Twilight Series III 2023 (Race 2)

With just a week till the Ambassadors’ Cup, sailors squeeze in their final preparations, some making it for quick sail in the Twilight Series III, Race 2. Unsurprisingly, the afternoon started off with lackluster conditions, prompting the Race Committee to signal an AP flag, postponing racing for the fleet. Thankfully, a light southeasterly came through at 15 to 5, allowing for the fleet to race a shortened course to Squance and back.

In the IRC Class, we welcome the return of 2022 Ambassadors’ Cup runner-up Red Rum One, as she shook off the rust and sharpened her moves to ready herself as worthy contenders for this year’s edition. She did well to claim line honours, but lost out on corrected time to the mighty Minx. The X342 boasts a lean and experienced crew of 3, which no doubt resulted in a successful performance. Simba while left out of the podium, managed to get some good water-time after a long break – just in time for next week’s event.

The smallest boat packed the biggest punch, as Nevis sailed a fantastic race in the light air to clinch victory by a slim margin of 23 seconds in the PY Class. Making it two 2nd place finishes out of 2 races, Skybird looks to be a consistent and serious contender for the Twilight Series III. Waka Tere completes the podium in 3rd, failing to sufficiently stretch her lead on the short course.

Michael Flecker, skipper of Bula seems to have completely gotten the hang of sailing solo, as he dashed to a confident victory over the chasing fleet of Multihulls. She placed ahead of Miss Visayan in 2nd, who finished only 13 seconds ahead of Dot Dot Dot in 3rd. It was all very close, as Sirius Swift trailed both by just over a minute, missing out on podium.

After a DNF score in her last race, Bubble Trouble made sure to sail the proper course this round, completing the race in 1hr 40mins. We look forward to a quicker cat and more frequent racing from Will and Team!

Congratulations to all winners – we look forward to having all of you back on 4th November for the 22nd Ambassadors’ Cup!

Results

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Sunday Series III 2023 (Race 2)

Despite starting in a promising north-easterly breeze on a pennant 3 course, the fleet for the Sunday Series III Race 2 was reduced to a slow crawl on the return leg from Serangoon Buoy, with a few boats using nearly the full 210 minutes allowed for the race. All classes were represented this weekend, with a total of 12 boats sailing across 4 classes.

The Beach Catamaran Class welcomes new entrant, Babe, together with last week’s Twilight winner, Bubble Trouble and veteran Balqis II to make it a fleet of three. Although Babe had to retire and Bubble Trouble missed the finish line, it was most encouraging to see that both boats made a valiant effort to complete the challenging course. Balqis II returns to racing with her first victory for this series, looking sharp and ready for 4th November’s Ambassadors’ Cup.

Miss Visayan continues her winning ways, cruising to a comfortable lead in front of Dot Dot Dot. Skipper David Steel returns to racing sporting a beautiful sticker design adorning the hull, very much in symphony with the boat’s name. Despite her struggles at the start and spinnaker hoist, she completed the race in a respectable 2 hours 19 minutes and 40 seconds to place 2nd in the Multihull Class.

Once again the biggest fleet, but this time by a slim margin – the PY fleet was represented by a total of 4 boats. It was a competitive group, and Jock found herself struggling to catch up with the fleet after stalling at the start. She eventually missed out on podium, but not for the lack of trying. In 3rd place, Waka Tere crossed swords with Brio on the course, a rare occurrence for a boat which usually battles with the likes of Adona for line honours. The sonar sailed a brilliant race, scoring her first bullet for the series, with a very comfortable 14 minute lead on Remington after corrected time.

In the IRC Class, Adona performed well on the course. After securing an early lead, the J29 made further gains to eventually cross the finish line 23 minutes ahead of her nearest rival. The battle between the X342 and the J24 saw the little J emerge victorious, as Minx only managed to put 2 minutes between her and Jellico – an insufficient gap to win on corrected time.

