Faced with overcast skies, glassy waters and strong outgoing tides, some sailors were certainly wondering if the race committee made the right decision not to postpone the race. Thankfully a gentle breeze from the south west greeted the sailors, allowing the fleet to tackle the outgoing tide on their journey to Squance. Threatening weather systems surrounding Changi Sailing Club, together with the strong tides forced the race officers to eventually shorten the course, just as the wind commenced its vanishing act.
With 7 boats representing the IRC Class, it was great to see newcomer Simba emerging on top! They sailed superbly on the return leg from Squance to beat their more illustrious counterparts, overtaking their little sister Skybird in the process. When the numbers were crunched, Red Rum One sneaked in-between the 2 Dehlers, taking 2nd place just 3 seconds ahead of Skybird.
In the PY Class, little Marut returned to Twilight racing with a victory, navigating well in the light airs to clinch 1st place just 24 seconds ahead of another returning entrant, Birregurra. Back from a long hiatus of over a year due to Covid restrictions, it was great to see the Hanse 415 holding her own in these challenging conditions amongst the smaller and nippier boats. Same could be said for Remington, as the S&S 42 performed well to complete the podium in 3rd after corrected time.
As the Multihulls took a break from racing this weekend, the only ones present were 2 little Taipans for the Beach Catamaran Class. It was a case of experience triumphs youth, as Nigel Signal’s Stray Catz edged out Zaheera Hashim’s Balqis II in the mini duel to claim victory for this Twilight Race.
Thank you all for returning to race with us! Despite the less than ideal conditions, we’re thankful to be able to resume club racing. Certainly cannot wait for next week’s Sunday Series race!