2022 Twilight Series III – Race 2

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!


Race 2_Twilight Series III 2022 Results

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2022 Sunday Series III – Race 2

It is rare to get a consistent breeze for one afternoon in Singapore, let alone one during the inter-monsoon period. Therefore yesterday’s westerly breeze during the Sunday Series III – Race 2 came as a pleasant surprise, setting the stage for a no-frills windward-leeward course with Squance as the windward mark.

Sailors initially struggled with the strong outgoing tide, but quickly found the sweet spots on starboard tack along both sides of the channel to overcome the current. In the Keelboat IRC Class, Red Rum One was quick to establish her lead, gradually stretching the distance between her and the fleet across all 6 legs of the course – eventually finishing with a 10 minute lead on Adona. The J29 however had done enough, securing victory in the IRC Class on corrected time. Waka Tere also managed to slip past the Archambault 40 to place 2nd, an encouraging score for a few of her new crew onboard. Red Rum One‘s efforts did not go unrewarded, as they completed the podium in 3rd.

In the PY A Class, a Dufour 34 and Hanse 415 crossed swords after the start, only for the former to eventually pull ahead and establish a clear lead after the first mark rounding. Despite Shardana‘s technical mistakes during the mark roundings, she succeeds in staying well ahead of her rival to claim her first bullet for the Series. Due to a misjudgment of wind/tide, Birregurra‘s woes continue with a little kiss at Squance, resulting in an unforced penalty. Marut had a tiring but fulfilling day on the course, starting with an almost successful port-tack start which was denied by the leader of the Starboard-tack boats, Red Rum One. The lone PY B boat sailed the full course superbly, keeping close to and even overtaking boats from both Keelboat IRC & PY A Classes.

The windward-leeward course certainly does not look like the preferred course for multihulls, as some struggled with the closehaul legs up to Squance. Despite the less-than-ideal sailing angles, it was still a fairly quick day out on water, with Jeremy Perrier’s Addiction positioning himself as the faster beach catamaran on water – just 1hr 35mins to complete the course. The other solo act (A-Loft) in the Beach Catamaran Class took 2nd place, leaving Babe just out of medal contention. In the Multihull Class, Michael Flecker’s Bula came up on top against close rivals Miss Visayan, scoring a bullet for Race 2 to open her account for this series.

Thank you all for participating in the Sunday Series III! See you this Saturday for the Race 2 of our Twilight Series III.


Race 2_Sunday Series III 2022 Results

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2022 Twilight Series III Race 1

Light winds and scattered thunderstorms continue to plague sailors, as we begin the inter-monsoon weather pattern. Despite the inconsistent weather, it was encouraging to see 12 boats on the start line for the first race of Twilight Series III 2022. With race organizers raising a red flag, sailors prepared for a start towards changi buoy, accompanied by a significant outgoing tide.

In the multihull class, a slight misjudgment proved costly for Miss Visayan, as she was prematurely nudged across the line by the strong tide – having to dip back down below the line for a re-start, losing valuable time against close rival Bula. The light winds were perfect for Michael, as stronger conditions may prove more challenging for his solo act. It was also exciting to see the return of Clive Van Onselen – previously owner of Corsair Trimaran Das Boot. Clive now zips around on his new acquisition, a Weta Trimaran named Gogga (means insect, in South African!). Happy to hear that he is going to sail more often on the weekends, perhaps generating more buzz in the Weta fleet!

Also exciting to see the return of Summer Breeze to the Club Racing scene. Last seen racing pre-pandemic, Summer Breeze now belongs to new owner Edward Kwek, sporting new sails and racing with us on the Twilight for the first time! Congratulations on completing the race, we look forward to your continued participation. Leading the PY B fleet at the other end was old hand Jonathan Sykes on Olmeto. It was a wise choice sailing only 2-up, as the Oceanis 320 made light work of the course to finish with a comfortable victory over runner-up Nevis.

The Keelboat PY A Class was represented by 2 boats – Shardana and Birregurra. The Dufour 34 quickly took the lead after the start, sailing well to keep within sight of the IRC Fleet. After their long period of absence, it was a comfortable victory and a sweet return to club racing for Neil and Crew. In the IRC Class, Adona flaunts her new sails on the course, just in time for Ambassadors’ Cup next month! After a promising start, Adona maintained good boat speed to keep pace with Red Rum One. Her efforts were rewarded with a win on corrected time, just over 6 minutes ahead of the Archambault 40.

Congratulations to all winners – what a great start to the final series for 2022! We look forward to welcoming everyone back for race 2 of the Sunday Series III on 16th October.


Race 1_Twilight Series III 2022 Results


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2022 Sunday Series III Race 1

While the crowds flock to downtown Singapore over the weekend for the Singapore F1 GP, CSC had an exciting race of their own, collecting the fastest keelboats on the north-eastern rim of Singapore for an afternoon of thrilling yacht racing in becalmed conditions. The Sunday Series III commenced yesterday in light winds and building outgoing tide, with 7 Keelboats and 3 multihulls participating.

We welcome Jellico back into the fray – skipper Cedric Declercq navigated the confusing conditions well to stay comfortably close to her larger counterparts in the IRC Division, Simba and Waka Tere. The J24 eventually finished just 1 minute behind Waka Tere, a margin good enough for her to claim the first win for the series on corrected time. Simba struggled to grasp the prevailing conditions, and lagged a few minutes behind the 2 leading boats, placing her just outside of podium contention.

The PY A and PY B Classes were once again represented by 2 boats each – great to see the return of Invictus, IMP and Olmeto! The smallest of the three is an Esse 750 racing in the PY A Class, skipper by long-time sailor Esben Poulsson. The sports boat decided to retire early, after enduring 40 minutes of slow-crawling throughout the course. She surrendered the win to Invictus, a Farr 30 skippered by our Rear Commodore (Sailing), Mr Justin Lean. In the PY B Class, Olmeto survived a strong comeback from solo-act Marut, Series II’s reigning champion. The Jeanneau Fun capitalized on a weather system creeping in from the North-East – as the skipper raised and trimmed the spinnaker all on his own to make the most of the incoming breeze. Watching this amazing solo feat unfold, the Oceanis 320’s skipper and crew were shamed into putting their spinnaker up as well, stemming the strong outgoing tide. Their efforts were rewarded, with Olmeto scoring her first win for the Series.

In the Multihull Class, Miss Visayan and Kaze crossed armas on the course, both taking turns to lead the fleet. The former eventually claimed victory, edging out the Corsair Dash by just over 50 seconds across the finish line. Ahead and A-loft from the rest of the fleet, our lone beach catamaran sailor Uli Braun was A-class above the rest, finishing nearly 20 minutes ahead of the next boat. It would be interesting to compare her performance with other regulars such as Addiction and Madfish II (one can wish for all three boat to race together).

Thank you all for joining us over the weekend – see you this Saturday for Twilight Series III, Race 1.


Race 1_Sunday Series III 2022 Results


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