Sunday Series II Race 5 (Final)

Improved air quality made for a better sailing experience, as sailors were treated to a haze-free afternoon of racing. The Sunday Series allows the use of spinnakers, therefore attracting more experienced sailors to take part as well. Race 5 of our Sunday Series II sees a total of 15 boats participating over 5 classes.

Greeted with a strengthening outgoing tide and a shifty southerly breeze, race organizers decided on a pennant 5 course, taking sailors on a journey to Serangoon and back. In the absence of staunch Club racing supporter Itchy-Go, Jonathan Hardy’s Tantrum flew the flag high for the Weta Class, zipping up and down the course. She joins the 2 beach catamarans as the only dinghy multihulls in participation. Back after a long break, Madfish II nearly missed the start, scrambling off the beach as the warning signal went. She recovered to take an early lead and eventual victory over Bad Influence (sporting new sails!). Race 5 results did not do much to the overall standings, as Itchy-Go claims victory in the Series for the Weta Class and Bad Influence takes 1st place 5 points ahead of Madfish II.

In the Cruising Multihull Class, 5 closely matched boats challenge for the top spot, and Miss Visayan was the biggest winner, sailing well to claim line honours and 2nd on corrected time! Witblits did 1 better than her Twilight performance, scoring a bullet after handicap. Cicak struggled to emulate their performance on Saturday, only managing to squeeze out a 3rd. Despite that, she did just enough to win the overall Series II 2 points ahead of Witblits. It was even closer between 2nd and 3rd as both Witblits and Miss Visayan were tied on points after 5 races – resulting in the former winning the tie-breaker with more bullets notched.

Another exciting episode of PY fleet racing took place on Sunday, with the introduction of occasional racer Sapphire Star thrown into the mix. A careless and costly mistake of not reading the Sailing Instructions properly resulted in a squandered race for Simon and crew. Despite the error, it was great to see Sapphire Star‘s symmetric spinnaker in action, a rare sight for most of us! Sailing a good race to cross the finish line in 2nd place, Marsh Mellow claimed victory on corrected time, 2 minutes and 8 seconds ahead of Olmeto. 2nd, 3rd and 4th were separated by less than a minute after handicap, making it a really close race for the podium. Remington only just edged out Southern Light by 6 seconds to complete the podium winners. In the overall standings, Ikaroa topped a fleet of 14 boats after 5 races, discarding her DNC for a total of 7 points. She completed the Sunday Series II without having to race in Race 5, finishing a comfortable 5 points ahead of close rivals Minx, whose performance in race 5 was sufficient to secure 2nd overall just 2 points ahead of Southern Light.

Red Rum continues her lonely crusade in the IRC Class, patiently waiting for the return of regular IRC racers Jong Dee, Invictus, Born in Fire, Waka Tere, Simba and Shardana. She misses her playmates, and hopes to be able to meet some of these boats in the next Series (III)!

Thank you all for participating in the final race of the Sunday Series II. We now take 1 week off club racing, and will return to Series III on 29th September.

Results (Race 5)
Beach Catamarans
Cruising Multihulls
PY Keelboats

Results Overall Sunday Series II
IRC Overall
All Classes Overall

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Twilight Series II Race 5 (Final)

With the return of the Haze, our Twilight Series II Finale was somewhat affected, with sailors having to deal with poor visibility and even poorer air quality. Despite these added challenges, it was still a decent turnout of 12 boats for the 5th and final race of Series II.

In the IRC Class, leaders Skybird was joined by returning yachts Waka Tere and Invictus for a 3-way battle. Skybird‘s 2 bullets from Race 3 and 4 put her in the driving seat, as Waka Tere would need a win from race 5 and Skybird to finish 3rd for her to snatch the victory from the Dehler 34. An abysmal start from Skybird left her playing catch-up with the rest of the fleet. Despite the initial setback, she sailed well enough to claim 2nd on corrected time and win the Twilight Series II 1 point ahead of Waka Tere.

The PY fleet boast boats with strong racing pedigree as well, such as Simba and Shardana, both previously competed extensively in the IRC Class. Not surprisingly, these are the 2 boats which finished in 1st and 2nd respectively, with the former also claiming line honours. Southern Light completed the podium in 3rd. In the overall series standings, Southern Light‘s good attendance and 3 podium finishes over 5 races earned her a 3rd place with 15 points. Despite finishing last on Saturday, Brio did enough to secure herself in 2nd on 11 points. PY overall victory went to Simba, sitting pretty on top with a total of 5 points from 4 races.

