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.