After the glorious conditions last Sunday, it was somewhat disappointing in the 30 min prelude to the start of Twilight Series III Race 4 – overcast skies and rain in the horizon left some sailors wondering if their foul weather gear would be needed. The weather developed positively, with sufficient easterly winds to carry the fleet effectively against the tide in first leg towards Squance.
Scoring the best start of the fleet was the mighty Marut! She performed a dip-start, securing good boat speed and a much needed early advantage over her larger competitors. She stuck with the big boys for the whole course – eventually placing a comfortable 1st in the PY B class, well ahead of Nevis and Olmeto in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Birregurra returned to the club racing scene with a hard-earned victory! She fended off a late push from Southern Light on the final leg to finish, putting enough distance between her and the Moody to notch a bullet. Although first across the line, Invictus failed where Birregurra did not – her 2 minute lead over the fleet was only good enough for a 3rd placing on corrected time.
In the IRC Class, it was a 3-way battle of the 10m boats! Jong Dee struggled to recover from a late start, an up-current task to close the gap with the leaders. Between the Nelson 10 and the X342, there was only a total of 3 sailors! Kurt, Gill and Lucas made short-handed sailing look like a breeze, as Waka Tere and Minx navigated the course without a hitch. The former emerged on top, placing 2 minutes ahead of Minx after handicap correction.
Congratulations to all winners – the stage is now set for the grand finale next weekend! See you on 3 & 4 December as we conclude the Twilight and Sunday Series for 2022.