The Singapore Trimaran fleet which has been a part of the Singapore sailing scene for about 8 years now. Starting with a solitary Corsair Sprint 750!
It's a tri's-only event for the owners of trimaran platforms to come hit the water and enjoy the best of the NE Monsson. This year a 'record' fleet of 11 tri's.
During the NE Monsoon (Dec-Mar). Thetri Nationals was held at the end of March coinciding with the peak of the NE winds. Ideal cat conditions of 10-15 knots!
Becasue tri sailing is a great experience! Cat speeds with the kitchen sink in tow! Many of the fleet were freshly back from the Neptune Adventure - race on!
Singapore! No one associates the Island Republic with good sailing but visit Changi Sailing Club and you are in for a great treat. It's the last untouched piece of the island.
TRI Nations 2016
Changi Sailing Club. Singapore.
The Singapore Trimaran Fleet grew froma solitary Corsair Sprint 750 eight years ago to comrise some eighteen boats today - if only they would all hit the water at the same time! But to get eleven trimarans out for the Trimaran championship was a new record and one we'll enjoy beating next year! Most plentiful are the Corsair Dash 750 that can form a One Design Class and with many of these freshly back from the Neptune Regatta, it was game on!
The Dash platform has proven itself to be a very capable platform and the 'well used' title would have to go to Team Cicak that is out sailing virtually every weekend! When not racing in the Changi Sailing Clube weekend series, Team Cicak are off exploring Bintan Island, Indonesia. Nothing to unusual about that until you realise that the crew are teenage wondergirls! Fabulous to see the father/daughter team hard at work and doing well. On the Saturday's racing of the Tri Natioanls, Lauren (13 years old) helmed while dad manned the cockpit - and that was it!
We managed to sail another of the Dash Fleet around Singapore from Raffles Marina to Changi Sailing Club in what turned out to be, a very pleasant evening sail! It must be said that sailing in Singapore is a very interesting event as you are in the company of some very large fast-moving vessels, it's never dull! The boat is called Foreign Talent and was just being placed on the marker as the owner is returning to the UK. FT had only ever been used for pleasant family outings so her first race should be an interesting one.
When we received our first Corsair "The Dash" we sailed it with factory settings for a year while figuring out what might make it 'tick'. So the lessons we had learnt previous might just come in handy...
Eleven trimarans faced he starters gun with the fleet comprsing 2 X M23's, a C28RS, an F31 and 7 Corsair 750's including the Sprint. The stanard of racing has improved over the years no doubt assisted by the Neptune experience that a few of the sailors have had. Whereas our Club starts used to be rather lacklustre well, this was rather action packed with boats not afraid to rub shoulders with one another! On one of the starts, Jaza Too was squeezed up against the pin squashing their leeward ama under Kaze whose leeward ama was underneath FT's windward ama! That's tight packing! But it's racing, it needs to be exciting!
The course was an all-to-familiar one with a fetch from the start to the tunring mark. THen a long beat and depending on the particular course was a long beat, longer beat or a windward loop before heading back downhill, turning and reach to the finish in front of Changi Sailing Club. Thankfully the tail end of the Monsoon cooperated with a nice 10-12 knots over the weekend.
It was enjoyable racing in the Dash fleet as racing was pretty tight, not just on the starts but at mark roundings and on course. If you fouled something up there was always another boat happy to take your place. In the final race there were 4 Dashes and an M23 rounding the final mark together for the last 1000m sprint to the line! That's good racing.
Once again the flat waters in the East Johor Straits made for lovely sailing. Good competition and more importantly, good competitors made for a great weekend on the water.
F.T. sort of took charge of the racing despite having never been raced before. We were asked many times "what, how" so we thought we'd put our notes down. As follows...
The Corsair Sprint that was the nucleous of the Trimaran Fleet in Singapore. This MKI version is out sailing every weekend what's most astonishing is that the crew are teenage wonder girls with dad stepping in to guide things along. What a great team!
F.T Fast Trimaran aka Foreign Talent...
When we first heard the name, we weren't so sure about it but, it grows on you and we really like it now.
Setting the boat up. As supplied by the factory the Corsiar Dash is a great package ready to rumble. At one point we had a Dash and the Sprint. Any tuning ideas we came up with, we tried them on the Sprint before transferring them to The Dash. The biggest break through came while sailing the Sprint one day at a leisurely 14 knots of boat speed. Lookinbg at the bow wave we could see a plume rising up from the bow. That started the thought process that with the mast rake as it was, the boat couldn't lift the bow! That's not fast.
Sailing the 750 platform with the factory mast rake setting (arbitrary 2-3 degrees) but it's not enough to get the boat 'free' where the nose wants to lift. But, increasing the rake will increase the weather helm which can be counter productive.
Our 'experiment' came in the form of
1. reducing the weather helm
2. then inreasing the rake
Repeat this process until you have it - just right!