Scoring the only down-down for Saturday, M23 Baloo from the Cruising Multihull Class bumped into Cicak after casting off his mooring, in a failed attempt to take out the competition before the start. She did well in Saturday’s wind angles, taking line honours and 3rd on corrected time. Coming in 1st and 2nd was Cicak and Witblits, with the former just edging across the line by 27 seconds. Victory in Race 5 concluded a fine run by Team Cicak for this Series, scoring a total of 4 bullets from 5 races to seal her Twilight win with 4 points. 3 podium finishes with a best performance of 2nd in races 2 and 4 from Miss Visayan – coupled with consistent attendance resulted in a well-deserved 2nd overall. Eeepai was the best of the rest, taking 3rd on 25 points.

A poor attendance from the Beach Catamaran and Weta Classes for Series II meant that no prizes were given out yesterday – we look forward to a re-energized fleet from both classes in Series III! Congratulations to all the winners, please see below for Race 5 results and overall Series II standings.

Results (Race 5)
IRC Keelboat
PY Keelboat
Cruising Multihull

Twilight Series II Overall
IRC Overall
All Classes Overall

 

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Sunday Series II Race 2 (14 July)

Just when we thought the winds have settled into a consistent South-Westerly direction, sailors were greeted with a gusty South-Easterly breeze, putting them through a patchy pennant 4 course.

In the absence of regulars and close rivals Red Rum (away for the RSYC Regatta) and Born in Fire, Jong Dee and Invictus were the only keelboats participating in the IRC Class. The latter underestimated the outgoing tide at the start, crossing the line pre-maturely to give an early lead to Jong Dee. Despite clawing back to claim the lead and eventual line honours, Invictus had to settle for 2nd, struggling to put distance between her and Jong Dee.

The PY Class was hotly contested, with a total of 8 boats participating. False starts from Southern Light, Balqis and Marsh Mellow meant the 3 of them had to play catch-up with the rest of the fleet. Leading the fleet most of the way were Ikaroa and Minx, 2 boats which thrive in stronger winds. With 3 boats hot on her heels, the Ikaroa eventually scored line honours and victory on corrected time, ahead of Minx, Marsh Mellow and Balqis. When the numbers were crunched, Marsh Mellow emerged as 1st runner up, followed by Balqis in 3rd. Minx got the short end of the stick, finishing just out of podium position.

Weta Trimaran, Beach Catamaran and Cruising Multihull Classes had 1, 2 and 3 participants respectively in each class, a lower than average turn out for the multihulls. Tim Jackson’s Itchy-Go continues to fly solo, enjoying the pockets of breeze and lapping up the favourable wind angles. Jeremy Nixon’s Bad Influence won the duel in the Beach Catamaran Class, besting veterans Stray Catz across the finish line and on corrected time. A 100% effort from Eeepai gave them a hard-fought victory in the Cruising Multihull Class, fending off a strong challenge from Cicak.

Congratulations to all the winners, good luck to Red Rum and Invictus at the upcoming RSYC Regatta taking place on 20, 21 & 27 July 2019.

Results
IRC Keelboat
PY Keelboat
Cruising Multihull
Beach Catamaran

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Sunday Series II (Race 1)

After a month-long hiatus, sailors were raring to return to racing! A gentle south-westerly breeze took sailors up to Tekong Buoy and back, but not without challenges. Offshore winds and airplane downdrafts meant that winds were shifty and unpredictable in the vicinity of CAAS2, resulting in a shuffle of positions across all classes.

In the IRC Class, Red Rum found it hard to shake off Jong Dee throughout the course, with the latter nearly besting the Archambault 40 across the finish line. Jong Dee went on to take victory after corrected time, and Red Rum surrendered 2nd place by 8 secs to visitors and newly crowned 2019 Besar Series Champions Rainbow Dream on handicap – leaving them in 3rd.

Despite the modest numbers in the PY Class, it was great to see the fleet closely packed together, as leaders Southern Light and Minx struggled to lengthen their lead on the chasing boats. 1st & 2nd place went to Olmeto and Ikaroa respectively, with both boats sailing a superb race to keep the front-runners in sight, and taking full advantage of their spinnakers to close the gap on the downwind. Scoring line honours just ahead of Minx was not the only reason for Southern Light‘s joy, as their efforts also rewarded them with a 3rd on corrected time – completing the podium.

