On a day where many of our Hindu & Sikh friends were celebrating the Festival of Lights, CSC ran the 4th race of the Twilight Series III. It was another test of patience as sailors struggled to make progress to Changi Buoy after the start, spending a good 40 minutes crawling to the mark. Thankfully a short spurt of westerly breeze took them across the Club, giving sailors and race organisers some hope in completing at least 1 loop for the race. Alas, the wind was short-lived. Even with the current helping the fleet, participants returned to a slow crawl to Squance Buoy, prompting the Race Committee to shorten the Course at the Club Line – giving every participant an opportunity to finish.
In the IRC Class, Adona continued her string of good performances, taking full advantage of the lighter airs to triumph against the larger boats in her fleet. She sailed well to cross the line just 6 minutes behind Red Rum One, sealing her win on handicap. She will enter next week’s finale in pole position, just 1 point ahead of 2019 champions Waka Tere. Waka Tere and Jong Dee both struggled with poor starts and a large lull in the middle of our moorings. The former recovered earlier, and emerged the faster of the two to complete the podium in 3rd.
The lighter boats sweeped the podium places in the PY Class as well, with Brio, Marut and Balqis taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively on corrected time. Brio only just clinched victory by 6 seconds over Marut, and Balqis a close 33 seconds behind. Together with Simba and Notus, all 3 boats are in the running for podium in the overall results for the Twilight Series III PY Class – only 1 or 2 points separating each boat going into next week’s finale. One thing these boats have in common: full attendance in the Twilight Series III! Consistency definitely plays a big part in yielding good results.
A trio of Trimarans consisting of Jaza Too, Cicak and Phoenix made up the Multihull fleet this weekend, with Jaza Too once again sailing well to take the bullet. The margin was significantly closer this week, as Cicak finished only a minute and 28 seconds adrift. When the numbers were crunched, she took 2nd place by a slim 38 seconds. The fickle winds got the better of Freddy and Crew aboard Phoenix, as they struggled to master the conditions and emulate last week’s good performance. Yesterday’s results meant that Jaza Too has secured her Twilight Series III victory with 4 bullets from 4 races. A similar result in the Series for Cicak, as she scored 2nd in all 4 races for a total of 8 points, cementing her runner-up placing. Congratulations to both Multihulls and thank you for the continued support for our Twilight Series.
Last to launch and first to finish – Madfish II was definitely playing with fire as they scrambled to get to the start line in the middle of the starting sequence. Thankfully she made it in time and even took line honours! She claims first place ahead of Ripple V and Stray Catz respectively. Despite finishing about 30 seconds ahead of Ripple V, Stray Catz did not put enough distance between them, eventually missing out on podium after Texel correction. Poor attendance all round meant that Balqis II, Madfish II and Stray Catz have everything to fight for in the final race. They are currently separated by 2 points each, but await a discard of their DNC scores after next week’s race to tabulate the final results.
Congratulations once again to all the winners. We look forward to having everyone back next week for the Twilight and Sunday Series III Finale to complete 2020 Club Racing on a high!