After a leisurely night jaunt to catch the full moon on Friday night, many of the boats returned the next day to compete in the first race for Twilight Series III. Comprising of 5 races fortnightly over October & November, the CSC Twilight Series is a good introduction into the world of yacht racing, as the white-sails only criteria for the keelboat classes make it beginner/novice friendly.
With it being a full moon, all 19 participants on the start line were faced with strong outgoing current and a gusty south south-westerly winds, proving to be quite a challenge to stay on the line and nailing a perfect start. Marut and Notus were the 2 most windward boats on the start line for the keelboats – scoring the best start for the fleet. However, their advantage was quickly squandered, as their main trimmers struggled to handle the gusts on their approach to Squance, losing valuable time recovering from their broaches. As the race developed, Simba established an insurmountable lead, taking line honours and a win on corrected time for the PY Class. Remington was a close 2nd on handicap, as the S&S 42 took full advantage of the wind angle to amass a good boat speed throughout the course. Olmeto completed the podium in 3rd, as she lapped up the beam reaches to finish together with the main fleet of PY Keelboats. However, all results for the Keelboat PY Class are provisional – pending a protest hearing decision to be made on 10th October 2020.
In the IRC Class, Kurt and Gill sailed a superb race to draw first blood, sailing Waka Tere to a well-deserved 1st place finish on corrected time. Waka Tere and Jong Dee were neck and neck throughout the race, with the latter crossing the line just seconds ahead – a margin to small to cause any trouble for the Nelson 30. Further dismay for Jong Dee when they returned to shore, as the crew of the J35 find out she lost by a mere second on corrected time to another J, the J24 Adona. Adona therefore takes 2nd place, with Jong Dee settling for 3rd.
A small fleet of 2 Corsairs and 1 Nacra 15 and 2 F16s made up the Multihull & Beach Catamaran fleets yesterday. The 2 Corsairs were none other than Jaza Too and Cicak, both sharing the same handicap going into the race. The latter sprinted to an early lead, but all hopes were dashed when she was eventually overtaken by Jaza Too on the return leg from Squance. Despite her best efforts, Cicak could not close the gap, handing Jaza Too the first win for the Series in the Multihull Class.
It was a similar story for Balqis II (Taipan F16) and Madfish II (Viper F16). The former scored a good start, leaving Madfish II to play catch up on the close reach towards squance. However, Balqis II‘s time in front was shortlived, with Madfish II eventually overtaking them to claim line honours and the win on corrected time. She established a sufficient lead to have a 2 minutes buffer on the Nacra 15, which was solo-sailed to 1st runner-up position by Uli Braun.
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you all for participating in the first race of our Twilight Series III! We look forward to welcoming everyone back for the 2nd race of the Sunday Series III on 11th October.