Shaun Norris’s Witblits looks re-energized on the course today, sailing with Series I Beach Cat Champions Persian Cat sailors Chris and Neda onboard. Witblits did well from start to finish to score a bullet in the Cruising Multihull Class. Jaza Too’s Skipper Graham Horn survived a minor scare on the boat, injuring his thumb through a sailing manouevre. The accident did not stop Jaza Too from cruising to 2nd place – a commendable effort from the Horn family! Some wasted time tacking near the finish line did not dent Eeepai’s pursuit for a podium position, eventually crossing the line and scoring 3rd on corrected time. Despite what seemed like a decent lead over Cicak, Baloo did not do enough to widen her lead, missing out on 4th place by just over a minute after corrected time.

Madfish II started their Sunday Series II campaign with a victory over Stray Catz in the Beach Catamaran Class, but not without the latter putting up a fight. The final leg saw the 2019 Catamaran Nationals Champions overtake the veterans to score both the line honours and win on corrected time. In the Weta Class, Itchy-Go was joined by Tantrum and Ex Igne VI for a 3-way battle. Unfortunately Tantrum & Ex Igne VI found the course too long and physically draining, both eventually handing the win to Itchy-Go by deciding against sailing to Squance for the final leg and returning to shore.

Great start to Sunday Series II – Thank you all for participating, see you next week for Race 1 of the Twilight Series II!

Results

IRC Keelboat
PY Keelboat
Cruising Multihull
Beach Catamaran
Weta

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CSC@Besar Regatta 2019 (Day 3)

The third and final day of racing around the beautiful islands of Mersing brought sailors around Rawa and back, but not without putting the participants through a lull for the first hour after the start.

Flying a pennant 4 was a risky decision which eventually paid off for race organizers, with a consistent Southerly breeze filling in after 1pm. Rainbow Dream took an early lead to arrive at Rawa first, with Shardana hot on her heels. Upon rounding Rawa, yachts were taken on close-haul, giving Shardana the advantage. She sailed a strong upwind to close the gap and overtake Rainbow Dream and secured line honours for the final race. Despite Shardana‘s valiant efforts, Rainbow Dream made it 3 wins from 3 races after corrected time.

Windancer bounced back from 4th place in Day 2 – to unleash her kite for the downwind legs, not allowing the fleet ahead to extend their lead. She danced her way to victory after corrected time, scoring a total of 7 points over 3 days to finish 2nd overall in the PY Class. Southern Light sailed their best race of the series, taking full advantage of her enormous kite to take the lead on the downwind and secure 3rd overall. Despite scoring her worst result of the series, Minx managed to survive the late onslaught from close rivals Windancer and Southern Light to take overall 1st for the Pulau Besar Series.

Upon return to shore, sailors proceeded to do their Port Clearance, Customs and Immigrations on-site. made possible by the government officials from Mersing. Later in the evening, surprise guest Peter Diaz got the party started, lifting everyone from their seats and onto the dance floor.

Thank you all for participating in the 6th edition of the CSC@Besar Regatta, may the 7th return to Besar with a bigger fleet!

IRC Day 3 Besar 2019
PY Day 3 Besar 2019

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CSC@Besar Regatta 2019 (Day 2)

Day 2 of racing took sailors on the Tiger Challenge, sending participants on a beautiful passage to Harimau and back. With it being the longest course available, the race committee needed the wind gods to cooperate to ensure sailors returned to the bar before nightfall. Luckily for everyone, the winds delivered, blowing strong and true from the South-West for the whole day!

Acing the start was Southern Light, whose nimble manoeuvres at the pin-end resulted in a well-timed start right by the yellow buoy. Both Shardana and Southern Light took an early lead, pulling away from the fleet. Despite being sandwiched between Shardana and Windancer right after the start, Rainbow Dream sailed extremely well on the downwind leg to Harimau, overtaking everyone to clinch the day 2 double.

