While hordes of people are gathered downtown this weekend for the annual Singapore Grand Prix, Changi Sailing Club organized the not-so-fast but equally exciting Twilight Race, attended by an intimate fleet of 10 boats. This was the penultimate race for the Twilight Series II, and all contenders made sure to attend and consolidate their positions before entering the final race weekend on 23 & 24 September.
The sole representation in the IRC Class made light work of the course, despite only sailing with 2 persons onboard. Minx was one of 4 boats sailing 2-up for the race, joining Waka Tere, Olmeto and Birregurra in impressing us with their short-handed sailing abilities. Having completed 2 out of the 5 races scheduled for this series, Minx will have to sail in the 5th and final race next week to contend with Jong Dee and Red Rum One for the top spot in the IRC Class.
In the PY Keelboat Class, Team Jock overcame all odds to finally notch a win in the Twilight Series, completing 3 consecutive weekends of podium finishes with a victory in Race 4. Despite struggling with a terrible twist in the headsail on the final stretch to the finish line, she had done enough on corrected time to place ahead of her more illustrious rivals. Remington was just over 2 minutes adrift, a respectable result for the S&S 42. Completing the podium would be the well-established Waka Tere, whose 3rd place finish also places her 3rd in the series results, just 3 points short of Jock and Remington. She however has a discard to play, which closes the gap between the top 3 in this fleet.
The trio of Trimarans on water enjoyed the off-wind conditions, blitzing through the full course in under 80 minutes! While Miss Visayan outpaced the fleet to score first place ahead of Cicak and Sirius Swift, it was the little lizard that raised eyebrows with a misjudged mark rounding at Squance, resulting in the navigation buoy being wedged between Cicak’s main hull and port ama. Thankfully no casualties or major damages, with the lizard eventually limping her way to 2nd place – surviving a late attack from the Corsair 880 on the final leg. All 3 boats managed to sail in 3 of the 5 races scheduled, qualifying them for series prizes next weekend.
Congratulations to all the winners – see you next week for the Twilight Series II and Sunday Series II finale!