Despite the sweltering heat, 18 boats took to the start line to race in the Twilight Series III – Race 2. It was a day where winds prevailed from the South, setting the stage for a reaching course. With the wind abeam, it was all the more important for sailors to execute a good start, and some boats managed to do that successfully.
In the PY Class, Notus and Balqis held their own amongst the big boats, starting on the front row together with the likes of Red Rum and Simba. Their starts must have contributed significantly, as they managed to stay close to the leading pack and proceeded to take 4th and 3rd place respectively after corrected time. Simba made amends for their poor performance over last week’s Sunday Series III – Race 2 to cross the line sufficiently ahead of the fleet and just minutes behind Sangaree to claim first runner-up. Not all boats were on time at the start line – a prime example being Marut. She played catch-up after a horrendous start, but thrived in the prevailing wind angle to claw her way back into the mix. After a few smart calls and a consistently good boat speed, she earned herself a hard-fought victory on handicap, beating Simba by 52 seconds.
Ad Smit (Skipper of Adona) was completely taken by surprised when handed the second-place shot glass for the IRC Class. Adona was not at her best yesterday, struggling to keep up with the leading boats and also succumbing to better boat speed from many of the PY Class Keelboats. Despite her struggles, it seems her best efforts were not in vain, as their performance was good enough to place her on the podium, second only to winners Waka Tere. It was a close fight amongst all 3 IRC winners, with Red Rum taking line honours and completing the podium in 3rd – just 20 seconds behind Adona.
The Multihull and Beach Catamaran Classes had 2 boats participating in each fleet, consisting of usual suspects Jaza Too, Cicak, Kaze Cat and Balqis II. Good starts were the name of the game – a very poor start from Balqis II proved too costly, and Kaze Cat lead from start to finish to take the win comfortably in the Beach Catamaran Class. A similar story took place in the Multihull Class as Jaza Too demonstrated a better start and better boat speed to keep the nippy Cicak in their wake, eventually claiming victory in her class.
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you all for taking part! Lets stay cool and recuperate during the week – we look forward to another weekend of exhilarating racing on 25 October, where we conduct the 3rd race for the Sunday Series III!