We when raced Hobie 16's in the 80's this was the secret to the boat. Massive mast rake countered by tucking the rudders under the boat. We did the same and The Dash started to improve in two areas,
1. upwind angle (cool)
2. downwind speed (also cool).
From then on The Dash performance just got better and better. Along with that, we gave our 'wish list ' to One Sails who then delivered a biiger square head main and a smaller jib. This new sail plan offered better all round performance on the working sails with the areas remaining almost the same as stock. Next came a new spinnaker and surprise surprise, we took out about 4sqm from the stock sail and the speed went up. It's not always about size when drag and aerodynamics are more important.
FT had the One Sails wardrobe and so all we needed to do was 'fix' the rudder rake and get the mast raked back to where it should be. For the technically inclined our mast rake is set at 11m05cm measured from the mast head to the lower edge of the main traveller where it meets the main hull gunwhale.
Then we packed some blocks under the top rudder gudgeon so that the tip of the rudder would go under the boat. Moving the mast rake back moves the centre of effort aft i.e. increasing weather helm. Tucking the ruddr under the boat some, takes the load off the rudder and helps to balance the boat again.
So now we have a boat that wants to sail uphill with just a tinge of weather helm. Almost perfect.
Once you have the platform set up nicely it's time to concentrate on the sailing bits.
Our general settings are,
- JIB TWIST set so that the head telltales are breaking away first. This means our car is about 4 holes back
from the front of the kib track.
- MAIN TRAVELLER, this surprises many but we generally carry it well to windward. In the 10-12 knots we
had this position is just outboard of the bench seat in the cockpit. Seems weird but it seems to work.
- MAIN SHEET, set this with enough tension to keep the top telltales just agitating.
Simple enough. Set that up and concentrate on maintaining air flow over the sail plan.
Next big tip
The 750 is a small boat with a nice cockpit. We ban the cockpit area i.e. no one should be in there while racing. The cockpit on the Dash is far aft any weight in there will push the transom down and create drag. Reserve cockpit seating for when you a re parked or want to 'park'.
We often use the regatta's to test different things as there are good benchmarks all around that you don't have when sailing alone on the average day.
On Saturday we set the boat up and just concentrated on maintaining the same air flow throughout. THe effect of this was very telling as FT built up an unassailable lead in a short span of time.
On the Sunday's races we concentrated on sailing in 'high-mode' i.e. boat speed down slightly and angle up slightly. The difference between the two days? Air pressure. On Saturday we had about 10-12 knots, on Sunday it was probably sub-10 and so that's the shift point for the two modes!
Having the modes and the ability to shift between the two is a big advantage!
At the end of the weekend the results came in
01. Foreign Talent, Dash 750 5 points
02. Jaza Too, Dash 750 10 points
03. Kaze II, Dash 750 11 points
04. Madfish III, Dash 750 12 points
05. Dash Boot, Dash 750 16 points
06. Team Cicak, Sprint 750 24 points
07. Bob, Corsair 28RS 26 points
08. Tri to Fly, F31 29 points
09. M23 36 points
10. Eepai, Dash 750 36 points
10. Phoenix, M23s 37 points
Well done eeveryone for making it a great weekend.
But our champion sailor is none other than Dr. Michael Chia. Michael is out sailing most every weekend on Eepai (100). Eepai is a target for Michael who at the tender young age of 87 years puts us all to shame! Michael has had a host of multihulls the last of which was the mighty Nacra 20 Carbon - a boat many 'youth' would be scared to sail. Moving from the 20C to the Dash allows Michael to still enjoy the water, sailimng and racing albeit with a few extra comforts.
Michael should be recognised for the great inspiration that he is to the rest of us!
Cheers to you Michael, we'll keep the 100 target rolling as best we can...
Someone had time for nice photography. Heading south form the Johor River towards Changi, Singapore.
How NOT to go fast! Put 6 or 7 onboard and then have every sit in the cockpit!
Ahhh THE DASH, we loved that little boat, it did everything we wanted to do! Race, cruise, have fun, overnight, coastal cruise... It's a really well sorted platform, just jump on it and go! Doing the Neptune Regatta with a film crew onbaord was perhaps the highlight!
The starts are getting way better in the friendly fleet. Statistics say 60% of all races are won at the start. It's no good coming off the second or third row and expecting to get a good result. Concentrate on your starts and half the battle is won! Consistent starters always place well.
History Channel aka Kaze. Fresh back from a great victory in the 80 mile Neptune Adventure and still on the same One Sails!
The M23 of David Stanton. Given flat water and wind behind, it will hit its numbers and truck along.
Dr. Michael Chia. Winner of our Most Venerable Sailor Award.
Fresh from a MTB accident the Triamarn 'single-handed' award goes to BOB's yer uncle!.