In the PY Class, Defiance defied all odds to clinch victory on handicap, thus keeping overall leaders Minx on their toes going into the final day. An excellent move to sail on a long tack towards mainland on the upwind leg paid off handsomely, keeping her in pressure all the way to the finish line, overtaking Southern Light in the process. The latter sailed a strong downwind leg, but struggled with the lighter winds on the return beat. Despite that, she was consistent, making it a second 3rd in 2 days. The decision not to fly a spinnaker and sticking close to Besar Island on the downwind leg could have been the main reasons behind yesterday’s 1st-runner up Windancer‘s (or now affectionately known as “Angin Joget” by the locals) poor result, trailing behind the rest of the fleet. We are certain Angin Joget will make a roaring return tomorrow!

With the shortest and longest course ticked off the list, we can expect the contest tomorrow to be a race around Rawa and back, completing the 3 signature passages of this Regatta!

IRC Day 2 Besar 2019
PY Day 2 Besar 2019

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CSC@Besar Regatta 2019 (Day 1)

Crystal clear waters and a gentle South-Westerly breeze greeted sailors this morning, an encouraging start to day 1 of the Series racing at Pulau Besar.

With the recent winds still uncertain, race committee played it cautious with the course, displaying a pennant 1 for both the IRC and PY classes. Pennant 1 takes sailors around Besar and its adjacent islands (Tengah & Hujong), the smallest round-island course available for pickings.

Yachts were taken on a beam reach right off the start, with Shardana taken an early lead over their only IRC rival, Rainbow Dream. A limited sail wardrobe meant the former found it hard to extend her lead over Rainbow Dream throughout the course, with the latter taking advantage of their limitations to briefly take the lead on the downwind stretch. Despite crossing the line first, Shardana relinquished their victory to Rainbow Dream after corrected time, failing to put enough time between them.

In the PY Class, Minx capitalized on a good start to take an early lead, sticking with the IRC sailors for a good amount of time. She continued on her fine run from the previous day’s victory, eventually taking both line honours and handicap victory in the PY Class, well ahead of close rivals Southern Light and Windancer. Limited by the lack of crew and no spinnaker, Defiance found it hard to close the gap with the fleet – but almost successfully pulled off an overtaking manoeuvre on Windancer during the final leg. Unfortunately they finished just outside of podium placing after corrected time. Separated by a mere 40 seconds after handicap, Windancer emerged the better of the two, taking 1st-runner up ahead of Southern Light. The latter struggled with a wild spinnaker for a brief period, due to an uncooperative shackle.

That wraps up day 1, we look forward to more exciting racing tomorrow!

IRC Day 1 Besar 2019

PY Day 1 Besar 2019

 

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CSC@ Besar Regatta 2019 (Passage Race)

The 6th CSC@Besar Regatta’s Passage Race up to Pulau Besar could be renamed “A Series of Unfortunate Events” – as the event ruthlessly takes many casualties in various forms. Starting with an early surrender from the mighty Sangaree, her campaign ended even before the start of the Passage Race – due to a lost propeller on her trip to the start line. This was followed by double trouble for Shardana, who not only survived a scare from her anchor dragging during immigration clearance at Tanjung Pengelih – but also had to tackle an engine issue enroute to Pulau Besar.

Joining Sangaree on the retiree list were Windrose and Defiance, both retiring at different points after the start. Lack of crew and insufficient training were some of the reasons brought up by the defeated – an indication of how the seemingly harmless 90Nm overnight coastal passage can bring misfortune if you are not prepared.

It was not all gloomy for the fleet, As Zanzibar once again breezed to a 3rd consecutive Line Honours, together with victory in the IRC Class. New entrants Rainbow Dream hugged the mainland for most of their passage up north, capitalizing on Shardana‘s woes to take 2nd place after corrected time – a great start for their virgin Besar experience! Amongst all the participants in the PY Class, Minx was the only surviving yacht. Not only did they win, but they sailed superbly – reading the wind and tide conditions well to finish ahead of Rainbow Dream and Shardana from the IRC Class!

With the South-Westerly Monsoon slowly but surely settling in, we are quietly hopeful for some good breeze over the next 3 days of round-island races. Southern Light and Windancer returned from their cruising adventures and arrived earlier this afternoon to join the party, boosting the PY fleet by 2. Looking forward to a week of great sailing 🙂

2019 CSC@Besar Regatta Passage Results

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CSC One-Design Keelboat Championships 2019 Day 2

Some sailors were visibly tired after 4 full-on races for Day 1 – and possibly partying too hard the night before. Nonetheless, races were started on time, with a gentle easterly breeze arriving on time for Race 5.

