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Mana Mana… Nacra Nacra

beach scene at mana mana

What a kool spot – especially during the Southwest Monsoon that Singapore is experiencing now. No one really expects this in Singapore but… blue skies, nice breeze, white sand and a great little Club right on the waters edge! So if you’re looking for a real chill out spot by the beach in Singapore, find Mana Mana on the East Coast right next to the famous hawker centre.

The weekend session there was ideal… three short course races right off the beach kept 2 Nacra 20’s busy and what a machine the N20 One Design is turning out to be! This boat has ‘long legs’ and the long waterline allows it to slice through the chop that we experience with aplomb, so smooth.

The weekends short courses were ideal for shaping up the crew work. A short windward/leeward course and 3 laps apiece made for a lot of crew work! One thing for certain, the modern racing cat is placing much more emphasis on the crew than ever before! Get it right, and the differences are huge.

From what we’ve seen now, the 20 can really power up in our often light conditions. The 20’s will regularly be double trapezing while others are still sitting in. When you look at the towering rig, then the beam of ‘only’ 2.60m plus the full buoyancy hull shape… well you get a powerful package. But far from being wild beast , the 20 has really good sailing manners and the transition from in-water to hull flying is a nice steady one!

Saturday’s racing was ideal for training up and the 3 races were followed by more on-water sessions afterwards. Then on Sunday, the two 20’s set off to head around the corner to Changi Sailing Club. A good breeze of 10 – 12 knots saw them powered up in no time! Despite a ‘detour’ way down to the Malaysian coastline, both boats were back at CSC within 2 hours!

What the weekend has done is… paved the way for a “Club to Pub Race” details of which will be circulated once both Clubs have established the dates. Format for the race will be a fixed ‘navigational’ course so as to 1. avoid the Navy Base and 2. establish a fixed course so that we can start to get some ‘records’ back on the boards!

All we need now is the whole F16 Fleet to take part. Remember, the Northeast Monsoon is coming so its time to start getting prepared.

About prosailing

In Southeast Asia a long time and all the while, sailing cats. But the cat love-affair began when I finished building my first catamaran at age 15... "never again". After building 2 more Formula 16 cats in Malaysia it's really 'never again'. Now we have a large fleet of high-tech speed machines including the Nacra 20 Carbon. Then we decided to spread our wings a little more and imported the Corsair Dash 750. Now we are well on the way to establishing a Coastal One Design Dash Class. As a test bed, we had 4 Dashes take part in the Neptune Regatta and now the plans are rolling out.


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