NYE Twilight Race 2022

2022 had been a great year for sailing at CSC: total 57 sailing events, 6 events from the annual NE Monsoon Sailing Festival, 54 Ambassadors Cup Participants and the overall revival of sailing post-pandemic.

We kick-off the NYE Countdown Party Celebrations with a Twilight Race, a tradition we’ve started a few years back. The race was held in a fresh NNE Breeze, taking sailors on a quick 2 laps between Squance and Changi Buoy. Great to see many families racing together – in true spirit of new year’s eve celebrations. While it did not rain, some keen-eyed sailors noticed that the skipper of Jellico was drenched before the start – wonder what happened.

In the IRC Class, it was a 3-way contest between Adona, Waka Tere and Jellico. Waka Tere and Adona kept it close throughout the course, keeping the observing spectators on their toes. Waka Tere eventually pulled away to establish a substantial lead, winning by a comfortable 4 minute margin. The PY class was also an intimate affair, with 4 boats participating. Despite the small numbers, the racing was also very intense, with Olmeto being the surprise team! She sailed fast in the off-wind conditions, not allowing Sapphire Star to extend their lead and Jock to close the gap. Their hard work bore fruit, earning Olmeto and her crew a confident victory 7 minutes ahead of Sapphire Star after corrected time! Jock completed the podium in 3rd. Kudos to Marut for surviving the heavy breeze while sailing solo – nice work(out) !

Thank you all for joining us in the beautiful NE Monsoon, ending 2022 with one of our iconic Club Races. Please standby for the NYE Countdown Party Report!

Results

NYE Twilight Result 2022

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2022 Twilight Series III Race 5 (Finale)

The final Twilight Series Race for 2022 was unsurprisingly well attended, with a total of 15 boats participating. However, the weather was not fully cooperative, as the race organizers and sailors were left waiting for over half an hour – hoping for the breeze to strengthen to an acceptable strength for racing. It was not for nothing, as a consistent westerly wind greeted sailors at about 1630hrs, prompting the Race Committee to start the race at 1640 (Multihulls & Beach Cats) and 1645 (Keelboats) respectively.

In the Multihull Class, we warmly welcome race virgins Eugene & David, racing on Sirius Swift! The unmistakable orange decals make her an easy spot on the course – the Corsair 880 is a refreshing sight and the newest addition to the Multihull fleet in Singapore. Eager to learn and under the watchful guidance of veteran sailor Scott McCook, the pair sailed and successfully completed the course at a comfortable pace. Congratulations to the team on Bula – ardent supporters of our Club Series and one of the most consistent performers for 2022. Although Bula did not sail enough races to earn the Series III title, her win in the finale did confirm a commendable 1st runner up position in the overall leaderboard for the year, only just missing out on the 2022 Twilight Challenge Trophy by 2 points to winners, Miss Visayan.

The Nacra F20 and Babe sailed in the final race for the beach catamaran class, interestingly also the only race in Series III where the beach catamarans were represented. Congratulations to John Simpson of Nacra F20 for finishing on top! The fleet was sadly under-represented in the series and for the year, resulting in no prizes awarded for 2022. We understand with COVID opening up and conflicting travel schedules the community struggles to come together consistently to race, thus resulting in the poor attendance. Nevertheless, we acknowledge the 7 boats which attended at some point within the year: Stray Catz, Balqis II, Red Riot, Babe, Nacra F20, Addiction and Madfish II. We look forward to better participation in 2023.

A DNC in Race 1 for Series III did not faze Marut, as the Jeanneau Fun brushed off the initial handicap to score 3 bullets and a 2nd place finish to claim the Twilight Series III overall win in the Keelboat PY B Class. As wind conditions did not go above 8 knots, a solo sail in the last race was sufficient to defend against strong competition from Nevis and Olmeto – both tied on 9 points in 2nd place for the overall Series! Olmeto broke the tie with her bullet in Race 1, effectively claiming 1st runner up and Nevis completing the podium in 3rd. Having sailed 11 of the 14 races available (and performing well!), the 2022 Twilight Challenge Trophy for Keelboat PY B was undeniably awarded to Marut.

In the Keelboat PY A Class, it was a similar outcome for Simba. The Dehler 39 sailed 11 of the 14 races available in the year, of which he won 7! He ended the year with a victory for the last race of Series III, up against close rivals Birregurra, Shardana, Southern Light and Invictus. Although Simba won the Twilight Challenge Trophy for Keelboat PY A Class,  she shares the spoils with Birregurra – the Hanse 415’s consistency for Series III awarded her with 10 points and first place for the Twilight Series III, 1 point ahead of Southern Light and 2 points ahead of Simba. Kudos to Southern Light – scoring a near-perfect start and finishing a commendable 2nd for the final race of the year was a great way to their Series III campaign.

