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.