What a treat! A full-on NE breeze greeted sailors on the start line for the Final Twilight Race of 2019, fitting conditions to celebrate the end of another great year of Twilight racing. 18 boats over 3 classes participated in the grand finale, with the PY Class making up the biggest fleet.
Waka Tere made it 5 bullets out of 5 races in the IRC Class, thus winning the Twilight Series III IRC Class and retaining their title as IRC Twilight Champions for 2019. Their consistent attendance and dominant performance throughout the year made it difficult for the fleet to come close, and will be the boat to beat in 2020. Despite taking line honours, Red Rum had to settle for 2nd place after handicap in yesterday’s race, followed by Invictus in 3rd. In the overall Series III results, it was a close fight between 2nd and 3rd, as Red Rum and Skybird were tied on points after 1 discard. Red Rum prevailed, having scored two 2nd place finishes – one more than Skybird.
In the PY Class, Birregurra sailed superbly with only 2-up, taking line honours and the win on corrected time. Southern Light was not far behind, lapping up the fresh breeze and beating 2 IRC boats in the process. Skippered by Leslie Sharpe, she scored her fourth 2nd place for the Series comfortably, 3 minutes ahead of Brio in 3rd. When the numbers were crunched, Southern Light’s consistent performance earned her the victory in the Series, 4 points ahead of Bapsy in 2nd. One of 3 boats in the whole class attending every single race, Brio’s perfect attendance, coupled with two 3rd place finishes helped secure them an overall 3rd in Series III. After tabulating the results for all 3 Twilight Series for the year, Southern Light was also crowned Twilight Series Champions in the PY Class, taking ho[me the Challenge Trophy for 2019.
It was Weta Weather for Tim Jackson’s Itchy-Go, surging ahead of the 3 Corsairs in the Multi-Hull Class to score another convincing win – making it 2 wins over 2 consecutive weekends. His late assault earned him an overall 3rd for Series III, a well-deserved podium placing. Cicak kept close rivals Buay Kaola in check to take 2nd place in yesterday’s race, sealing her victory for Series III just 1 point ahead of Buay Kaola. In the overall Twilight standings for 2019, Cicak once again etched her name on the Challenge Trophy, sweeping all 3 Twilight Series available for the year.
Poor attendance from the Beach Catamarans throughout the year meant that Chris Waddington’s Persian Cat wins the Twilight Overall for 2019 by default, having won Series I & II earlier this year. Series III was taken by Nigel Signal’s Stray Catz, who was one of only two boats which participated. We look forward to better attendance from this fleet next year, especially since there is such a big collection of Beach Catamarans in the boat yard, eager to go sailing!
Congratulations to all the winners, enjoy the photos and please see below for all Twilight Results.
Twilight Series III Race 5 Results
Twilight Series III Overall
Twilight 2019 Final Leaderboard Standings