The final Twilight Series Race for 2022 was unsurprisingly well attended, with a total of 15 boats participating. However, the weather was not fully cooperative, as the race organizers and sailors were left waiting for over half an hour – hoping for the breeze to strengthen to an acceptable strength for racing. It was not for nothing, as a consistent westerly wind greeted sailors at about 1630hrs, prompting the Race Committee to start the race at 1640 (Multihulls & Beach Cats) and 1645 (Keelboats) respectively.
In the Multihull Class, we warmly welcome race virgins Eugene & David, racing on Sirius Swift! The unmistakable orange decals make her an easy spot on the course – the Corsair 880 is a refreshing sight and the newest addition to the Multihull fleet in Singapore. Eager to learn and under the watchful guidance of veteran sailor Scott McCook, the pair sailed and successfully completed the course at a comfortable pace. Congratulations to the team on Bula – ardent supporters of our Club Series and one of the most consistent performers for 2022. Although Bula did not sail enough races to earn the Series III title, her win in the finale did confirm a commendable 1st runner up position in the overall leaderboard for the year, only just missing out on the 2022 Twilight Challenge Trophy by 2 points to winners, Miss Visayan.
The Nacra F20 and Babe sailed in the final race for the beach catamaran class, interestingly also the only race in Series III where the beach catamarans were represented. Congratulations to John Simpson of Nacra F20 for finishing on top! The fleet was sadly under-represented in the series and for the year, resulting in no prizes awarded for 2022. We understand with COVID opening up and conflicting travel schedules the community struggles to come together consistently to race, thus resulting in the poor attendance. Nevertheless, we acknowledge the 7 boats which attended at some point within the year: Stray Catz, Balqis II, Red Riot, Babe, Nacra F20, Addiction and Madfish II. We look forward to better participation in 2023.
A DNC in Race 1 for Series III did not faze Marut, as the Jeanneau Fun brushed off the initial handicap to score 3 bullets and a 2nd place finish to claim the Twilight Series III overall win in the Keelboat PY B Class. As wind conditions did not go above 8 knots, a solo sail in the last race was sufficient to defend against strong competition from Nevis and Olmeto – both tied on 9 points in 2nd place for the overall Series! Olmeto broke the tie with her bullet in Race 1, effectively claiming 1st runner up and Nevis completing the podium in 3rd. Having sailed 11 of the 14 races available (and performing well!), the 2022 Twilight Challenge Trophy for Keelboat PY B was undeniably awarded to Marut.
In the Keelboat PY A Class, it was a similar outcome for Simba. The Dehler 39 sailed 11 of the 14 races available in the year, of which he won 7! He ended the year with a victory for the last race of Series III, up against close rivals Birregurra, Shardana, Southern Light and Invictus. Although Simba won the Twilight Challenge Trophy for Keelboat PY A Class, she shares the spoils with Birregurra – the Hanse 415’s consistency for Series III awarded her with 10 points and first place for the Twilight Series III, 1 point ahead of Southern Light and 2 points ahead of Simba. Kudos to Southern Light – scoring a near-perfect start and finishing a commendable 2nd for the final race of the year was a great way to their Series III campaign.
The battle for the overall 2022 Twilight Series IRC Challenge Trophy was a little more closely contested, between 2 very talented short-handed boats. Waka Tere ended the Series and year with a hard-fought victory in the final race. Bravo Zulu to Minx‘s valiant attempts which kept the crew of the Nelson 10 on their toes. The best performing and most consistent attendee placed first and second in the overall leaderboard, separated by a mere 4 points after 14 races. Congratulations to both boats for earning the top 2 spots for Series III – we are positive that with the return of participants from Raja Muda and holiday travels, the IRC Class will return as a full fleet when we resume SailFest festivities in 2023.
Congratulations to all the winners – see you all this afternoon for the Sunday Series Finale!
Series III Results
2022 Twilight Leaderboard