It seems the weather is now slowly returning to normal, as the North East Monsoon failed to make an appearance for the weekend. In its place, gloomy skies and sporadic showers greeted sailors on saturday, possibly signaling the end of 2023’s NE Monsoon season.
The unpredictable weather and glassy conditions mid-afternoon prompted some beach catamaran sailors to sit out the first race of the Twilight Series, choosing instead to chill on land. Despite their absence, it was still a decent attendance on Saturday, collecting 12 boats across 3 classes for the first race of the series. The wind steadied itself from the north, that coupled with a strong outgoing tide prompted the race committee to put up the green course flag – sending sailors to squance buoy first.
Being the only IRC boat did not stop Kurt and Gill from having a good time on water, as they sailed Waka Tere splendidly to lead the keelboat fleet for most of the race. She was being chased relentlessly by a refreshed Remington – returning from extensive repairs to commence her campaign in the 2023 Twilight Series, PY Class. With the wind on the beam, she had nearly unparalleled speed sailing the course, keeping ahead of traditionally faster boats such as Invictus and Birregurra. Undoubtedly, the S&S 42 secured her first victory for the series, placing ahead of Olmeto in 2nd and Brio in 3rd after corrected time. Bravo Zulu to Olive Oyl for their first foray into club racing – their valiant attempt to complete the race while unsuccessful, will serve as a springboard for the enthusiastic skipper and crew.
The Multihull Class was represented by a trio of Trimarans – Bula, Miss Visayan and Sirius Swift. While it was a close fight between the Dash 750 and Corsair 28, the former’s solo attempt eventually prevailed, placing a comfortable 4 minutes ahead of her larger rival to score the first bullet for this series. With the disadvantage of not having her spinnaker, the Orange Corsair 880 could not mount a serious contest for this race – unable to keep pace with the leaders. We are confident that with her sail wardrobe completed, she will be Siriusly Swift for future races.
Thank you all for participating in the first race of the Twilight Series I – see you next week for Race 2 of the Sunday Series I!