In recent years, CSC has made it a routine to end the year with a fun & casual Twilight Race. Participants dressed up to the theme of Sailors vs Pirates – sporting eye patches and brandishing toy swords!
All 8 boats enjoyed the prevailing NE Monsoon winds, with Skybird scoring the best start of the fleet. Red Rum was quick to overtake and settle into her rightful position at the front, rounding Changi Buoy in the lead. Despite eventually taking line honours, her lead over the chasing Waka Tere was only enough for a 3rd place in the IRC Class. Skybird’s good start contributed to her hard-earned 2nd, but her best efforts could not even put a dent in Waka Tere’s insurmountable boat speed. Special mention to Thomas Reckefuss for sailing Born in Fire single-handed!
In the PY Class, it was a 3-way battle between Southern Light, Sapphire Star & Balqis. The little J24 held her own, keeping close to the 2 bigger boats. Southern Light won by the slimmest of margins – just 12 seconds ahead of Balqis on corrected time. Not her best race, Sapphire Star could only muster a finish just 15 seconds ahead of Balqis, not enough to convert into a spot in the top 2.
The evening festivities were quick to get underway, with Sundowners marking the beginning of a night of cheer and revelry. Serenaded by Peter Diaz and friends, the 93-strong crowd was also treated to a sumptuous buffet prepared by the Coachman Inn Restaurant, offering classics such as roast beef, turkey & lamb. Keeping guests entertained in between sets, the emcee worked the floor effortlessly with an array of activities and lucky draw giveaways!
As the clock struck 12,air horns & party poppers went off in unison, marking the end of a great decade of sailing – and the beginning of an exciting new one!
Thank you all members, sailors and friends for yet another intimate and memorable countdown party. Also big thank you to our business partners for their kind donations for the luck draw giveaways.
Looking forward to a 2020 filled with fantastic winds and plenty of sailing!