Sunday Series III 2023 (Finale)

Following the successful conclusion of the 2023 Twilight Series on Saturday, the fleet quickly transited to the final race for the Sunday Series on the following day. Comprising of Series I, II & III, a total of 15 races were conducted over March – December 2023, with 10th December being the 15th and final race to bring the competition to a close. Blessed with a Northerly breeze, sailors were treated to a pleasant sail on course 4, taking participants to Tekong Buoy and back.

Despite a late start, the sole representative from the Beach Catamaran Class managed to claw her way back to the top of the fleet, finishing amongst the Multihulls and IRC Keelboats. Addiction’s win in Race 5 was the only race she participated in for Series III. We are however certain that she will return for the NE Monsoon Sailing Festival in 2024. The fleet’s absence was felt, as the poor attendance for the Series and the year meant that none of the teams will be awarded the Sunday Series Challenge Trophy for 2023. We hope to see a rejuvenated fleet next year!

In the Multihull Class, we return for Round 2 of the Bula – Miss Visayan match-up. Neck and neck for most of the race, Bula overtook Miss Visayan at the windward mark rounding, and a costly technical error near Changi Beach snuffed out any hopes of Miss Visayan overtaking her smaller rival. The Corsair Dash’s win was unfortunately not enough to get pass Miss V in the Series and overall 2023 standings, claiming 2nd place in both by 2 points. Gary Curtis and crew were all smiles, having secured the double – taking home both the Twilight and Sunday Series Challenge Trophies for the Multihull Class. Bravo Zulu to newcomer Dot Dot Dot, as her consistency and persistence paid off – awarding her with 3rd in Series III and 3rd overall for the year.

The largest fleet no doubt, and arguably the most competitive fleet (some would suggest), the PY Class was represented by 5 boats on water this Sunday. All the main characters have come out to play, setting the stage for an exciting conclusion. Starting from the top, Waka Tere again showed dominant form on the course, successfully deciphering the conditions around Tekong Buoy and stretching her lead to claim line honours and a comfortable victory in the PY Class. She was chased by Remington and Brio, completing the podium in 2nd and 3rd respectively on corrected time. The S & S 42 displayed a rare kite hoist, much to our photographer’s delight. Skipper Paul Sneesby must be pleased with the team’s 2nd place finish in the Series and 3rd overall for 2023, following a successful Twilight campaign. Waka Tere took 3rd in Series III, a commendable outcome despite missing out on Race 4.

Despite their 5th placing in Race 5, Jock her performed well enough to secure 2nd overall in the Sunday Series Leaderboard for 2023. However, the biggest success was undeniably Brio – as her consistently good performance throughout the year was reflected in her results: awarding the team with the title of champions for Sunday Series III and the overall Sunday Series 2023 Challenge Trophy.

Represented by a much smaller fleet, the IRC Keelboat Class consists of only 3 participating boats on the start line. Despite the numbers, it was a thrilling trio and a joy to watch the clean manoevres on water. The tiny J24 topped the fleet, scoring another bullet for Series III to finish the event with an impressive 6 points. Her performance was bested only by Adona, whose 2nd place finish for Race 5 was sufficient to consolidate her position in the top spot with 5 points. Rounding off the winners would be the mellowed Minx, following her recent success in the Twilight Series. In the overall standings, Adona claimed the overal Sunday Series Challenge Trophy for 2023, accumulating 27 points over 15 races. Minx’s efforts were recognized – 31 points from 15 races placed her in 2nd – her better attendance record successfully defended against a strong but late performance from Cedric’s Jellico, finishing 3rd with 45 points.

Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to all 31 boats registered for this year’s Sunday Series. Enjoy the holidays and see you on 31 Dec for the NYE Twilight Race.

Results

Race 5_Sunday Series III 2023 Results

Sunday Series III Results

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2023 Sunday Series Leaderboard

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Sunday Series III 2023 (Race 4)

The insistent rain over the past week carried over to the weekend, as dark clouds loomed dramatically over CSC, threatening to give participants of the Sunday Series III Race 4 a cold shower. It did not pour, but thankfully an eastern breeze filled in, providing a decent upwind leg to Changi Buoy right after the start. As the afternoon developed, the winds swung to a southerly direction, bringing the fleet into a parade on a reach for the remainder of the race.

Undoubtedly the fastest boat on water, the Nacra 16 Square once again took line honours, making it 3 wins from 3 races in the Beach Catamaran Class. Thank you Scott, for continuing to keep the beach catamaran fleet purring through the series.

The Multihulls were a healthy number of 4, with the usual suspects all in attendance. Despite an OCS at the start, Bula showed us why she is a serious contender – coming from behind to overtake her three rivals in clinical fashion and stealing a victory from Miss Visayan. Completing the podium is a boat that is hard to miss, with eye-catching decals adorning her hulls. Dot Dot Dot defended her position well to secure 3rd just ahead of Ragnarok.

In the Keelboat PY Class, we witnessed another episode of David vs Goliath – Brio and Remington take on each other in a short-course battle on the East Johor Straits. The latter finished a comfortable 6 minutes ahead of Brio, a sufficient gap to claim a bullet in Race 4 on corrected time. The sonar settled for 2nd, clearly enjoying the advantages of having a lighter and more nimble boat in the shifty winds. She placed ahead of Birregurra, whose Hanse 415 struggled to get into her groove in yesterday’s challenging conditions. A late start costed the team on Jock, playing catch up after starting 21 minutes behind proved too much for them to recover from.

