After a weekend break (which was previously reserved for the Ambassadors Cup), sailors returned to Club Racing with the 4th race of the Twilight Series III. South-southwesterly breeze greeted the participants on the start line, promising consistently fluky winds throughout the course. It was however perfect tidal conditions, as the high and low tide for the day were only separated by 0.6m, making it nearly negligible for skippers when planning each leg of the race.
It was all joy and big grins on Jong Dee today! Rear Commodore (Sailing) Paul Kendall achieved a well-deserved victory at the helm of Jong Dee today, clinching line honours well ahead of the rest of the IRC fleet. She out-maneuvered close rivals Waka Tere, who had to eventually settle for 2nd. Minx kept a close eye on Born in Fire, ensuring the latter did not pull away too far ahead to clinch the final spot on the podium after corrected time.
The PY Class saw a dominant performance from Birregurra, a Hanse 415. However, Skipper Basil had to be content with a 3rd place on the podium, as she could not put enough distance between her and the chasing Remington + Marut. The S&S 42 yet again thrived in the off-wind conditions, successfully defending against the light and nimble Jeanneau Fun.
Tim-work makes the dream work! Their 2nd place finish was certainly the result of a fabulous Tim effort by the old and new skipper of Cicak, both of whom are coincidentally Tims! Under the watchful eye and tutelage of his namesake, new owner/skipper Tim Goh helmed the boat commendably, keeping Kaze in sight throughout the race. Kaze‘s victory made it 2 consecutive wins for 2-up Multihull racing in the Twilight format, well done!
In the Beach Catamaran Class, we welcome back Doug Fimmell on Madfish II. His jib-less solo performance did not disappoint, as he managed to keep up with the Nacra 20 (Kaze Kat) for the first 2 legs of the course. Subsequently, Kaze Kat managed to pull away from the fleet and score herself a win nearly 10 minutes ahead of Madfish II. Balqis II had a good day out, completing the trio of winners in a fleet of 4. Great to see that despite not placing on the podium for most races, Babe’s consistent attendance has positioned them as favourites to clinch a top 3 finish for this Series.
Congratulations to all the winners – see you next week for the final scheduled weekend of club racing for 2021!
Overall Twilight Series 3 Standings