With many sailors travelling for business, we notice a smaller core group of sailors consistently participating in our Club Series. Despite the decrease in numbers, there was still excitable action on water around the buoys as we conducted the 4th race of the Twilight Series. A total of 8 boats were sent to Squance in a light South-Westerly breeze, against a significant current.
The first casualty of the strong outgoing tide was Olive Oyl. Her skipper, Weiquan was valiant and persistent in his attempt to get the little Minuet to the start line, but made little progress as the evening developed – resulting in an eventual retirement. Olmeto while having made the start and completing half the race, surrendered in the face of dying winds in the penultimate leg. The 2 retirements meant that podium winners have defaulted to the remaining 3 boats which completed the race in the PY Class – Shardana, Remington and Nevis! The Dufour 34 while outmaneuvered by Remington on the first mark rounding made steady gains and eventually found herself in the lead with a sufficient gap to claim victory on corrected time. Remington placed a well deserved 2nd, and Nevis avoided a charging commercial vessel on her final leg enroute to finishing 3rd.
Waka Tere continue to fly the flag high for the IRC Class, being the only boat participating. Her completion of this race and perfect attendance confirms her victory for the Series, as she amassed 4/4 wins for all Twilight races so far. Bula had company in the Multihull Class, in the form of Sirius Swift. While not at her swiftest, the crew onboard were all smiles and already enjoying evening drinks after setting their gennaker on the long leg to Changi Buoy. Bula’s efforts rewarded her with yet another bullet, and an assured win for the first Twilight Series of 2023.
Next week we conduct the annual CSC IRC, PY & One-Design Keelboat Championships, welcoming SMU Sailing Club, and RSYC to join us for a series of 6 races in windward-leeward format racing. Looking forward to seeing everyone on water then!