The battle for the overall 2022 Twilight Series IRC Challenge Trophy was a little more closely contested, between 2 very talented short-handed boats. Waka Tere ended the Series and year with a hard-fought victory in the final race. Bravo Zulu to Minx‘s valiant attempts which kept the crew of the Nelson 10 on their toes. The best performing and most consistent attendee placed first and second in the overall leaderboard, separated by a mere 4 points after 14 races. Congratulations to both boats for earning the top 2 spots for Series III – we are positive that with the return of participants from Raja Muda and holiday travels, the IRC Class will return as a full fleet when we resume SailFest festivities in 2023.

Congratulations to all the winners – see you all this afternoon for the Sunday Series Finale!

Results

Race 5_Twilight Series III 2022 Results

Series III Results

Series Results_Twilight Series III 2022_Final

2022 Twilight Leaderboard

2022 Twilight Series Leaderboard_Final

 

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2022 Twilight Series III Race 4

After the glorious conditions last Sunday, it was somewhat disappointing in the 30 min prelude to the start of Twilight Series III Race 4 – overcast skies and rain in the horizon left some sailors wondering if their foul weather gear would be needed. The weather developed positively, with sufficient easterly winds to carry the fleet effectively against the tide in first leg towards Squance.

Scoring the best start of the fleet was the mighty Marut! She performed a dip-start, securing good boat speed and a much needed early advantage over her larger competitors. She stuck with the big boys for the whole course – eventually placing a comfortable 1st in the PY B class, well ahead of Nevis and Olmeto in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Birregurra returned to the club racing scene with a hard-earned victory! She fended off a late push from Southern Light on the final leg to finish, putting enough distance between her and the Moody to notch a bullet. Although first across the line, Invictus failed where Birregurra did not – her 2 minute lead over the fleet was only good enough for a 3rd placing on corrected time.

In the IRC Class, it was a 3-way battle of the 10m boats! Jong Dee struggled to recover from a late start, an up-current task to close the gap with the leaders. Between the Nelson 10 and the X342, there was only a total of 3 sailors! Kurt, Gill and Lucas made short-handed sailing look like a breeze, as Waka Tere and Minx navigated the course without a hitch. The former emerged on top, placing 2 minutes ahead of Minx after handicap correction.

Congratulations to all winners – the stage is now set for the grand finale next weekend! See you on 3 & 4 December as we conclude the Twilight and Sunday Series for 2022.

Results

Race 4_Twilight Series III 2022 Results

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2022 Twilight Series III – Race 3

Gloomy skies, a light drizzle, a strong outgoing tide and a weak Southwesterly welcomed the six sailors at the start of the twilight race.

Marut who was doing her best to stay close to the start line was 5 seconds too early and was caught on the course side. The light breeze that was present at the start line was enough for the fleet to inch slowly towards Squance.

With a little more wind coming in at Squance, Waka Tere kept her lead and rounded ahead of Minx who was following closely behind her. However, Minx sailed well and managed to past Waka Tere and crossed the finish line to take 1st place in the IRC class.

Unfortunate for Southern Light she found herself sailing alone in the Club Racer A division. Come on guys let get out and keep James company, hope to see more boats on water.

Marut had a good run and managed to stay ahead in the Club Racer B division. Unfortunately, his 12 seconds lead at the finish wasn’t enough to claim his position after corrected time. Brio sailed well to close the gap and took 1st place after corrected time. Due to the poor wind conditions had forced Nevis to retired from the race.

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2022 Twilight Series III – Race 2

An afternoon of thundery showers certainly thinned down the number of boats on the start line for the Twilight Series III – Race 2. Faced with flat water and near-zero wind conditions, the Race Committee decided to put the AP Flag right before the scheduled first warning signal. It was however only for a fleeting moment, as race officers spotted cloud movement above, signaling a new system building in the North. The AP flag was subsequently lowered, and all 9 keelboats commenced their pre-start routine.

Marut secured the best start, making the most of her early advantage to stay ahead of bigger and faster boats for the first leg of the course. She sailed well to eventual score her first bullet for the series in the Keelboat PY B Class. Coincidentally, her star Italian crew has returned after an extended break – no doubt a significant morale boost for the boat! Olmeto was a deserving 2nd, just over 2 minutes adrift on corrected time. Special commendation to 3rd placed Nevis – the Catalina 22 sport could not repeat her stellar performance from Race 1, but persevered to complete the race within the time limit.

In the PY A Class, Shardana and Simba crossed swords on the course, with the latter denying the Dufour 34 of another victory, opening her account for the Series. Despite placing 3rd, Birregurra‘s consistent attendance for all the races place her in a favourable position in the overall standings.

With the absence of many regular skippers, the IRC Class also totaled 3, and we witness a strong performance from the duo onboard Waka Tere. The Nelson 10 excelled in yesterday’s conditions, ensuring Red Rum One was within the sights throughout the course. She stayed close, and eventually scored her first bullet for the series 3 minutes ahead of the Archambault 40 after handicap correction. Though she just missed out on podium, Minx had a good day out on water – practicing for the upcoming Ambassadors’ Cup on 5th November.

Congratulations to all the winners and Happy Deepavali everyone!

Results

Race 2_Twilight Series III 2022 Results

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