The inter-monsoon sadness continues this weekend, as sailors endured mirror-like waters and a stifling heat to complete Race 2 of the Twilight Series I. The extreme humidity and light airs meant that race organizers had to shorten the course for all sailors, ending their misery on their journey back from Squance buoy.
The IRC Class welcome back old hand Jong Dee – a J35 no stranger to our racing scene. Having taken a break since the Ambassadors Cup last year, skipper Paul and crew took it easy on the course, taking their time to shake the rust off and get back into gear. She trails behind her rivals Simba and Waka Tere, with the latter excelling in the light air – leading the fleet comfortably from start to finish to score victory in the IRC Class. Simba was content, as her performance was respectable despite it being not her preferred wind condition.
We see the largest representation coming from the PY fleet, totaling 9 boats on the start line. The little boats prevailed in the light air, with all 3 boats on podium measuring under 24 feet. They took full advantage of the incoming breeze from the south west, closing the gap between them and the leaders. In first place on corrected time, we have Nevis! the Catalina 22 sport scored her first bullet for the series, capitalizing on the new wind direction to keep close to the fleet and eventually secure the top spot. Marut placed 2 minutes behind, a strong finish and first podium placing for skipper Guilherme this season. Brilliant Brio completed the triumphant trio in 3rd.
Speaking of triumphant trios, it was an epic photo-finish in the Multihull Class, as Bula, Sirius Swift and Miss Visayan crossed the line within seconds of each other in a nail-biting conclusion. The orange Corsair 880 made a surprising comeback with the incoming southwest breeze, catching up with leaders Bula and Miss Visayan who were stuck in the doldrums. It was then a race to the finish line with all 3 boats separated by mere metres. Sirius Swift clinched the win, just seconds ahead of Miss V and Bula – of which the former edged ahead to place 2nd by a second.
Congratulations to all the winners – and to all participants for persevering through the challenging conditions! See you next week for the 3rd race of our Sunday Series I (23 April).