A total of 10 boats graced the start line for the final event of Twilight Series I. Forming 3 classes, the participating yachts had to battle in extremely light air and the occasional wake from the Ubin ferries to contest Race 5 of the Series. With the storm systems clearing up, race committee was hesitant to send sailors on an unpredictable leg to squance – fearing the lack of wind after the downpour and a strengthening incoming tide in the evening. As such, the decision was made to shorten the course at the club line after rounding Changi Buoy.
The largest category of the day was the Keelboat PY Class, and the most excitement came from the back of the fleet! Olive Oyl, also the smallest boat in the fleet, had struggled and failed to finish all 4 races prior to Race 5. Determined to meet their objective of completing the race, the motley crew of sea scouts helmed by Mr Lin Weiquan performed a respectable start, managing to keep up with the fleet nearly all the way to Changi Buoy. However the real challenge started on their return leg to the finish line – winds had dropped and the incoming tide was very slow, providing little support for the Minuet’s return sail. Eventually, with a gentle puff the boat crossed the line just before 6pm, in a time of 1hr 52min 26sec. The crowds cheered as she was signaled to finish with an extended horn, a momentous occasion for the team on Olive Oyl. Kudos for their persistence and never-say-die attitude.
At the top of the fleet, Bound to Please claimed both line honours and victory on corrected time. Her new owner Mr Colin Clark is all smiles – and has already made plans to campaign for the upcoming RSYC Regatta and Singapore Regatta on Bound to Please. In a close 2nd, Brio’s consistency bore fruit, as she added this 2nd place finish to her tally of 1 bullet (Race 3) and two 3rd place finishes (Races 1 & 2) to complete Twilight Series I on 9 points as overall PY Champions. Birregurra completed the podium winners for Race 5, and her result secured her a 3rd place as well in the overall Series I standings. Despite placing 4th yesterday, Remington had done enough to claim 2nd overall with 12 points – just 3 points away from the Sonar.
In the IRC Class, Waka Tere was joined by Jong Dee and Minx – a most welcomed challenge for the lonely Nelson. The 3 boats split after rounding Changi Buoy, with Jong Dee and Minx heading out into the channel and Waka Tere sticking to the coast. The decision to head out proved advantageous, with the Challengers eventually crossing the line ahead of Waka Tere. Special mention to Minx – claiming both line honours and victory on corrected time for Race 5 while sailing solo! Despite having only raced 1 out of 5 races, her win placed her 3rd in the Series, by default. In a similar development, Jong Dee placed 2nd in the series despite having raced in only 2 out of the 5 races. Congratulations to all 3 boats – we hope to see more consistent participation from the IRC fleet moving forward.
The Multihulls, while only represented by a trio of boats across the series, see steady participation from all 3. Despite Bula’s absence, she had done enough in Races 1 – 4 to be crowned the winner for Series I. A victory in Race 5 was too little too late for Miss Visayan, as her score of 9 points was just 1 point short of 2nd placed Sirius Swift. Skipper Eugene’s consistent attendance shone through, coupled with the highlight in Race 2, scoring a bullet against her more experienced rivals.
Thank you all for your participation throughout the first Twilight Series of 2023. We now hope for more winds this afternoon as we conduct the 5th and final race for the Sunday Series I. See you on water.