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!