We kicked off the finals weekend with the Twilight Series II, Race 5. With similar conditions to last week’s race, sailors were once again treated to near-perfect weather on the start line, clear skies with a steady south-easterly breeze. The keelboats enter this weekend with close competition for the podium positions in both IRC and PY, and they certainly delivered a splash of action on the course to secure their best performance and hopefully their preferred position in the overall standings.
In the IRC Class, Red Rum One was the runaway winner, placing first in the final race to finish this series with a lean 5 points from 4 races. Trailing in a distant 2nd, Kurt Metzger’s Waka Tere did commendably, despite sailing solo for half of the series. She placed 2nd in the final race to secure 2nd overall on 15 points, just one point ahead of Minx. The X342 completed the podium in 3rd, edging out close rivals Simba, Adona and Skybird to take 3rd in the Series as well. It is encouraging to see such close racing in the IRC Class, and definitely exciting to see the class grow in both size and ability.
Consistency was key to Shardana‘s victory in the PY Class. despite an average showing throughout the series, her attendance for all races coupled with her best placing today (2nd) resulted in her victory in the Twilight Series II. Completing the Series with 18 points, it was a win of the slimmest of margins, just 1 point ahead of Southern Light with 19 points. Remington’s win in Race 5 secured her place on the overall podium, pushing down an unfortunate Sangaree into 4th as she struggled to hold her lead after a poor showing in the final race. Special mention goes to the boats in 5th to 7th tied on 27 points. Montserrat, Birregurra and Boreas all had moments of brilliance throughout the series, and definitely should not be ruled out when we resume racing in Series III!
No-show from the Beach Cats and Multihulls today meant that Stray Catz is the default winner for Twilight Series II, just because of her diligent attendance, rain or shine. We await the return of the multihull sailors in Series III.
Congratulations to all the winners – see you tomorrow for the 5th and final race of the Sunday Series II!
Twilight Series II Overall