2022 Twilight Series I – Race 3

Amidst dark skies and scattered lightning, the Twilight Series I – Race 3 kicked off to  a windy start, totaling 15 boats on the start line. The storm clouds provided a dramatic backdrop, as participating boats began to heel in tandem, overpowered by the strong East-Southeasterly breeze.

Red Rum One recovered from an unimpressive Sunday Series race last week, starting well and leading the IRC fleet from start to finish. She sailed to her handicap, gradually increasing her lead over her competition to claim victory 31 seconds ahead of the chasing Jong Dee. With skipper Paul still recovering from COVID, First mate Basil stepped up and helmed the boat superbly to lead the team to a 2nd place finish, a comfortable 1 min 22 secs ahead of the J35’s little sister, Jellico. The J24 sailed 2-up and adapted well to handle the 7-9 knots winds – holding her own amongst the bigger boats in the fleet.

In the PY A Class, it was a match race between another J and a Dehler 39, as Adona and Simba crossed swords on the course while starting together with the IRC Fleet. Though 10 feet shorter, the J29 had a competent sail, outpacing the Dehler for most parts of the race. She took first place comfortably, and will look forward to continuing her good form when she switches back to IRC racing next weekend.

With 7 boats on the start line, the PY B Fleet continues to be the most well attended, and also with the most short-handed crew too! In fact, all 3 boats which took podium were sailing 2-up, what a feat! In top spot, Marut had a Fun-tastic day – beating longer and faster boats while sailing short-handed. The Jeanneau Fun sailed well to keep on top of Remington throughout the race, all the way to the finish line. The husband and wife duo onboard Olmeto was the best of the rest, as the Beneteau Oceanis 320 completed the podium in 3rd. Special commendations to the rest of the fleet – from Windflirt all the way to Sequin, your determination and perseverance was inspiring! It certainly helped that the breeze was good for most of the evening, as the strong incoming tide made it harder for cruising boats to make progress on the return leg to finish.

The Multihull and Beach Catamaran Classes had a total of 5 hulls on water – congratulations to the only participants, Miss V and Balqis II for being a good sport and representing your respective classes.

Thank you all for joining us, and Bravo Zulu to the winners. We look forward to next week’s Sunday Series I – Race 4 on 22nd May.


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2022 Twilight Series I – Race 2

A mid-afternoon thunderstorm over the north-western parts of Singapore threatened to derails plans for the Twilight Series I, Race 2. An atypical north-east breeze continued to hold back the the northwesterly system all the way till 1530hrs, before it swung to the west and stabilized into an upwind beat to squance for the first leg. With travel back on the cards, we miss many of the regulars, but still enjoy a healthy fleet of 14 boats across all classes.

In the IRC Class, absence from boats such as Born in Fire, Simba, Jong Dee and Red Rum One meant that the race settled into a two-way tango between Waka-Tere and Minx. With only 2 persons onboard, Minx recovered from a suppressed start to eventually claim both line honours and victory on corrected time.

The PY A and PY B Classes were the most well attended, with 4 boats representing the A Class and 5 boats representing the B Class. Adona was head and shoulders above the remaining 3 boats in the fleet, comfortably winning the PY A Class both on line honours and on corrected time. The J29 stayed well ahead of Sapphire Star in 2nd and Shardana in 3rd. Simon Connor sailed Sapphire Star well, putting on a gutsy close-quarters display for the final stretch to the finish line.

In the PY B Class, Remington returned from a long break, looking like she never left. The S&S 42 sailed superbly in the prevailing conditions, keeping up with the PY A fleet throughout the race. She eventually crossed the line first and claimed victory on handicap as well. It was a battle of the 2-up boats for positions 2nd & 3rd, as Marut did just enough to maintain a 30 second lead over 3rd placed Bolina after corrected time. It was Pedro’s first foray into Twilight sailing with his Maxi 77 – a great effort and result by the Portuguese Skipper!

The Multihulls doubled their numbers, as Miss Visayan welcomed a playmate on water in the form of Bula – skippered by Michael Flecker. With the help of experienced Trimaran Sailor Tim Hill, Bula sailed well and kept up with Miss V, but could not keep up with the latter’s superior boat speed. That coupled with the strengthening outgoing tide resulted in the strategic decision for Bula‘s skipper and crew to focus their energy on returning to the bar for cold beers. Tim Ghinn on Stray Catz was the only Cat in her Category, continuing to build his skills and confidence sailing single-handed on a taipan F16 with only his mainsail.

Congratulations to all the winners, we look forward to everyone joining us for the following upcoming events:

  1. Race/Cruise to Lazarus Island (30 Apr – 2 May)
  2. Sunday Series I – Race 3 (8 May)
  3. Twilight Series I – Race 3 (14 May)
  4. Ketam Coastal Clean-up (15 May)


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2022 Twilight Series I – Race 1

With the recent announcements regarding further relaxation of Safe Management Measures from 29th March – we could feel the anticipation and excitement from sailors participating in yesterday’s Twilight Series I, Race 1. They were treated to a cool and cloudy day of sailing, a rare occurrence amidst the hot and humid weather we are all familiar with. The cool weather was also an eerie omen for things to come – as a lightning displayed followed by a thundery shower greeted the last boat crossing the finishing line, signaling the end of the event.

