After many weeks of hot and humid weather, the recent episodes of thundery showers was a welcome relief from the sweltering heat. The hovering storm clouds also provides much needed wind from the preceding cold front – as witnessed during yesterday’s Twilight Series I Finale. Although we were missing a few of the regular teams, it was great to see 10 boats on the start line.
In the IRC Class, Minx and Jong Dee return to match-race on the course, with the latter looking to better their performance from last week (Race 4). The X342 secure the better start of the 2, resulting in the J35 having to play catch-up yet again. As the winds picked up from the north, Minx defended well against a determined Jong Dee on the return leg to Changi Buoy, eventually taking line honours just 32 seconds ahead and victory on corrected time. In the overall Twilight Standings, Minx claims the IRC Series Title, with Jong Dee just 2 points adrift. Despite her poor attendance, Red Rum One‘s performances in Races 1 & 3 were enough to score her a place on the podium, breaking a tie to claim 3rd overall.
We welcome back IMP to Club Racing, with skipper Esben Poulsson shaking off the rust during her pre-start routine. His lack of water-time was evident when he forgot that the race was white-sails only, as the team enthusiastically put up their asymmetrical spinnaker right after the start. Nevertheless, the mistake was quickly corrected and racing got underway. Simba emerged on top for the PY A Class, beating Balqis and IMP enroute to victory. The Dehler 39 had a comfortable lead of nearly 6 minutes over the J24, a sufficient margin score her first victory for the series. Balqis scored one better than last week’s performance, claiming 2nd place with just 2 onboard – well done! Despite her absence, Adona tops the Twilight Series I PY A class, discarding Race 5 to finish the series with 5 points. Simba‘s 2nd place finish was affirmed with yesterday’s victory, completing her campaign with 9 points. Similar to Red Rum One‘s situation, Shardana only sailed 2 races, but did well enough to top the rest of the fleet in 3rd place overall.
The most well attended fleet award should go to the Keelboat PY B Class! 10 boats in total throughout the series, with 5 participating in Race 5. Despite performing well single-handed, Marut declared her retirement for race 5 after the finish, citing not 1 but 2 rule infringements on the course. That gave opportunities for 2 new faces on the podium! In first place, Jen’s Jaunt was all smiles – as this was her first ever Twilight Race victory. She was followed by a newcomer to the scene, Caprice One. Skipper Berend attempted the race solo, sailing his Shipman 28 skillfully across the course to claim 2nd place on corrected time. The experienced Remington had seen better days, settling for 3rd in the race to conclude the Twilight Series in 2nd place overall. Preceding him was archrival Marut! Despite her retirement for race 5, the Jeanneau Fun had done enough to complete the series with 5 points, winning the Keelboat PY B division. In 3rd place overall was Toby Butterwick’s Sequin. Sequin‘s performance may not have been the best, but her stellar attendance consolidated her position on the podium.
Poor attendance all round meant that we only had 2 awards to give away for the Multihull Class. Congratulations to Miss Visayan and Stray Catz for winning the overall series for Multihull and Beach Catamarans respectively. Thank you for continuing to support our club races!
Congratulations to all winners, we look forward to the Sunday Series I finale later this afternoon.