After the adrenaline pumping weekend of windward-leeward short course racing, we returned to a calm and casual Saturday Twilight. Now into our penultimate race for the series, we witness the fleet leaders consolidating their positions, as participation numbers dwindled to the usual suspects, likely due to many members resuming their travel itineraries during this period. Sailors were treated to a light easterly breeze, with the current flowing in the opposite direction – resulting in a fast upwind to Changi and a slow downwind to Squance.
The IRC Class sees 2 boats of similar lengths dueling across the straits, as Minx and Jong Dee tussle for line honours and handicap victory. The X342 had the advantage from the start, crossing the start line with a substantial lead. However the J35 fought hard and creeped back in the subsequent legs to keep them in the running, eventually narrowing the lead to just under 2 minutes. The result placed Minx in pole position entering the Twilight Series I Finale on 11th June.
Marut continues to slay giants, putting on another display of good boat speed and thoughtful decisions on the course. She took both line honours and handicap victory comfortably in the PY B Class. Enroute to her win, she overtook bigger and faster boats – asserting her dominance in this series. Remington, a strong contender for all Club races, had to settle for 2nd in the race as well as for the Series. Bravo Zulu to Sequin, for persevering and completing the race in time to score a podium win! Her 3rd placing is also reflected in the overall series, no doubt a result of steady improvements and consistent attendance.
The faster PY boats was an encounter of 3 significantly different-sized boats. It was a battle between a J29, J24 and Dehler 39. Adona once again emerged on top, putting enough distance between her and Simba on the course to claim victory in the PY A Class. It was nice to see Balqis sailing with 2 new crew onboard, identified as Opti-dads from the CSC youth programme! In the overall Twilight Series I results, Adona‘s 3 bullets assures her win, but the positions are not confirmed for 2nd and 3rd. We look forward to seeing Shardana, Simba and Sapphire Star giving it their best shot for Race 5 to contest for the 2 remaining spots on the podium.
We look forward to everyone joining us for this coming weekend’s back to back Twilight Series I and Sunday Series I Race 5 /Finale. See you then!