Jong Dee claimed the first Twilight win for the season, triumphant in the fleet of 5 IRC boats. Although she trailed behind Red Rum One and crossed the line second, the time difference after handicap correction placed the J35 at the top with a comfortable lead of over 3 minutes on Minx. The X342 was recently re-weighed and measured, in a bid to achieve a more current endorsed IRC Rating for the new season. She sailed well in the light airs, and had a few exciting encounters with boats of similar performance – Waka Tere & Adona. The Nelson 10 completes the podium in 3rd, and the new addition (Adona) to the fleet had to race in the Keelboat PY A class, while waiting to receive his IRC Certificate.

In the Keelboat PY A Class, new entrant Adona joins a very competitive group of yachts – and being the smallest of the 4 boats participating, it can be intimidating for first-time racers. However, skipper Ad Smit is no stranger to pressure and competitive racing, having sailed his previous boat (a J24, also named Adona) to victory at the 2021 Commodore’s Cup. She completed her first race in 2nd place trailing winner Shardana by just under a minute. Looking at ease on Sapphire Star was Simon Connor – as he shows us how to race a 34 ft Olson to a podium finish, single-handed.

We welcome back Brio to the racing scene this year, as they commence the season with Paralympian Jovin Tan on the helm. The sonar was looking a little weathered, and we wonder if a good scrub of her bottom would have made any difference to the results. Despite it not being her best performance, she score a 2nd place finish on her return to racing, bringing smiles to all onboard. The crew onboard Marut looked like they were having fun, as they led the race from start to finish, outpacing Brio on most tacks. Olmeto rounded up the winners in 3rd, completing the course just 10 minutes behind.

In the Beach Catamaran and Multihull Class, we yet again miss the majority of the fleet, as Miss Visayan continues to represent the Multihulls, and Red Riot emerging the best of 2 in the Beach Catamaran Class. Great to see Tim Ghinn sailing solo on his Taipan F16 (Stray Catz), completing the race a respectable 11 minutes behind Red Riot.

Congratulations to all the winners – see you next week for Sunday Series I, Race 2.


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Twilight Series III – Race 5 (2-up Racing)

Just as we received good news of the relaxation of Safe Management Measures from November 22, the final instalments of the 2-up racing culminates this weekend, a back-to-back Twilight & Sunday Series itinerary to end a rollercoaster club racing season. The weather did not cooperate, as sailors participated in a drift-a-thon to squance and back. The initial light westerly breeze after the start gave a glimmer of hope, but quickly fizzled out and settled into the familiar doldrums.

The IRC Class was the only category which managed to have more than 1 finisher, a sad reminder of the challenging conditions participants were up against for the evening. Leading the pack was the very light and nimble Jellico, helmed by Cedric Declercq. The J24 excelled in the light air, managing to stay ahead of favourites Waka Tere for most of the return leg – earning a well deserved line honours and victory on corrected time. Minx was not a distant 3rd, putting in their best efforts to keep up with the competition.

The remaining classes all had only 1 finisher each, as the rest of the fleet struggled to (unsuccessfully) complete the race.

Birregurra flaunted their striking new black sails, freshly delivered earlier this week. The Hanse 415 sailed superbly in whatever little puff there was, out-maneuvering her smaller and lighter counterparts to end up as the only PY boat to finish the course within the allotted time. Exciting to see the return of the sports boats (Petit Bateau & Jonty J), helmed by Alisdair Ferris & Tim Hartnoll respectively. Perhaps overzealous and/or rusty from the long hiatus, both boats started with the IRC fleet and failed to return to make the PY start. We certainly hope to see them more regularly in 2022!

An uncommon occurrence took place in the Multihull Class, as both owners of Kaze decided to race together on the same boat. It yielded excellent results, with Kaze being the quickest boat to complete the course. Cicak suffered a pre-start scare, as she scrambled to make the start sequence and in the process nearly nicked the Jetty. She managed a Grace-ful recovery, but eventually retired after struggling to make any progress in the still conditions.

A single Babe represented the Beach Catamaran Class, as the other catamaran owners made the (possibly sensible) decision to skip the Sad-turday Twilight. Great effort from Matt & Kellie, as their consistent attendance and never-say-die attitude resulted in a Twilight Series III win!

Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, we are just glad to have yet another opportunity to be sailing over the weekend! Congratulations to all the finishers/winners.

Please take note that because of ongoing Safe Management Measures implemented since September 2021, we will not be awarding Series result winners for all classes except for the Beach Catamaran Class (which is not affected by the restrictions).


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