Signature Sunday Series – Round Ubin Race

The Signature Sundays came to a dramatic end, with the Round Ubin Race resulting in many thrills and spills (some literally). A total of 33 boats took part in the final race for the series, an impressive turn out which tops last week’s Round Tekong Race. There was very little room for error at the start line, as sailors faced a strong outgoing tide which eventually pushed some boats over the line before the horn went.

Gary Schmidt, skipper of The Blue Bug became the first MoB for 2019, getting a lot Weta than he probably wanted to. In a show of great sportsmanship, Jong Dee and Temptress of Down from the IRC and PY classes respectively sprung into action to pick up the skipper and stray boat. Not giving up, The Blue Bug continued to circumnavigate Ubin and eventually completed the race in a respectable 2hrs 40mins! Amongst the other 3 Wetas ahead, R2D2 took first place and line honours, followed by Itchy-Go in 2nd and The Striped One in 3rd. Despite the MoB, The Blue Bug did enough to take 3rd place in the overall standings, tied on points with 2nd placed Itchy-Go bust bested by her bullet at the Round Tekong Race. R2D2 became the first Weta champion for the Signature Sunday Series, scoring 2 bullets from 3 races to finish with 7 points in total.

In the Beach Catamaran Class, Madfish II return to their winning ways, scoring a bullet comfortably ahead of close rival and defending champions Stray Catz. Their time of 1hr 13min 18sec may not have broken the under 1hr record set by Martin Pickrodt’s Nacra Carbon 20 in 2017 (0hr 59min 17 sec) – but was still an hour faster than last year’s timing due to the favourable conditions. Stray Catz‘s 2nd place finish was more than enough to secure her win and defend her title in the overall series, topping the table with 4 points from 3 races. The Taipan F16 007 helmed by Louis Lim completed the Round Ubin podium in 3rd. Despite finishing outside of podium in yesterday’s race, Persian Cat did enough to secure herself a 2nd for the overall series, 5 points adrift. Madfish II’s bullet played a big part in ensuring they made up for missing Round Tekong and taking 3rd overall.

A massive fleet of 9 boats for the Cruising Multihulls took part in the sprint around Ubin, making it the 2nd-largest class participating. Jaza Too continue on their red-hot form, taking victory for the Round Ubin Race in a time of 1hr 43min32sec. It was a close fight for the top 3 till the end, as 2nd placed AbraCaDeborah finished a slim 20secs after and Eeepai trailing by less than a minute behind. It was AbraCaDeborah’s win overall, as her consistent performance of three 2nd-place finishes from 3 races rewarded her with the 2019 Cruising Multihull Title. A bullet at the Felkin Race sealed Eeepai’s 2nd position overall, just 1 point ahead of Miss Visayan in 3rd.

The PY Class was represented by 12 boats, resulting in an excitingly crowded start line. A heated encounter between Southern Light & Temptress of Down took place at the start, the only exciting exchange before the sailors settled into their journey around Ubin. Just missing out on podium at the Felkin Race and leaving out Round Tekong due to the lack of crew – made victory yesterday so much sweeter for Defiance. The grand dame took line honours and won on handicap to beat 14 (including the IRC) other boats across the finish line. Sangaree made amends for her disappointing performances over the last 2 weekends, finishing the Series with a 2nd for Round Ubin. A 3rd for defending champions Ikaroa was more than enough for her to secure the overall 2019 PY Title with a total of 5 points. Close rival Southern Light hung on to 2nd by a single point, fending off a strong performance by Arbudhen at the Round Ubin Race. Arbudhen’s 4th place finish for Round Ubin closed the gap between her and Southern Light, rewarding her with a well-deserved 3rd overall.

Waka Tere made it 3 wins out of 3 races to take victory in the IRC Class for the Signature Sunday Series. Initially neck and neck with Born in Fire at the start, BiF had to drop out due to a snapped main halyard, effectively handing the lead to Waka Tere. It was exciting to watch her on the final stretch as she pressured PY Class’s Defiance in various attempts to overtake. Shardana’s 2nd place finish in the Round Ubin Race meant that the ‘Italian Stallion’ secured 3rd overall in the Series, despite not participating in the Felkin Race. Jong Dee’s heroics during the MoB incident did not affect her eventual results, as her 3rd place finish was sufficient in maintaining her 2nd overall in the Signature Sundays.

Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who took part over the past 3 weekends! We now take a break for 3 weeks due to the upcoming Nongsa Regatta (25-27 Jan), Nongsa Neptune Regatta (2-9 Feb) and Chinese New Year (5-6 Feb)! Some of our sailors will be flying the CSC Flag high during the above races, we wish them all the best!

Results (Round Ubin)

Beach Cats & Weta
Cruising Multihull
PY
IRC

Results (Overall Signature Sundays)

Weta Overall
Beach Cat Overall
Cruising Multihull Overall
PY Overall
IRC Overall

Signature Sunday Series – Round Tekong Race 2019

Another weekend of fantastic weather meant that the Round Tekong Race was a breeze for all 31 participating boats.

Despite a passing shower taking place in the early afternoon, the north-easterly winds did not let up, carrying the fleet around Tekong in a maximum of only 5hrs, with the fastest boat circumnavigating the island in 2hrs 27mins 53secs.

The above honour goes to Nigel Signal’s Stray Catz, who only just missed out on beating his personal best by 3mins & 26secs! She leads the Beach Catamaran Fleet of 4, with the next Cat (Bad Influence) finishing a distant 26mins behind her. Bad Influence eventually takes 3rd place, surrendering 2nd place to Persian Cat on corrected time. The Wetas struggled to keep up with the Beach Cats in this race, with the fastest Weta R2D2 leading the pack. Despite being the first Weta to complete the race, a costly blunder of passing CAAS 2 on the wrong side resulted in a ‘RAF’ score for R2D2. This promoted Itchy-Go to first place, followed by The Striped One and The Blue Bug in 2nd & 3rd respectively.

In the Cruising Multihull Class, it was line honours yet again for the mighty FireFly! But she only just misses out on podium this round, failing to put enough distance between her and the chasing corsairs on the final leg to finish. 3rd place was awarded to Miss Visayan, who made amends for a disappointing performance during last week’s Felkin Race. AbraCaDeborah remains the most consistent, scoring another 2nd to put her in the driving seat to clinch overall victory in her class. Jaza Too returns from holidays to start her season with a bullet, and will be looking to double that tally at next week’s Round Ubin Race.

Our biggest fleet keeps getting bigger! Making up nearly half the entire fleet taking part in the Round Tekong Race, the PY Class was closely contested amongst the 13 boats in participation. Temptress of Down starts her 2019 campaign on a high, clinching line honours 15mins ahead of the next boat. Hot favourites Ikaroa continue their fine run with 2 bullets in 2 weekends, and is hungry to complete the Series with a clean sweep. Southern Light pulled an amazing overtaking maneuvre on leeward for a photo-finish just seconds ahead of Ikaroa. This rewarded her with a well-deserved 2nd place. The lighter and faster boats struggled to stretch their lead on the cruisers, with Arbudhen emerging as the best of the rest, securing 3rd place after corrected time.

The return of Shardana livened things up in the IRC Class, giving front-runners Waka Tere and Jong Dee a run for their money. Shardana’s best efforts could only reward her with a 3rd on the podium, bested by Jong Dee’s line honours and eventual 2nd place on corrected time. Waka Tere wins by a slim 49 seconds ahead of Jong Dee, making it an extra-sweet victory for the former. She now leads the overall standings with 2 points from 2 races. If Waka Tere continues her fine form in the Round Ubin Race, she looks poised to take overall victory in the IRC Class.

Congratulations to all the winners, we look forward to consolidating the results and crowning 2019’s Signature Sunday Series Champions on 20th January!

Results

Beach Cats/Weta
Cruising Multihull
PY
IRC

Overall Signature Sunday Series Standings

Beach Catamaran
Weta
Cruising Multihull
PY
IRC

 

Signature Sunday Series – Felkin Buoy Race

What an amazing way to kick-start the North-East Monsoon Sailing Festival! A consistent 12-15 knot breeze filled in early in the morning, setting the stage for a wonderful day of sailing along the East Johor Straits.

The Signature Sunday Series consist of 3 passage races unique to our locale. They are the Felkin Buoy Race, Round Tekong Race and Round Ubin Race. It has grown in participation over the years, with this year’s Felkin Buoy Race having 26 boats in participation. A downwind start for all classes made it a thrilling countdown from the first warning signal, as boats scrambled to avoid each other in the heavy winds and set up their kites at the same time.

