It’s official, Monday’s are the windiest days! Who said it never blows in Singapore should have been at Changi Sailing Club today. At 8am it was already blowing dogs off chains with a good 15 – 20 knots directly in front of the Club. There was more breeze to the west with some good blasts. So it looks as though James’s “big arrows” sort of came through. But the funniest thing was that everyone was getting cold as it drizzled just about the whole day as well.
This augers well for the NE Monsoon but not so good for our northern neighbours in Johore, Malaysia that have reported flooding and issued a strong wind warning. During the transition phase of the Monsoon we do get a period of about 7 – 10 days of pure westerly wind at a constant 15 knots. But todays wind was a little different, coming in from the Northwest. But it doesn’t matter, as long as it blows!
We spent the weekend tweaking a few of the boats. The Nacra 570, we’ve put more rake into the rig and the boat speeds getting more and more encouraging but its the big trampoline that’s a huge plus, that and the fact that she has a long waterline as well. The Nacra 20 has had a bit more rake in the mast as well with an encouraging 18.3 knots showing up on the Nauteek Electronics – which is proving to be a bonus when it comes to tweaking the cats! Mind you, the 18 knots came in not very much wind and with just a bit more tweaking that baby is really going to fly!
On Sunday there were a few Vipers powering around and most of the being solo sailed. In the peak breeze of the day Kuang did a very display of just how quick the machine really is and even one up is really manageable. The Viper is the bench mark for tweaking all the other cats so it will be very interesting to see how all the new boats measure up against one another!