled in the amazing sailing conditions as they competed on a pennant 8 course – bringing them on a beat to North Angler and back.

The IRC Class was hotly contested between Waka Tere and Adona, 2 boats separated by 1 point after 3 races. The J24 emerged with an advantage in the upwind-downwind course, as her symmetrical spinnaker proved superior to Waka Tere‘s asymmetrical set-up in the prevailing conditions. Minx notched her best performance in the series, completing the podium in 3rd on corrected time. Adona‘s win in race 5 secured her victory in the overall Sunday Series II, completing the series with 7 points from 4 races. Waka Tere‘s 5th place finish was enough to affirm her runner-up position, 4 points ahead of the X99, Born in Fire. Born in Fire‘s excellent performance (line honours & 2nd place) in the final race made all the difference, having kicked off with a disadvantage due to issues with her IRC.

In the PY Class, Simba sealed her win with a 3rd position today, completing the series with a 9 point lead over her closest rival, Invictus. The Mumm 30 did her best to take a bullet in the final race, making it on to the podium for the 3rd time in 4 races. She sits a comfortable 8 points in front of Remington, whose 10th place finish in the final race was enough to fend of the remaining teams vying for a podium position. Special mention goes to Olmeto, registering an impressive performance after a long cruising break for much of August. She scored 2nd on corrected time for Race 5, beating larger and quicker boats more adept at sailing windward-leeward courses.

We see a larger turn-out in the Sunday series for the Multihull Class, closely contested between Kaze and Phoenix. Both Trimarans were separated by a point, and the M23 certainly brought her A-game and sailed well to place ahead of the Corsair in the final race. However, that only resulted in a tie overall, which Kaze won due to more firsts in the series compared to the M23. Newcomers Phish claimed the remaining bullet by winning Race 5, under the steady helmsman-ship of skipper Scott McCook.

Ripple V and Stray Catz return to cross swords for the final race of the series, with the latter inching ahead to claim line honours for Race 5. It was however not enough, as Ripple V took victory on handicap. Ripple V won convincingly in the series, with 4 bullets from 4 races. Consistency made all the difference for new entrants Babe, as they took part in every race for the series to earn herself a well-deserved 3rd overall.

Congratulations to all the winners, another exciting day with glorious conditions! Thank you all for the support over the past few months – we look forward to welcoming everyone back on 19th and 25th September respectively for the Sunday Series III and Twilight Series III.

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Sunday Series II Overall Results

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