Twilight Series I 2024 (Race 1)

The first Twilight Race of 2024 continued to enjoy the blessings of North-easterly winds, carrying the entire fleet through the full course. We had a healthy attendance of 16 boats participating – consisting of 11 Keelboats, 4 Multihulls and 1 Beach catamaran.

It was a match race of sorts between Jong Dee and Minx – both boats proudly representing the Keelboat IRC Class in the absence of the rest of the fleet. The J35 and X342 share similar lengths, but have key differences in configuration and design. Skippers Paul and Lucas have crossed swords many times on the race course, especially so in the Twilight races. This time the former Rear Commodore of Sailing steered Jong Dee to an early lead before the first mark rounding, setting the pace for the rest of the race before eventually securing a comfortable victory over Minx.

The Keelboat PY Class had a lot more boats on the start line – making it a very bustling affair during the start sequence. New entrant Slingshot’s attempt at starting on starboard tack showed her inexperience, as she quickly got subdued after the start due to her lack of boat speed off the line. Sapphire Star and Waka Tere were quick to establish an early lead on the fleet – the same 2 boats which went on to claim the top 2 spots on corrected time. It was heartbreak for Sapphire Star skipper Simon Connor, whose great sail was just 3 seconds short of 1st place. Waka Tere’s win was well-deserved, with Kurt and Gill looking like they hardly broke a sweat on the course. Rounding up the podium winners is the 40 foot beauty, Birregurra. fresh off her victory at last week’s Sunday Series race, she continues her win streak with a 3rd on corrected time.

4 boats were present on the start line for the Multihull Class, as Bula, Sirius Swift and Enter the Dragon return to Club racing after a short break. Joined by Miss Visayan, the fleet made good time on the course, averaging an hour and 10 minutes for the race. Bula and Miss Visayan resumed their on water rivalry, and the final results saw Michael and team prevail, claiming line honours just a minute ahead of Miss Visayan. Sirius Swift won the battle for 3rd place, successfully swatting off the chasing Dragonfly, Enter the Dragon. In the absence of the beach catamaran fleet, Bubble Trouble had no trouble at all getting on the podium, as Will and crew comfortably completed the course to take home the pennant 1 shot glass.

Congratulations to all winners, thank you everyone for turning up for the first twilight race of the year! Next week we shall take our sailing to Bintan – as we organise the 2nd Bintan Regatta together with Bintan Resorts. Club racing resumes with the Sunday Series I (Race 2) on 7th April.


Race 1_Twilight Series I 2024 Results

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