Just as we were getting into the groove of regular weekly club racing, the government announces new safe management measures reducing number of persons allowed to go sailing from 5 to 2, effectively suspending our Sunday Series III and Twilight Series III from 27 September to 24 October. Yesterday’s Twilight Series III – Race 1 saw a modest total of 11 Keelboats, 3 Multihulls and 2 Beach Catamarans participating. With storm clouds circling the sailing area and multiple wind holes littered across the channel, it certainly looked like a tricky course to navigate.
In the IRC Class, Waka Tere opened their Series account with a hard-earned victory, fending off a solid performance from Jellico throughout the passage. Jellico made good inroads on the final upwind leg to eventually reduce the winning margin to a narrow 43 seconds on corrected time. Completing the podium in 3rd was an unlikely trio on Skybird. Against a fleet of experienced IRC competitors, Edwin Low and his motley crew of cruising sailors sailed the Dehler 34 exceedingly well to secure the 2nd runner up position ahead of Minx and Simba in 4th & 5th respectively.
Despite starting behind the fleet due to a premature start, Shardana sailed a good race to catch up and overtake everyone and eventually claim line honours. However, she could not put enough distance between her and the chasing pack, spurred on by a strengthening breeze towards the end of the race. This resulted in the Dufour 34 placing 6th on corrected time – edged out by the rest of the fleet which took full advantage of the stronger winds to close the gap. Coming out on top was the little Catalina, Montserrat. We understand that she had just been put up for sale – if anyone is looking to purchase a cute and easy handling keelboat, please visit our notice board for more details. Remington placed 2nd, escaping an initial scare due to an entanglement at her mooring to claim a place on the podium. Olmeto outperformed the rest of the fleet to complete the podium in 3rd.
A trio of trimarans and a pair of catamarans represented the multihull/beach catamaran fleet. It was exciting to see Bula attempting (and winning) her first race under the careful tutelage of Scott McCook. Congratulations! – we hope that Bula has gained enough confidence to race with us on a more regular basis. Also great to see the return of Buay Kaola, sailed by John Tay with a star-studded crew which included veterans Alice & Campbell. Despite some halyard issues on the course, the Corsair 970 managed to hold on to her lead over Phoenix, taking 2nd place across the line and after handicap correction. Balqis II was the run-away winner for the Beach Catamaran Class! Special mention to Babe for her valiant effort and never-give-up attitude – exhausting the time-limit in her attempt to complete the race.
Congratulations to all the winners! Despite the tightened measures, please look forward to some adjusted 2-up racing over the next few weeks. Further updates will be sent out during the week.