Twilight Series III – Race 5 [FINAL]

Blessed with a fresh cold breeze from the west, sailors received all the winds and very little rain from the weather system that was brewing yesterday afternoon, providing a pleasant (albeit a little chilly) race to end the Twilight Series for 2020.

In the IRC Class, Red Rum One executed a good start to take an early lead – providing the perfect springboard for her to extend the distance between her and the rest of the fleet. The Archambault 40 eventually took an easy line honours and her first win for the series, a sweet end to her Twilight Series III campaign. She completes the series with a total of 9 points – taking 3rd place. Waka Tere and Adona were the top 2 contenders for the Series III title, locked in a stalemate after finishing in 2nd and 3rd respectively. As both boats had exactly the same results, the tie-breaker came down to who finished ahead in yesterday’s race – therefore handing Waka Tere the Series III win. For the overall Twilight 2020 Challenge Trophy, Waka Tere completes the year in a jubilant mood, successfully defending her title with a total of 4 points, just 1 point ahead of Jong Dee.

The PY Class was also very closely contested, with many boats vying for the top spot in Series III. Yesterday’s conditions was quite favourable for the smaller boats, with the top 4 boats all under 25ft. The crew aboard Jonty J were ecstatic, having sailed a superb race to take line honours and their first bullet on corrected time. After successfully winning a protest, Notus claims her first podium position, taking 2nd place on corrected time. This comes after consistently placing 4th in the last 3 Twilight Races – a positive end to her campaign. Brio completes the podium in 3rd. When the numbers were crunched, her 3rd place finish was sufficient to clinch the Twilight Series III victory on 9 points – winning a tie-breaker with Marut. Coming in 3rd was also another tie-breaker, as Simba edged out Notus by scoring a bullet in Race 1. Marut was the biggest winner last night, as her performance in both series II & III earned her a total of 4 points and the overall Twilight 2020 PY Challenge Trophy.

Our favourite Multihull teams return to match race once again – as Cicak gave it one last attempt to snatch the bullet from Jaza Too…. and they did! Cicak did everything well, from a good start to good boat speed and successfully holding her lead over Jaza Too to claim a hard-earned victory. With her Series III win, Jaza Too made it 2 bullets from 2 series to take home the 2020 Twilight Multihull Challenge Trophy.

A similar match race took place between Stray Catz and Madfish II – two of the most competitive beach catamarans currently active in Singapore. The latter made light work of the conditions and her opponent, tackling the strong currents well on the beat to defend successfully against the chasing Stray Catz. Her win allows her to take Series III with 3 bullets and 10 points, beating 2nd placed Stray Catz by 3 points. Despite a no-show yesterday, Balqis II manages to stay the best of the rest, completing the podium in 3rd on 14 points. With poor attendance from the remaining boats, the fight for the Twilight Challenge Trophy this year was also between the same boats – all 3 boats tie on 4 points, with Madfish II winning Series III to break the tie and emerge the Twilight Beach Catamaran Champions for 2020.

Thank you all for participating in our Twilight Series races in 2020 – we look forward to more winds and exciting sailing for our Sunday Series III Race 5 later today!


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Twilight Series III Overall Results

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Twilight Series III – Race 4

On a day where many of our Hindu & Sikh friends were celebrating the Festival of Lights, CSC ran the 4th race of the Twilight Series III. It was another test of patience as sailors struggled to make progress to Changi Buoy after the start, spending a good 40 minutes crawling to the mark. Thankfully a short spurt of westerly breeze took them across the Club, giving sailors and race organisers some hope in completing at least 1 loop for the race. Alas, the wind was short-lived. Even with the current helping the fleet, participants returned to a slow crawl to Squance Buoy, prompting the Race Committee to shorten the Course at the Club Line – giving every participant an opportunity to finish.

In the IRC Class, Adona continued her string of good performances, taking full advantage of the lighter airs to triumph against the larger boats in her fleet. She sailed well to cross the line just 6 minutes behind Red Rum One, sealing her win on handicap. She will enter next week’s finale in pole position, just 1 point ahead of 2019 champions Waka Tere. Waka Tere and Jong Dee both struggled with poor starts and a large lull in the middle of our moorings. The former recovered earlier, and emerged the faster of the two to complete the podium in 3rd.

The lighter boats sweeped the podium places in the PY Class as well, with Brio, Marut and Balqis taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively on corrected time. Brio only just clinched victory by 6 seconds over Marut, and Balqis a close 33 seconds behind. Together with Simba and Notus, all 3 boats are in the running for podium in the overall results for the Twilight Series III PY Class – only 1 or 2 points separating each boat going into next week’s finale. One thing these boats have in common: full attendance in the Twilight Series III! Consistency definitely plays a big part in yielding good results.

