The Twilight Series II Finale arrived in typical Singapore weather – warm and becalmed. A total of 9 Keelboats and 4 Multihulls were in attendance, of which many were in contention for a podium position. Wind direction fluttered between south and south east, eventually settling into an almost easterly direction in the late evening.
On the first leg to Squance, The only orange boat in the fleet sailed well to lead the multihull class, an impressive display from the Corsair 880. Despite her most serious efforts, a few costly errors on the course left Sirius Swift just short of a podium finish in the Multihull Class, taking 4th place across the line. She was however incredibly consistent in the whole series, taking part in 4 of the 5 races scheduled – claiming 3rd overall. On the flipside, Bula’s solo efforts in Race 5 awarded her with a victory for the race, but poor attendance in the series leaves her just out of contention, placing 4th overall. Consistency is key, as overall series II winner Miss Visayan leads by example, scoring three bullets and a 2nd in Race 5 to top the table. She is followed closely by Cicak, whose podium finishes in all except Race 3 secured her 2nd position in the Series.
In the PY Class, it was an interesting development at Squance, with the wind hole causing the fleet to bunch up for an intimate mark rounding. The fleet begun to spread out on the return leg, with Waka Tere taking the lead, followed closely by Remington, Invictus, Brio and Jock in quick succession. Eventually taking line honours, the Nelson 10 did not put enough distance between her and the fleet, placing 7th on corrected time. Coming out on top was the nimble Nevis, a Catalina Sport 23, one of the 2 smallest boats in attendance. She thrived on the broad reaches, securing top spot on handicap correction. Jock took 2nd place just under 2 minutes behind. Despite outpacing Nevis to cross the line a minute ahead, Olmeto had to settle for 3rd. In the overall Series II standings, Nevis’s Race 5 victory propelled her into 3rd place overall, pipping Waka Tere by 1 point. Despite Remington’s 6th place finish in Race 5, strong finishes in Race 2 to 4 secured the S&S 42 her first runner-up position just one point short of Series II champions, Jock. The J24’s fairy-tail run has rewarded the crew with three podium finishes and a bullet in Race 4, collecting 9 points in total to emerge victorious for the series.
The IRC Class was once again solely represented by the mighty Minx, an extremely capable x342. She scored three consecutive bullets in Races 3 to 5 to place first overall in the series, beating rivals Red Rum One and Jong Dee in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Congratulations to all the winners – fingers crossed the skies clear up before the start of this afternoon’s Sunday Series II finale!