An afternoon of thundery showers certainly thinned down the number of boats on the start line for the Twilight Series III – Race 2. Faced with flat water and near-zero wind conditions, the Race Committee decided to put the AP Flag right before the scheduled first warning signal. It was however only for a fleeting moment, as race officers spotted cloud movement above, signaling a new system building in the North. The AP flag was subsequently lowered, and all 9 keelboats commenced their pre-start routine.
Marut secured the best start, making the most of her early advantage to stay ahead of bigger and faster boats for the first leg of the course. She sailed well to eventual score her first bullet for the series in the Keelboat PY B Class. Coincidentally, her star Italian crew has returned after an extended break – no doubt a significant morale boost for the boat! Olmeto was a deserving 2nd, just over 2 minutes adrift on corrected time. Special commendation to 3rd placed Nevis – the Catalina 22 sport could not repeat her stellar performance from Race 1, but persevered to complete the race within the time limit.
In the PY A Class, Shardana and Simba crossed swords on the course, with the latter denying the Dufour 34 of another victory, opening her account for the Series. Despite placing 3rd, Birregurra‘s consistent attendance for all the races place her in a favourable position in the overall standings.
With the absence of many regular skippers, the IRC Class also totaled 3, and we witness a strong performance from the duo onboard Waka Tere. The Nelson 10 excelled in yesterday’s conditions, ensuring Red Rum One was within the sights throughout the course. She stayed close, and eventually scored her first bullet for the series 3 minutes ahead of the Archambault 40 after handicap correction. Though she just missed out on podium, Minx had a good day out on water – practicing for the upcoming Ambassadors’ Cup on 5th November.
Congratulations to all the winners and Happy Deepavali everyone!