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

After a successful 2-up Sunday Series Race on 3rd October, we were glad to see more boats participating in this weekend’s 2-up Twilight Race. With the Twilight Course only extending as far as Squance and Changi Buoy, it is a great race for beginners who are learning how to race. However, the day’s conditions were less than ideal. Patchy and shifty southerly winds accompanied by strong currents made it a challenging passage for some of the less experienced sailors.

In IRC Class, 4 teams participated, with Waka Tere and Born in Fire making it a very close 1-2. The latter had emerged triumphant during last week’s Sunday Series Race, but struggled in today’s conditions and did not manage to create enough distance between her and Waka Tere to eventually settle for 2nd by a mere 32 seconds on corrected time. Jong Dee claimed the 3rd spot comfortably, placing 5 minutes ahead of Minx and a close runner-up to the lead boats across the line.

Leading the PY Keelboats was the graceful Remington, which took full advantage of the off-wind conditions to stay well ahead of the rest of the fleet. Her closest rival was Balqis, who eventually faltered at the final 2 legs to place 3rd on corrected time. The J24 failed to crack the puzzle that was the wind, as she struggled to make sense of the scattered wind holes across the course. Southern Light faired slightly better, completing the race just 34 seconds ahead of Balqis. Kudos to Jen’s Jaunt, for doing well to complete the course in good time! A yacht that usually struggles to complete the course, Jen’s Jaunt performed skillfully to take 4th place, her best showing thus far.

A trio of Trimarans represented the Multihulls. Warm welcome to First Tri, whose first try at sailing the Twilight Race was not bad! Despite giving up eventually, the bright yellow weta kept close to the fleet for most of the race, a good sign that she is sailing well to her handicap. The fight for top position was between Miss Visayan and Phoenix. The former surged forward in the final leg to claim line honours. A gap of 1 minute & 16 seconds was enough for her to seal victory over the M23 on corrected time.

After a long hiatus, it was great to see the return of Damien Geoffray and Kaze. She faced stiff competition from Stray Catz, skippered by Nigel Signal and her new owner, Tim Ghinn. What better way to introduce him to club racing than with a win? The Taipan F16 took victory approx 50 seconds ahead of the Nacra 20 after corrected time. Despite Tim’s relative inexperience in racing, we are sure his enthusiasm together with Nigel’s expert tutelage will help him successfully continue the decorated legacy of Stray Catz in our Club Racing scene.

Congratulations to all the winners, we continue with more 2-up racing on 17th October. See you then!

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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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Twilight Series III – Race 1

Just as we were getting into the groove of regular weekly club racing, the government announces new safe management measures reducing number of persons allowed to go sailing from 5 to 2, effectively suspending our Sunday Series III and Twilight Series III from 27 September to 24 October. Yesterday’s Twilight Series III – Race 1 saw a modest total of 11 Keelboats, 3 Multihulls and 2 Beach Catamarans participating. With storm clouds circling the sailing area and multiple wind holes littered across the channel, it certainly looked like a tricky course to navigate.

In the IRC Class, Waka Tere opened their Series account with a hard-earned victory, fending off a solid performance from Jellico throughout the passage. Jellico made good inroads on the final upwind leg to eventually reduce the winning margin to a narrow 43 seconds on corrected time. Completing the podium in 3rd was an unlikely trio on Skybird. Against a fleet of experienced IRC competitors, Edwin Low and his motley crew of cruising sailors sailed the Dehler 34 exceedingly well to secure the 2nd runner up position ahead of Minx and Simba in 4th & 5th respectively.

Despite starting behind the fleet due to a premature start, Shardana sailed a good race to catch up and overtake everyone and eventually claim line honours. However, she could not put enough distance between her and the chasing pack, spurred on by a strengthening breeze towards the end of the race. This resulted in the Dufour 34 placing 6th on corrected time – edged out by the rest of the fleet which took full advantage of the stronger winds to close the gap. Coming out on top was the little Catalina, Montserrat. We understand that she had just been put up for sale – if anyone is looking to purchase a cute and easy handling keelboat, please visit our notice board for more details. Remington placed 2nd, escaping an initial scare due to an entanglement at her mooring to claim a place on the podium. Olmeto outperformed the rest of the fleet to complete the podium in 3rd.

A trio of trimarans and a pair of catamarans represented the multihull/beach catamaran fleet. It was exciting to see Bula attempting (and winning) her first race under the careful tutelage of Scott McCook. Congratulations! – we hope that Bula has gained enough confidence to race with us on a more regular basis. Also great to see the return of Buay Kaola, sailed by John Tay with a star-studded crew which included veterans Alice & Campbell. Despite some halyard issues on the course, the Corsair 970 managed to hold on to her lead over Phoenix, taking 2nd place across the line and after handicap correction. Balqis II was the run-away winner for the Beach Catamaran Class! Special mention to Babe for her valiant effort and never-give-up attitude – exhausting the time-limit in her attempt to complete the race.

Congratulations to all the winners! Despite the tightened measures, please look forward to some adjusted 2-up racing over the next few weeks. Further updates will be sent out during the week.

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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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