On 9th December, CSC concluded the Twilight Series 2023 with the 15th and final race, in fresh N-NE monsoon conditions. A total of 12 boats were in attendance, of which most were in serious contention for the Series III and overall 2023 standings.
In the IRC Class, the Mighty Minx scored a convincing victory in all available events – winning Race 5, topping the table in Series III and emerging triumphant across all 15 races in the year to claim the Twilight Challenge Trophy for 2023. She fended off strong performances from Red Rum One and Jong Dee, but sprinted off with the 2023 title due to her spotless attendance record for Series III.
Boasting a total of 18 boats participating, the PY Class is the largest division to be contested for the Twilight Series. From nippy 23ft sports boats to elegant classic yachts, the Class is well represented by a variety of boat designs. 7 boats graced the start line for Race 5, and the usual suspects made up the majority of the fleet. Waka Tere returns after a weeks break, demolishing the course in clinical fashion to claim her 3rd bullet for Series III – sealing her win in the PY Class with 6 points. Race 5 was arguably Shardana’s best performance for this series – and it was reflected in her score, positioning her 2nd on corrected time. The result secured the Dufour 34’s place on the podium for Series III, edging ahead of Remington by 1 point to claim 3rd in the Series. Despite finishing 5th for Race 5, Nevis had done enough to claim 2nd for Series III, amassing a total of 11 points from 4 races. In the overall Twilight Series Leaderboard, consistency is the name of the game. All 3 boats on the podium had near-unblemished participation record for the year, and Remington prevailed with an impressive 35 points from15 races (after 3 discards). The Sparks & Stevens 42 was crowned the 2023 PY Twilight Champion, placing ahead of her small and fiery competitors Nevis (40 points) and Brio (53 points).
It has been great witnessing new entrants in the Multihull Class, namely Dot Dot Dot, Sirius Swift and Ragnarok. Joined by old hands Bula and Miss Visayan, the fleet is healthy and consistently participating in the weekend events – kudos to the Skippers! The fight for top spot came down to Race 5, and Bula’s father-daughter combo proved effective in fending off advances from the crew aboard Miss Visayan, claiming victory to secure Series III 1 point ahead of her archrival. However her victory was not enough to unseat Miss V in the overall standings, as she completes the year with 18 points – 2 points ahead of Bula to earn the 2023 Multihull Twilight Challenge Trophy. We also acknowledge healthy participation and consistent performance from Sirius Swift, who despite missing out on the final race of the season, managed to secure 3rd overall for 2023.
The Beach Catamaran Class was represented by Will Adeney’s Bubble Trouble. Having participated in at 4 out of the available 5 races, she takes Series III comfortably. Poor attendance across the year meant that the Beach Catamaran Twilight Challenge Trophy will not be awarded for 2023 – We do hope to see the return of the fleet in 2024.
A big thank you to all 34 boats which participated this year – we look forward to your continued support next season. See you this afternoon for the Sunday Series III and 2023 Finale!
Twilight Series III Results
2023 Twilight Leaderboard Standings