A trio of Trimarans consisting of  Jaza Too, Cicak and Phoenix made up the Multihull fleet this weekend, with Jaza Too once again sailing well to take the bullet. The margin was significantly closer this week, as Cicak finished only a minute and 28 seconds adrift. When the numbers were crunched, she took 2nd place by a slim 38 seconds. The fickle winds got the better of Freddy and Crew aboard Phoenix, as they struggled to master the conditions and emulate last week’s good performance. Yesterday’s results meant that Jaza Too has secured her Twilight Series III victory with 4 bullets from 4 races. A similar result in the Series for Cicak, as she scored 2nd in all 4 races for a total of 8 points, cementing her runner-up placing. Congratulations to both Multihulls and thank you for the continued support for our Twilight Series.

Last to launch and first to finish – Madfish II was definitely playing with fire as they scrambled to get to the start line in the middle of the starting sequence. Thankfully she made it in time and even took line honours! She claims first place ahead of Ripple V and Stray Catz respectively. Despite finishing about 30 seconds ahead of Ripple V, Stray Catz did not put enough distance between them, eventually missing out on podium after Texel correction. Poor attendance all round meant that Balqis II, Madfish II and Stray Catz have everything to fight for in the final race. They are currently separated by 2 points each, but await a discard of their DNC scores after next week’s race to tabulate the final results.

Congratulations once again to all the winners. We look forward to having everyone back next week for the Twilight and Sunday Series III Finale to complete 2020 Club Racing on a high!


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Series Results

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Twilight Series III – Race 3

Never a dull moment at Changi Sailing Club – Race 3 of our Twilight Series III saw varying wind conditions over a span of 2 hours. From a comfortable 6-7knot easterly breeze to a cold 12-14knot front filling in from the north-west, it was challenging conditions for the fleet of 16 boats participating.

Disciplined starts from both the Keelboat and Multihull fleets meant that it was a clean sheet for all boats for this race, with near perfect starts from Adona, Remington and Red Rum One. The start gave Adona a much needed momentum, sailing well to round Changi Buoy just behind Sangaree and ahead of faster boats such as Jong Dee and Waka Tere. She subsequently handled the shifting winds well, survived the surprise squalls and a near Man-Overboard just before the finish line to hold her own in the IRC Class, finishing comfortably in first place after corrected time. Waka Tere clawed back from a poor start to cross the line and finish as first runner-up. Despite her good start and line honours, Red Rum One struggled to pull further ahead of the fleet, and had to settle for 3rd on handicap.

In the PY Class, the tussle for third was a close competition between 4 boats (Balqis, Notus, New Blue Eyes & Simba) separated by only 32 seconds in total after corrected time. Balqis emerged the best of lot, staying 11 seconds ahead of Notus both on handicap and across the line. The little boats shined on the course, as both Brio & Marut sailed valiantly to keep the faster boats within close sighting distance. The former crossed the line just 9 seconds behind Notus, earning her a well deserved bullet for the race. Marut‘s performance placed her in second position, just 1min 45 seconds behind the winner on corrected time.

Again the Multihulls and Beach Catamarans were represented by 2 boats each, with the usual suspects Cicak and Jaza Too match-racing on the course in the Multihull Class; together with senior sailors Nigel (Stray Catz) and David (Balqis II) doing the same in the Beach Catamaran Class. It was another case of deja vu for Cicak in the Multihull Class, as she could not capitalize on her early lead, and was eventually overtaken by Jaza Too on the penultimate leg. In the battle of the Taipan F16s, Nigel shook off the rust and powered Stray Catz to a convincing win, finishing just over 10 minutes ahead of Balqis II to mark a positive return to Club racing.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for taking part! We look forward to 2 events next week:

  1. Rainbow Centre Yishun Park School Fun Sail (7th November, 10am-1pm)
  2. Sunday Series III – Race 4 (8th November, 2pm)

See you then!


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Twilight Series III – Race 2

Despite the sweltering heat, 18 boats took to the start line to race in the Twilight Series III – Race 2. It was a day where winds prevailed from the South, setting the stage for a reaching course. With the wind abeam, it was all the more important for sailors to execute a good start, and some boats managed to do that successfully.