It was business as usual for the front-runners of each class, as RSYC Dua, SMUMad & Ambindi scored clinical finishes in the remaining 3 races for a clean sweep in their respective classes. They were a cut above the rest, and look poised to be the teams to beat for next year’s edition.

In the J24 Class, Shengli was the best of the rest, scoring three 2nds to play second fiddle to RSYC Dua. Jangan Main Main joined the queue to complete the podium in 3rd. Despite their best efforts, Balqis struggled with lack of pre-regatta training and sufficient crew numbers to contend with the podium winners, settling for 4th. Special commendations for the remaining 2 CSC teams, Just A J & Angel. Against all odds, both boats sailed hard to keep up with the rest of the fleet, and did really well to keep close at some points. Especially challenging for the 2 old blokes on Angel, David & Doug. Well done!

The same could be said for NTU Sailing Club’s Boreas and Notus, as they struggled to keep pace with SMUMad in the Platu Class. It was still a worthy endeavour from both Boreas and Notus as not only were their teams consisting of many first-time racers, this was their first attempt at challenging for the Platu Title in the One-Design Keelboat Championships.

Trailing not far off from Ambindi, it was a occasionally a close competition in the Maxi-77 Class between Fusion and Baby Beluga – with the latter finally unleashing her kite for Day 2. Despite the delayed spinnaker hoists and drops, Baby Beluga still managed to steal 2nd from Fusion in Race 5, but it was too little too late as Fusion secured the win by bouncing back in Race 6 & 7.

Thank you CSC Members, NTU Sailing Club, SMU Sailing Club, NUS Sailing Team and SAFYC Members for taking part in yet another successful CSC One-Design Keelboat Championships! In addition to having more Maxi-77 participation next year, we also look forward to welcoming the return of SMUve, Bapsy and Quarterdeck in 2020!

Results

J24
Platu
Maxi 77

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CSC One-Design Keelboat Championships 2019

The latest edition of the annual CSC J24 & Platu Championships sees a significant increase in participation, largely due to the inclusion of Maxi-77 Class for 2019. First designed and bulit in the 70s-80s, the Maxi-77 was a very popular boat in the early days of sailing in Singapore. Now limited to mostly cruising owners, the fleet will have another good reason to take to the waters for a weekend of fun racing.

Day 1 of sailing presented us with beautiful sailing conditions, a south-southeasterly breeze from a brewing storm, sans the rain. Mix in the occasional down draft of landing aeroplanes and differing currents on the race course – you get an interesting challenge for the team tacticians.

Defending Champions RSYC Dua, sailed by the NUS Varsity Sailing Team escaped a pre-regatta scare of a faulty winch, to secure 4 bullets from 4 races in the J24 Class. Their dominance on the downwind leg left competitors struggling to keep pace. Shengli was the best of the rest, skippered by SMU Sailing’s Alumni, Alexi Lim. A 3rd was their only blemish, as they sit comfortably as 1st runner up. 3rd placed Jangan Main Main also hails from SMU Sailing, but they were kept on their toes by Zaheera Hashim’s Balqis in 4th. only sperated by 2 points, these 2 boats will be keeping tabs on each other for the remaining 3 races on Day 2.

In the Platu 25 Class, SMUSC’s SMUMad survived a ripped spinnaker in race 4 and fended off stiff competition from NTUSC’s Boreas and Notus to emerge top of the table with 4 points. Usually accompanied by SMUve, SMUMad had to fly their school flag solo this year due to unresolved maintenance issues on the former. SMUve also happens to be the winner of the 2018 edition – and after Day 1’s performance, it looks like SMUMad is on course to do the same in 2019.

The newly introduced Maxi-77 Class was represented by Ambindi, Fusion & Baby Beluga. Ambindi looked the most polished of the 3, as their teamwork and experience led them to a clean sweep of races 1 to 4. Fusion came really close to pipping Ambindi over the line in Race 2, crossing only a split second after. In race 3, Fusion relinquished a considerable lead due to a poor spinnaker hoist and some confusion on board. All things considered, it was a strong first attempt by challengers Fusion & Baby Beluga – lets hope they continue to keep leaders Ambindi on their toes!

Stay tuned for the final report after Day 2 of racing!

Results Day 1

2019 CSC One-Design Day 1 Platu
2019 CSC One-Design Day 1 J24
2019 CSC One-Design Day 1 Maxi 77

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