In the IRC Class, Waka Tere and Born in Fire kept us on the edge of our seats at the finish line – with the former pulling off an overtaking maneuver on the last stretch to cross with line honours 4 seconds ahead of Born in Fire. She went on to take handicap victory as well, ahead of Born in Fire and Jong Dee in 2nd & 3rd respectively.

Sangaree survived a protest and late surge by Defiance to secure 3rd in the PY Class. This was despite winning line honours ahead of the IRC Boats. The heavier boats lapped up the conditions, as defending champions Ikaroa started off their campaign on a good note – drawing first blood by winning the Felkin Buoy Race barely a minute ahead of 2nd placed Southern Light after corrected time. If the winds stay this way over the next 2 weeks, they will be the boats to beat.

Firefly was off to a flying start for 2019, taking line honours and 3rd place on corrected time in the Cruising Multihull Class. She was bested by the blistering pace of the chasing Corsairs, as Eeepai kept it close all the way to finish for a well-deserved victory. AbraCaDeborah completed the podium in a not-too-distant 3rd.

The fastest fleet yesterday did not disappoint, as 2018 Signature Sundays Champion Stray Catz completed the course in 1hr 38mins 41secs to take 1st place in the Beach Catamaran Class. It could have been Madfish II’s victory – if not for a very bad (wide) mark rounding at Felkin, allowing Stray Catz to overtake and slip into 2nd. 3rd place went to last year’s Felkin Buoy Race winner, Persian Cat. 3 Wetas raced with us as well – with R2D2 taking 1st place comfortably ahead of The Blue Bug. We look forward to seeing more of them over the next few weeks!

Thank you everyone for participating, we’re excited to conquer the Round Tekong Race with all of you on 13th January!

Results
IRC Felkin 2019
PY Felkin 2019
Cruising Multihull Felkin 2019
Beach Catamaran & Weta Felkin 2019

 

 

Signature Sundays 2018 – A Well Attended Battle

Felkin

The CSC Signature Sundays 2018 sailing festival commenced with a race to Felkin, one of three Passage Races unique to our sailing area. The race was well attended by sailors as they returned from the long holiday break in December. The fleet comprised of 12 Keelboats, five Cruising Multihulls and two Beach
Catamarans.

Light Start

Despite the initial light winds, participants made steady progress to Felkin on the incoming tide, but eventually a fresh north-easterly released them from the doldrums between Serangoon and West Punggol. An impressive solo performance by Kurt Metzger on Waka Tere earned her the bullet in the IRC Class, ahead of close rivals Born in Fire and Invictus in second and third respectively.

Taking both line honours and handicap victory, Minx was once again all smiles after a superb performance which saw them keeping up with the IRC leaders for a good portion of the race. Ikaroa made it a close second after corrected time, ahead of new entrant Summer Breeze in third. MULTIHULLS IN FULL FORCE The Cruising Multihulls were out in nearly full force, as both M23s and three Corsairs made it an interesting tussle throughout the course. Despite a good comeback to finish with line honours, David Stanton’s Baloo just missed out on the podium and surrendered his win to Graham Horn’s Jaza Too, which lead for most of the race to earn them a well-deserved win, followed by Cicak and Eepai who clawed back to very close second and third place finishes. A match race between two single-handed beach catamaran sailors saw the slower boat returning triumphant! Nigel Signal’s Stray Katz was the fastest boat on the course, finishing in three hours and 38 minutes. Despite this feat, he could not put enough distance between him and Chris Waddington’s Persian Cat, who did well to utilise the shifting winds on the return leg, powering him through the channel and across the finish line.

Tekong

The Round Tekong Race achieved a milestone on January 14, 2018 when the winds delivered and brought some of the sailors around Pulau Tekong in record time! Nigel Signal’s Stray Katz smashed the previous record (3hrs 11mins 6 secs) held by Alan Hodges and his Nacra Carbon 20 in 2013. Stray Katz now holds the record fastest time to sail around Tekong, crossing the line in 2hrs, 24mins and 27 secs – making it the new time to beat for future challengers. What made it extra sweet was that the other beach catamaran competing, Chris Waddington’s Persian Cat – also finished ahead of Alan’s time, sailing single-handed on a Nacra 5.0 to complete the course in 3hrs, 4mins and 54 secs.

