A mid-afternoon thunderstorm over the north-western parts of Singapore threatened to derails plans for the Twilight Series I, Race 2. An atypical north-east breeze continued to hold back the the northwesterly system all the way till 1530hrs, before it swung to the west and stabilized into an upwind beat to squance for the first leg. With travel back on the cards, we miss many of the regulars, but still enjoy a healthy fleet of 14 boats across all classes.
In the IRC Class, absence from boats such as Born in Fire, Simba, Jong Dee and Red Rum One meant that the race settled into a two-way tango between Waka-Tere and Minx. With only 2 persons onboard, Minx recovered from a suppressed start to eventually claim both line honours and victory on corrected time.
The PY A and PY B Classes were the most well attended, with 4 boats representing the A Class and 5 boats representing the B Class. Adona was head and shoulders above the remaining 3 boats in the fleet, comfortably winning the PY A Class both on line honours and on corrected time. The J29 stayed well ahead of Sapphire Star in 2nd and Shardana in 3rd. Simon Connor sailed Sapphire Star well, putting on a gutsy close-quarters display for the final stretch to the finish line.
In the PY B Class, Remington returned from a long break, looking like she never left. The S&S 42 sailed superbly in the prevailing conditions, keeping up with the PY A fleet throughout the race. She eventually crossed the line first and claimed victory on handicap as well. It was a battle of the 2-up boats for positions 2nd & 3rd, as Marut did just enough to maintain a 30 second lead over 3rd placed Bolina after corrected time. It was Pedro’s first foray into Twilight sailing with his Maxi 77 – a great effort and result by the Portuguese Skipper!
The Multihulls doubled their numbers, as Miss Visayan welcomed a playmate on water in the form of Bula – skippered by Michael Flecker. With the help of experienced Trimaran Sailor Tim Hill, Bula sailed well and kept up with Miss V, but could not keep up with the latter’s superior boat speed. That coupled with the strengthening outgoing tide resulted in the strategic decision for Bula‘s skipper and crew to focus their energy on returning to the bar for cold beers. Tim Ghinn on Stray Catz was the only Cat in her Category, continuing to build his skills and confidence sailing single-handed on a taipan F16 with only his mainsail.
Congratulations to all the winners, we look forward to everyone joining us for the following upcoming events:
- Race/Cruise to Lazarus Island (30 Apr – 2 May)
- Sunday Series I – Race 3 (8 May)
- Twilight Series I – Race 3 (14 May)
- Ketam Coastal Clean-up (15 May)