Thank you all for participating – and congratulations to the winners! We look forward to having everyone back this Friday for Members Night, and Saturday for the Twilight Series and Racing Rules Clinic.

Results

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Twilight Series III 2023 (Race 1)

With the Ambassadors’ Cup just 3 weeks away, we now see a few more sailors coming out of the woodwork to get some sailing practice in. We also have the return of the usual suspects for each class, gathering a total of 13 boats on the start line for the first race of the Twilight Series III.

Both the IRC and Beach Catamaran Class were represented by 1 boat each – thank you Minx and new entrant Bubble Trouble for flying the flag high for their respective classes. Special mention to Bubble Trouble, skippered by Will Adeney – for being game and successfully completing the Twilight Course despite his limited racing experience. We hope to see him race more regularly in the coming weekends!

The Multihull Class was represented by an eclectic mix of colours on the course, flown by Miss Visayan, Bula and Sirius Swift. The trio sailed the course well, separated by only 11 minutes across 3 boats. The team on Sirius Swift seem to be gradually getting better, but struggled to pop their top 3 mainsail battens for one of the legs – losing crucial time to the 2 leading boats. Miss Visayan claimed victory just 2 minutes ahead of Bula – taking the first win for this Series.

8 boats raced in the PY Keelboat Class, without doubt the largest fleet on the course. Encouraging to see Sequin and Skybird back racing, refreshing additions to a already vibrant class. Racing was also very competitive, with the 4th-6th place finishers separated by mere seconds. In 3rd place, Nevis just missed out on 2nd, as Skybird swept in to place as first runner-up just 12 seconds ahead of the Catalina Sport on corrected time. At the top, Waka Tere looked comfortably in the lead for most of the course, scoring the first bullet for the Series barely breaking a sweat.

Congratulations to all winners – see you next week for the Sunday Series III, Race 2. We also have a Racing Rules Clinic coming up on 28th October (1pm-3pm), conducted by International Jury, Mr Selvam Mookken. We look forward to having all of you join us for these weekend events.

Results

Race 1_Twilight Series III 2023 Results

 

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Sunday Series III 2023 (Race 1)

After a week’s break, CSC resumes Club racing activities with the Sunday Series III, commencing the series with a rare pennant 8 course – providing a convenient warmup for next month’s 22nd Ambassadors’ Cup. Winds blew consistently from a southeasterly direction, setting a near-perfect windward-leeward course for the 12 boats participating.

In the IRC class, all eyes were on Adona after the start, as she took advantage of a good start to establish an early lead in the race. She was pushed hard on the upwind by the X99, but Born in Fire could not maintain the heat on the downwind leg due to the costly error of having forgotten to bring the spinnaker for the race. Despite a late start, Minx quickly settled into a groove, sailing a superb downwind leg to close the gap between her and the J29. She takes 2nd place a distant 6 minutes behind – a result she will be looking to better in the upcoming races.

The largest fleet was attended by the same PY boats which took part in the final race of Series II, great to see a 100% return for Series III! Waka took an early lead, stretching the distance on the upwind leg before making the best of her asymmetrical set-up for the downwind leg to finish. She did enough to score a 3rd on corrected time, edged out by Jock and Brio in 1st and 2nd respectively. A fantastic result for Race 1 from the top 2 contenders – we can’t wait to see more exciting action from the PY Class!

The usual suspects Bula and Miss Visayan had a returning friend on water this series, as a trio of trimarans graced the start line for the Multihulls. Ragnarok resumes racing this year in Series III, and has also registered her participation in the Ambassadors’ Cup next month. Great to see her keeping Miss Visayan on her toes, as she tracked her course throughout most of the downwind leg. At the top, Bula claims the first bullet for the series, having led for most of the race to cross the line by a comfortable 4 minutes ahead of Miss Visayan.

A worthy start to the last Series for the year, congratulations to all winners! We look forward to commencing Series III for Twilight on 14 October.

Results

Race 1_Sunday Series III 2023 Results

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