Having experienced 2 weekends of cold & wet weather, yesterday’s clear skies and 7-8knot winds was certainly most welcome by all who were participating in the 4th race of the Twilight Series II. Some sailors were a little overexcited, losing footwear, winch handle and crew …. all of which happened in a span of 2 hours. Apart from going overboard with the drama (and a few broaches), the race went on smoothly without a hitch, with participants managing to complete the full course within the time limit.
In the IRC Class, Red Rum One had a stellar performance, taking maximum advantage of the offshore breeze to extend her lead on the fleet from start to finish. She finished comfortably with line honours – 1 minute 26 seconds ahead of close rivals Waka Tere after corrected time. Avoiding a near collision in the vicinity of Changi Buoy, coupled with a struggling broach (and lost footwear), Skybird sailed commendably to claw her way back – eventually completing the podium in 3rd by a whisker, just 16 seconds ahead of Minx on handicap. Red Rum One now leads the fleet with a total of 4 points from 3 races, putting her in a comfortable position to win the series. On 5th September, the battle for 2nd and 3rd will focus on the 5 boats trailing from 2nd to 6th, all tied on 13 or 14 points.
The stronger and gustier wind conditions was clearly an advantage for the larger keelboats, as the top 5 in the PY Class were occupied by yachts above 30ft. Engaged in a short tacking duel on the final stretch to the finish line, Sangaree inched ahead of Birregurra to claim line honours and 5th on corrected time. Birregurra on the other hand, sailed well enough to earn 2nd, just 1 min 28 seconds behind winners Remington. This came as no surprise as the S&S 42 is known to perform well in off-the-wind conditions. Placing 3rd, Southern Light handled the winds effortlessly, looking right at home with the backdrop of increasing whitecaps across the east johor straits. Kudos to the smaller boats for surviving in the gusty conditions! In the overall Twilight Series II standings, it is a close fight between Southern Light and Sangaree, as both boats are tied on 15 points after 3 races. Both Shardana and Montserrat can shake things up as well, as they place in 3rd and 4th on 16 and 18 points respectively.
Stray Catz sailed her own race, being the only multihull participating. Whatever the reasons, the rest of the fleet absolutely missed out on a beautiful day of sailing! Congratulations to all the winners – we look forward to an exciting finale next weekend as we conclude the Twilight II & Sunday Series II racing on 4th & 5 September.