Mishap & Misses

In the IRC division, breakages and mishaps eventually forced hot favourites Invictus to retire, surrendering the win to defending champions Born in Fire. They look poised to retain their Signature Sunday Series Challenge Plate should they continue sailing well in the third and final instalment (Round Ubin). Waka Tere and Jong Dee finished in second and third respectively to complete the podium. A total of nine boats participated in the PY Class, with the 47ft Sun Odyssey Temptress of Down enjoying the superb breeze to claim line honours for their class. After handicap correction, they only just missed out on the podium, as Ikaroa, Southern Light and Minx finished in first, second and third respectively. Great to see the newly refurbished Southern Light back on water, looking forward to seeing more of her in action for the coming races! CROWDED AT THE TOP Damien Geoffray’s Kaze returned to racing on a positive note, winning in the Cruising Multihull division ahead of three other Corsairs and two M23s. Second place went to Michael Chia’s Eepai and Jaza Too claimed third after corrected time. With only one point separating the top three Cruising Multihulls (Jaza Too 4, Eepai 5, Cicak 6) after the Round Tekong Race, it definitely looked like a close contest for the finale.

Crowded at the Top

Damien Geoffray’s Kaze returned to racing on a positive note, winning in the Cruising Multihull division ahead of three other Corsairs and two M23s. Second place went to Michael Chia’s Eepai and Jaza Too claimed third after corrected time. With only one point separating the top three Cruising Multihulls (Jaza Too 4, Eepai 5, Cicak 6) after the Round Tekong Race, it definitely looked like a close contest for the finale!

Signature Sundays Finale – Round Ubin Race

A record turn-out of 15 Keelboats, 8 Cruising Multihulls and 4 Beach Catamarans made up the 27 boats participating in the 3rd and final installment of our Signature Sunday Series (Round Ubin). Despite lacking the fresh unadulterated winds that were present last weekend, sailors still managed to complete the Round Ubin Course in beautiful weather and reasonable time – utilising the westerly breeze at the beginning and a late north easterly in the middle of the afternoon.

In the IRC Class 3 boats stuck close to each other for most of the race, leaving the rest of the keelboat fleet a long way behind. Born in Fire’s line honours was not enough to secure a bullet as they surrendered the race Waka Tere who was less than 2 minutes behind. This victory sealed the series win for Waka Tere, finishing at the top of the table with a total of 4 points, 1 point ahead of 2nd placed Born in Fire. Jong Dee completed the podium in 3rd. The PY Division was most well participated, with 12 boats in attendance. New Blue Eyes secured their first bullet for the New Year, sailing well to keep ahead of her bigger rivals. Southern Light’s equipment offloading on saturday probably contributed to their 2nd place finish yesterday, sailing considerably higher on the water. Temptress of Down completed the podium in 3rd, mirroring her overall finish in the series as well. Ahead of her in the series, Minx managed to hang on to 2nd position despite a poor finish for the Ubin race, amassing a total of 12 points, 3 points behind overall Series winner, Ikaroa.

The Cruising Multihulls welcomed the return of Witblits and AbrakeDebra 2, making it a total of 8 boats for the class. Kaze once again triumphed after their successful circumnavigation of Tekong last week, making it 2 bullets out of 3 races. AbrakeDebra 2 finished a close 2nd and Cicak completed the course just ahead of Jaza Too in 3rd. Jaza Too only had themselves to blame for missing out on a podium finish, as they messed up their kite routine at the start, allowing the spinnaker to end up under their hull – losing valuable time retrieving the kite. Despite their mistake, the 4th place finish was enough to secure them the overall series title ahead of Cicak by 1 point and Eepai rounded up the winners in 3rd. Stray Katz and Persian Cat were joined by Madfish II and the Nacra Carbon F20 for a 4-way Catfight around Ubin.

A dismasting resulted in an anticlimatic end for the Carbon F20, surrendering what would have been an easy line honours for the speed machine. Madfish II finished in first place ahead of Stray Katz, with Persian Cat taking a comfortable 3rd. Stray Katz’s 2nd place result around Ubin was enough to ensure his overall Series win over Persian Cat, pipping the latter by 1 point. Madfish II’s efforts yesterday was enough to award them with a 3rd overall, concluding the results for the afternoon.

Thank you all sailors for the excellent attendance! Fair winds to all CSC Sailors participating in the Nongsa Regatta on 26 to 28 January, we look forward to resuming racing in February!