A clash of champions – AC23 winner Adona, J24 one-design winner Jellico, Tioman Regatta winner Minx and AC22 winner Born in Fire all participated in the IRC Class. The most grounded of these established teams should be Born in Fire, as skipper Thomas may have taken the term too literally. The X99 was unfortunate to have her race stalled for awhile, as the team scrambled to refloat the boat. Despite the humbling experience, the delay was not enough to kick her off the podium, securing a 3rd place on corrected time. She was bested by the 2 Js, of which the larger one was dominant throughout. Adona clinched victory with ease – making accurate calls and exhibiting good boat speed on the course.

Congratulations to all the winners! Having completed the penultimate Sunday Series Race for 2023, we’re excited to invite everyone back on 10th December to join us for the Grand Finale. We will conclude Series III and the Series leaderboard for 2023 then – see you in 2 weeks!

Results

Race 4_Sunday Series III 2023 Results

Series III Results 27 Nov

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Sunday Series Leaderboard 2023 (updated 27 Nov)

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Sunday Series III 2023 (Race 3)

Happy Deepavali to All! Our 3rd Race of the Series coincidentally falls on the day where Hindus around the world celebrate the Festival of Lights. While CSC is tucked away in a little corner of Singapore, we no doubt felt the carnival-like atmosphere, from chanting and cheering on water as the pulau ubin ferry boats pass our fleet to the vibrant throngs along the changi beach singing and dancing as our sailors rounded Changi Buoy.

The race itself was an intimate affair, with the IRC providing the largest representation of 5 boats in their class. Weather-wise, the fleet was made to wait for the first hour of the afternoon, as the winds were too light for sailors to make any progress on water. At 15 minutes to 3pm, an easterly breeze greeted the fleet, prompting race organizers to quickly remove the AP signal and commence the countdown to start – sending sailors on a short course to Changi Buoy and back (2 loops).

Of course waiting was not for everyone, as Ikaroa, Dot Dot Dot and Ragnarok decided to call it an afternoon before the AP Flag was removed, leaving Miss Visayan sailing alone in the Multihull Class and reducing the PY Class to three. Miss Visayan and Scott McCook’s Nacra 16 kept the Multihull and Beach Catamaran fleet alive, completing the course in the gentle breeze to take home victory in their respective classes.

In the PY Class, a three-way battle between Brio, Waka Tere and Jock developed, with the Nelson 10 struggling to pull away from her smaller competitors on the short course. This was reflected in the final scoreline, as Brio claimed a comfortable victory on corrected time, and despite it not being her best performance – Jock scraped through to 2nd just seconds ahead of Waka Tere in 3rd.

There were some heated exchanges and aggressive moves displayed by competitors in the rejuvenated IRC Fleet. Starting with the starts, Jong Dee and Born in Fire were prematurely on the course site, with the latter successfully returning to exonerate herself. The former was however not so fortunate, missing out on the vhf communication and having her view of the flag signals blocked after the start. Despite her best efforts, the X99 could only muster a 4th place overall, excluded from podium contention. Minx scored 3rd on corrected time, a decent result considering her lack of crew coming into this race. At the top, it was a battle of the Js, with the J24 emerging victorious. Jellico sailed an aggressive race to score a bullet and displaced recent Ambassadors’ Cup Champions, Adona.

Congratulations to all the winners and have a pleasant long weekend everyone!

Results

Race 3_Sunday Series III 2023 Results

 

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Sunday Series III 2023 (Race 2)

Despite starting in a promising north-easterly breeze on a pennant 3 course, the fleet for the Sunday Series III Race 2 was reduced to a slow crawl on the return leg from Serangoon Buoy, with a few boats using nearly the full 210 minutes allowed for the race. All classes were represented this weekend, with a total of 12 boats sailing across 4 classes.

The Beach Catamaran Class welcomes new entrant, Babe, together with last week’s Twilight winner, Bubble Trouble and veteran Balqis II to make it a fleet of three. Although Babe had to retire and Bubble Trouble missed the finish line, it was most encouraging to see that both boats made a valiant effort to complete the challenging course. Balqis II returns to racing with her first victory for this series, looking sharp and ready for 4th November’s Ambassadors’ Cup.

Miss Visayan continues her winning ways, cruising to a comfortable lead in front of Dot Dot Dot. Skipper David Steel returns to racing sporting a beautiful sticker design adorning the hull, very much in symphony with the boat’s name. Despite her struggles at the start and spinnaker hoist, she completed the race in a respectable 2 hours 19 minutes and 40 seconds to place 2nd in the Multihull Class.

Once again the biggest fleet, but this time by a slim margin – the PY fleet was represented by a total of 4 boats. It was a competitive group, and Jock found herself struggling to catch up with the fleet after stalling at the start. She eventually missed out on podium, but not for the lack of trying. In 3rd place, Waka Tere crossed swords with Brio on the course, a rare occurrence for a boat which usually battles with the likes of Adona for line honours. The sonar sailed a brilliant race, scoring her first bullet for the series, with a very comfortable 14 minute lead on Remington after corrected time.

In the IRC Class, Adona performed well on the course. After securing an early lead, the J29 made further gains to eventually cross the finish line 23 minutes ahead of her nearest rival. The battle between the X342 and the J24 saw the little J emerge victorious, as Minx only managed to put 2 minutes between her and Jellico – an insufficient gap to win on corrected time.

Thank you all for participating – and congratulations to the winners! We look forward to having everyone back this Friday for Members Night, and Saturday for the Twilight Series and Racing Rules Clinic.

Results

Race 2_Sunday Series III 2023 Results

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