Club Racing continues to be affected by international travel, as many of our regulars struggle to maintain a consistent schedule to commit to our weekly Sunday Series and Twilight Races. Nevertheless, the participation for yesterday’s Twilight Series II Race 3 seemed to have increased, totaling 10 boats on the start line. The light southerly breeze meant that sailors raced with the winds on their beam, kicking off with a slow westerly jaunt to Squance.
In the PY A Class, Simba took an early lead and consolidated her position in the subsequent legs to claim her 3rd win from 3 races. She goes into the final race next week as the confirmed winner of the Keelboat PY A Class. Boreas was a distant 2nd, as Matt Brooks returns from a long break to charter the Platu and contest for the remaining 2 races of the series. While Boreas is unlikely to usurp Birregurra in the overall Twilight Series II Results, she stands a good chance of claiming 3rd in the Class. Birregurra‘s consistent attendance has placed her comfortably in 2nd overall, despite finishing last for race 3.
After the match race last weekend during the Sunday Series II Race 3, Marut and Windflirt return to battle in the Keelboat PY B Class Twilight Race. The Jeanneau Fun’s decision to start on windward and sail through the moorings proved costly, as she succumbed to the patchy and unpredictable wind conditions closer to shore. She later found herself in a tango with a commercial vessel, costing her valuable time. The chasing Achilles 24 once again showed us that she can sail well even in the light breeze, capitalizing on her errors and keeping close to Marut throughout the course to finish well within her handicap allowance – scoring a deserved victory. With all boats only having taken part in 1 out of the 3 races completed thus far, any participating boat would automatically be in contention for the overall Twilight Series II PY B winner.
We see a similar situation in the IRC and Beach Catamaran Classes, as we approach the series final with no clear winner and all to play for on 17th September. As the IRC Boats have not been participating for the past 2 races, we hope to see their return on Saturday. In the Beach Catamaran Class, Doug Fimmell’s Madfish II bounced back from a poor start to take the lead in yesterday’s race, eventually claiming line honours and victory amongst her fellow vipers. An early retirement from Addiction bumped Babe up to 2nd place, a morale boosting result for her first race after the holidays.
Bula‘s perfect attendance and good performance translated into a clean sweep of Race 1 to 3, securing her overall victory in the Twilight Series II no matter the result of the final race on Saturday. She leads a comfortable 5 points ahead of Miss Visayan, and Cicak completes the trio of Trimarans in 3rd for the Multihull Class overall standings.
Thank you all for participating – do join us for the Twilight Series II and Sunday Series II Finale next week (17-18 September). We are excited and keeping our fingers crossed for some good winds and clear skies to complete the Series on a high!
Race 3 Results