Round Ubin Race Results:

IRC Class – Ubin 2018

PY Class – Ubin 2018

Beach Cats Class – Ubin 2018

Cruising Multihull Class – Ubin 2018

Overall Results (Finale):

IRC Overall Result

PY Overall Result

Beach Cats Overall Result

Cruising Multihull Overall Result

 

Signature Sundays 2018 – Round Tekong Race

The Round Tekong Race achieved a milestone yesterday, when the winds delivered and brought some of the sailors around Pulau Tekong in record time! Nigel Signal’s Stray Katz smashed the previous record (3hrs 11mins 6 secs) held by Alan Hodges and his Nacra Carbon 20 in 2013. Stray Katz now holds the record fastest time to sail around Tekong, crossing the line in 2hrs, 24mins and 27 secs – making it the new time to beat for future challengers. What made it extra sweet was that the other beach catamaran competing, Chris Waddington’s Persian Cat – also finished ahead of Alan’s time, sailing single-handed on a Nacra 5.0 to complete the course in 3hrs, 4mins and 54 secs.

In the IRC division, breakages and mishaps eventually forced hot favourites Invictus to retire, surrendering the win to defending champions Born in Fire. They look poised to retain their Signature Sunday Series Challenge Plate should they continue sailing well in the 3rd and final instalment (round Ubin) this coming Sunday. Waka Tere and Jong Dee finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively to complete the podium. A total of 9 boats participated in the PY Class, with the 47ft Sun Odyssey Temptress of Down enjoying the superb breeze to claim line honours for their class. After handicap correction, they only just missed out on podium, as Ikaroa, Southern Light and Minx finished in 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. Really glad to see the newly refurbished Southern Light back on water, looking forward to seeing more of her in action for the coming races!

Damien Geoffray’s Kaze returned to racing on a positive note yesterday, winning in the Cruising Multihull division ahead of 3 other Corsairs and 2 M23s. 2nd place went to Michael Chia’s Eepai and Jaza Too claimed 3rd after corrected time. With only 1 point separating the top 3 Cruising Multihulls (Jaza Too 4, Eepai 5, Cicak 6) after yesterday’s race, it definitely looks like a close contest for the finale! With that we conclude the Round Tekong Race, 2nd race of a 3-part Signature Sunday Series.

We look forward to an intense showdown on the 21st, racing around Pulau Ubin! First Warning is at 1155hrs, see you there!

IRC Division – Tekong 2018

PY Class – Tekong 2018

Beach Cats Result – Tekong

Cruising Multihull Class – Tekong 2018

Signature Sundays 2018 – Felkin Race

We commenced the CSC Sailing Festival with a Race to Felkin, one of 3 Passage Races unique to our sailing area. Well attended by sailors as they return from a long holiday break in December, the fleet comprised of 12 Keelboats, 5 Cruising Multihulls and 2 Beach Catamarans. Despite the initial light winds, participants made steady progress to Felkin with the incoming tide, eventually catching a fresh north-easterly which released them from the doldrums between Serangoon and West Punggol.

An impressive solo performance by Kurt Metzger on Waka Tere earned her the bullet in the IRC Class, ahead of close rivals Born in Fire and Invictus in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Taking both line honours and handicap victory, Minx was once once again all smiles after a superb performance which saw them keeping up with the IRC leaders for a good portion of the race. Ikaroa made it a close 2nd after corrected time, ahead of new entrant Summer Breeze in 3rd.

The Cruising Multihulls were out in nearly full force today, as both M23s and 3 Corsairs made it an interesting tussle throughout the course. Despite a good comeback to finish with line honours, David Stanton’s Baloo just missed out on podium and surrendered his win to Graham Horn’s Jaza Too, which lead for most of the race to earn them a well-deserved win, followed by Cicak and Eepai who clawed back to a very close 2nd and 3rd place finish. A match race between 2 single-handed beach catamaran sailors saw the slower boat returning triumphant! Nigel Signal’s Stray Katz was the fastest boat on the course, finishing in 3hrs and 38mins. Despite this feat, he could not put enough distance between him and Chris Waddington’s Persian Cat, who did well to utilize the shifting winds on the return leg, powering him through the channel and across the finish line.

Thank you all for participating in the first instalment of the Signature Sundays, we look forward to better winds and less soaking conditions for this Sunday’s Round Tekong Race!

IRC Result – Felkin 2018

PY Result – Felkin 2018

Beach Cats Result – Felkin 2018

Cruising Multihull – Felkin 2018