In the PY Class, Notus and Balqis held their own amongst the big boats, starting on the front row together with the likes of Red Rum and Simba. Their starts must have contributed significantly, as they managed to stay close to the leading pack and proceeded to take 4th and 3rd place respectively after corrected time. Simba made amends for their poor performance over last week’s Sunday Series III – Race 2 to cross the line sufficiently ahead of the fleet and just minutes behind Sangaree to claim first runner-up. Not all boats were on time at the start line – a prime example being Marut. She played catch-up after a horrendous start, but thrived in the prevailing wind angle to claw her way back into the mix. After a few smart calls and a consistently good boat speed, she earned herself a hard-fought victory on handicap, beating Simba by 52 seconds.

Ad Smit (Skipper of Adona) was completely taken by surprised when handed the second-place shot glass for the IRC Class. Adona was not at her best yesterday, struggling to keep up with the leading boats and also succumbing to better boat speed from many of the PY Class Keelboats. Despite her struggles, it seems her best efforts were not in vain, as their performance was good enough to place her on the podium, second only to winners Waka Tere. It was a close fight amongst all 3 IRC winners, with Red Rum taking line honours and completing the podium in 3rd – just 20 seconds behind Adona.

The Multihull and Beach Catamaran Classes had 2 boats participating in each fleet, consisting of usual suspects Jaza Too, Cicak, Kaze Cat and Balqis II. Good starts were the name of the game – a very poor start from Balqis II proved too costly, and Kaze Cat lead from start to finish to take the win comfortably in the Beach Catamaran Class. A similar story took place in the Multihull Class as Jaza Too demonstrated a better start and better boat speed to keep the nippy Cicak in their wake, eventually claiming victory in her class.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you all for taking part! Lets stay cool and recuperate during the week – we look forward to another weekend of exhilarating racing on 25 October, where we conduct the 3rd race for the Sunday Series III!


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Twilight Series III – Race 1

After a leisurely night jaunt to catch the full moon on Friday night, many of the boats returned the next day to compete in the first race for Twilight Series III. Comprising of 5 races fortnightly over October & November, the CSC Twilight Series is a good introduction into the world of yacht racing, as the white-sails only criteria for the keelboat classes make it beginner/novice friendly.

With it being a full moon, all 19 participants on the start line were faced with strong outgoing current and a gusty south south-westerly winds, proving to be quite a challenge to stay on the line and nailing a perfect start. Marut and Notus were the 2 most windward boats on the start line for the keelboats – scoring the best start for the fleet. However, their advantage was quickly squandered, as their main trimmers struggled to handle the gusts on their approach to Squance, losing valuable time recovering from their broaches. As the race developed, Simba established an insurmountable lead, taking line honours and a win on corrected time for the PY Class. Remington was a close 2nd on handicap, as the S&S 42 took full advantage of the wind angle to amass a good boat speed throughout the course. Olmeto completed the podium in 3rd, as she lapped up the beam reaches to finish together with the main fleet of PY Keelboats. However, all results for the Keelboat PY Class are provisional – pending a protest hearing decision to be made on 10th October 2020.

In the IRC Class, Kurt and Gill sailed a superb race to draw first blood, sailing Waka Tere to a well-deserved 1st place finish on corrected time. Waka Tere and Jong Dee were neck and neck throughout the race, with the latter crossing the line just seconds ahead – a margin to small to cause any trouble for the Nelson 30. Further dismay for Jong Dee when they returned to shore, as the crew of the J35 find out she lost by a mere second on corrected time to another J, the J24 Adona. Adona therefore takes 2nd place, with Jong Dee settling for 3rd.

A small fleet of 2 Corsairs and 1 Nacra 15 and 2 F16s made up the Multihull & Beach Catamaran fleets yesterday. The 2 Corsairs were none other than Jaza Too and Cicak, both sharing the same handicap going into the race. The latter sprinted to an early lead, but all hopes were dashed when she was eventually overtaken by Jaza Too on the return leg from Squance. Despite her best efforts, Cicak could not close the gap, handing Jaza Too the first win for the Series in the Multihull Class.

It was a similar story for Balqis II (Taipan F16) and Madfish II (Viper F16). The former scored a good start, leaving Madfish II to play catch up on the close reach towards squance. However, Balqis II‘s time in front was shortlived, with Madfish II eventually overtaking them to claim line honours and the win on corrected time. She established a sufficient lead to have a 2 minutes buffer on the Nacra 15, which was solo-sailed to 1st runner-up position by Uli Braun.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you all for participating in the first race of our Twilight Series III! We look forward to welcoming everyone back for the 2nd race of the Sunday Series III on 11th October.


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