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.