The NE Monsoon has begun to tease us! We had refreshing wind conditions for the 3rd race of the Twilight Series III, all thanks the the prevailing NE breeze, taking sailors on a quick and easy jaunt between Changi and Squance. The fleet was represented by 7 Keelboats, 3 Multihulls and 1 Beach Catamaran, totaling 11 boats on the start line.
The fastest boat was also the only boat in her class, the Nacra 16 Square, skippered by Scott McCook. His solo attempt to complete 3 laps resulted in a blazing time of 1hr, 10 minutes and 45 seconds. His fastest lap was clocked in as 21 minutes and 42 seconds – 6 minutes faster than the quickest multihull!
Bula was a bullet on water today, as the potent pair of Michael Flecker and Tim Hill worked in symphony to triumph over fierce rivals Miss Visayan and Sirius Swift. The Corsair 880 despite missing out on podium looked smoother on the technical maneuvers, perhaps influenced by their consistent sailing over the past few months.
In the Keelboat IRC Class, it was also a solo effort and impressive result from Minx, who sailed well to keep up with bigger and faster boats with more bodies on board. These were boats in the PY Class, the largest fleet boasting 6 boats on the course. Sitting right on top was also another short-handed boat, Waka Tere. The familiar red and white hull is however no stranger to sailing short-handed, with Kurt and Gill making it look effortless sailing and extending their lead on the fleet with every leg. Taking 2nd place on corrected time, Nevis crossed the line at the back of the pack, but had done enough to stick close to the fleet and earn herself a place on the podium. Completing the trio of winners would be the beautiful Birregurra. Basil returns to racing also with minimal crew on board, making light work of the course and successfully fending off a strong effort from Shardana, Brio and Remington.
Congratulations to all the winners – we now look forward to the last Monthly Dinghy Race of 2023, taking place at 2pm this afternoon. Following that, we have our Members’ Night on 24 Nov, and Race 4 of our Sunday Series on 26 Nov. Thank you all for participating – see you soon!