Just as we received good news of the relaxation of Safe Management Measures from November 22, the final instalments of the 2-up racing culminates this weekend, a back-to-back Twilight & Sunday Series itinerary to end a rollercoaster club racing season. The weather did not cooperate, as sailors participated in a drift-a-thon to squance and back. The initial light westerly breeze after the start gave a glimmer of hope, but quickly fizzled out and settled into the familiar doldrums.
The IRC Class was the only category which managed to have more than 1 finisher, a sad reminder of the challenging conditions participants were up against for the evening. Leading the pack was the very light and nimble Jellico, helmed by Cedric Declercq. The J24 excelled in the light air, managing to stay ahead of favourites Waka Tere for most of the return leg – earning a well deserved line honours and victory on corrected time. Minx was not a distant 3rd, putting in their best efforts to keep up with the competition.
The remaining classes all had only 1 finisher each, as the rest of the fleet struggled to (unsuccessfully) complete the race.
Birregurra flaunted their striking new black sails, freshly delivered earlier this week. The Hanse 415 sailed superbly in whatever little puff there was, out-maneuvering her smaller and lighter counterparts to end up as the only PY boat to finish the course within the allotted time. Exciting to see the return of the sports boats (Petit Bateau & Jonty J), helmed by Alisdair Ferris & Tim Hartnoll respectively. Perhaps overzealous and/or rusty from the long hiatus, both boats started with the IRC fleet and failed to return to make the PY start. We certainly hope to see them more regularly in 2022!
An uncommon occurrence took place in the Multihull Class, as both owners of Kaze decided to race together on the same boat. It yielded excellent results, with Kaze being the quickest boat to complete the course. Cicak suffered a pre-start scare, as she scrambled to make the start sequence and in the process nearly nicked the Jetty. She managed a Grace-ful recovery, but eventually retired after struggling to make any progress in the still conditions.
A single Babe represented the Beach Catamaran Class, as the other catamaran owners made the (possibly sensible) decision to skip the Sad-turday Twilight. Great effort from Matt & Kellie, as their consistent attendance and never-say-die attitude resulted in a Twilight Series III win!
Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, we are just glad to have yet another opportunity to be sailing over the weekend! Congratulations to all the finishers/winners.
Please take note that because of ongoing Safe Management Measures implemented since September 2021, we will not be awarding Series result winners for all classes except for the Beach Catamaran Class (which is not affected by the restrictions).
Twilight Series III Overall