Twilight Series III 2023 (Race 4)

Even the rain made way for the race. What was initial thought to be a wet outing, turned out nice for the 14 boats that showed for the day. The twilight course may seem to be a boring circuit race but the strong tidal flows and the shifty winds can turn it into a very challenging sail.

At the sound of the horn, Scott in his Nacra 16, shot to the lead and led the fleet of beach cats and trimarans towards Changi Buoy. He kept the lead through out the race and left the entire fleet of boats in his wake. William, in Bubble Trouble, on the other hand had issues with his spinnaker trip line thus preventing it from being fully deployed.

Gary’s Miss Visayan, also held her lead throughout and finished 1 min 6 secs ahead of Michael Flecker in Bula. David Steel finished third in Dot Dot Dot and Eugene Wong coming in fourth in Sirius Swift.

After months of repairs and upgrades, Sapphire Star, helmed by Simon Connor, sailed a perfect course and led the fleet throughout the race. Minx, the lone entry in the IRC division, sailed well to break from the fleet and crossed the line behind Sapphire Star and taking 1st place for IRC.

In the PY division, there was an error with the handicap numbers – Sincere apologies to the boats affected. After corrected time, the finishing positions are as follows:

1st – Sapphire Star; 2nd – Remington; 3rd – Shardana; 4th – Balqis; 5th – Birregurra; 6th – Brio; 7th – Nevis

Thanks also to Ad and Luke who volunteered to be the camera crew for the day. Congratulations to all the winners, we’re on the final stretch! Join us on 9 and 10 Dec for the 2023 Twilight and Sunday Series Finale – we look forward to concluding the 2023 Club Racing Calendar with all of you.


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Twilight Series III Overall (5 Dec)

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2023 Twilight Leaderboard Standings

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Twilight Series III 2023 (Race 3)

The NE Monsoon has begun to tease us! We had refreshing wind conditions for the 3rd race of the Twilight Series III, all thanks the the prevailing NE breeze, taking sailors on a quick and easy jaunt between Changi and Squance. The fleet was represented by 7 Keelboats, 3 Multihulls and 1 Beach Catamaran, totaling 11 boats on the start line.

The fastest boat was also the only boat in her class, the Nacra 16 Square, skippered by Scott McCook. His solo attempt to complete 3 laps resulted in a blazing time of 1hr, 10 minutes and 45 seconds. His fastest lap was clocked in as 21 minutes and 42 seconds – 6 minutes faster than the quickest multihull!

Bula was a bullet on water today, as the potent pair of Michael Flecker and Tim Hill worked in symphony to triumph over fierce rivals Miss Visayan and Sirius Swift. The Corsair 880 despite missing out on podium looked smoother on the technical maneuvers, perhaps influenced by their consistent sailing over the past few months.

In the Keelboat IRC Class, it was also a solo effort and impressive result from Minx, who sailed well to keep up with bigger and faster boats with more bodies on board. These were boats in the PY Class, the largest fleet boasting 6 boats on the course. Sitting right on top was also another short-handed boat, Waka Tere. The familiar red and white hull is however no stranger to sailing short-handed, with Kurt and Gill making it look effortless sailing and extending their lead on the fleet with every leg. Taking 2nd place on corrected time, Nevis crossed the line at the back of the pack, but had done enough to stick close to the fleet and earn herself a place on the podium. Completing the trio of winners would be the beautiful Birregurra. Basil returns to racing also with minimal crew on board, making light work of the course and successfully fending off a strong effort from Shardana, Brio and Remington.

Congratulations to all the winners – we now look forward to the last Monthly Dinghy Race of 2023, taking place at 2pm this afternoon. Following that, we have our Members’ Night on 24 Nov, and Race 4 of our Sunday Series on 26 Nov. Thank you all for participating – see you soon!


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Twilight Series III 2023 (Race 2)

With just a week till the Ambassadors’ Cup, sailors squeeze in their final preparations, some making it for quick sail in the Twilight Series III, Race 2. Unsurprisingly, the afternoon started off with lackluster conditions, prompting the Race Committee to signal an AP flag, postponing racing for the fleet. Thankfully, a light southeasterly came through at 15 to 5, allowing for the fleet to race a shortened course to Squance and back.

In the IRC Class, we welcome the return of 2022 Ambassadors’ Cup runner-up Red Rum One, as she shook off the rust and sharpened her moves to ready herself as worthy contenders for this year’s edition. She did well to claim line honours, but lost out on corrected time to the mighty Minx. The X342 boasts a lean and experienced crew of 3, which no doubt resulted in a successful performance. Simba while left out of the podium, managed to get some good water-time after a long break – just in time for next week’s event.

The smallest boat packed the biggest punch, as Nevis sailed a fantastic race in the light air to clinch victory by a slim margin of 23 seconds in the PY Class. Making it two 2nd place finishes out of 2 races, Skybird looks to be a consistent and serious contender for the Twilight Series III. Waka Tere completes the podium in 3rd, failing to sufficiently stretch her lead on the short course.

Michael Flecker, skipper of Bula seems to have completely gotten the hang of sailing solo, as he dashed to a confident victory over the chasing fleet of Multihulls. She placed ahead of Miss Visayan in 2nd, who finished only 13 seconds ahead of Dot Dot Dot in 3rd. It was all very close, as Sirius Swift trailed both by just over a minute, missing out on podium.

After a DNF score in her last race, Bubble Trouble made sure to sail the proper course this round, completing the race in 1hr 40mins. We look forward to a quicker cat and more frequent racing from Will and Team!

Congratulations to all winners – we look forward to having all of you back on 4th November for the 22nd Ambassadors’ Cup!


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Twilight Series III 2023 (Race 1)

With the Ambassadors’ Cup just 3 weeks away, we now see a few more sailors coming out of the woodwork to get some sailing practice in. We also have the return of the usual suspects for each class, gathering a total of 13 boats on the start line for the first race of the Twilight Series III.

Both the IRC and Beach Catamaran Class were represented by 1 boat each – thank you Minx and new entrant Bubble Trouble for flying the flag high for their respective classes. Special mention to Bubble Trouble, skippered by Will Adeney – for being game and successfully completing the Twilight Course despite his limited racing experience. We hope to see him race more regularly in the coming weekends!

The Multihull Class was represented by an eclectic mix of colours on the course, flown by Miss Visayan, Bula and Sirius Swift. The trio sailed the course well, separated by only 11 minutes across 3 boats. The team on Sirius Swift seem to be gradually getting better, but struggled to pop their top 3 mainsail battens for one of the legs – losing crucial time to the 2 leading boats. Miss Visayan claimed victory just 2 minutes ahead of Bula – taking the first win for this Series.

8 boats raced in the PY Keelboat Class, without doubt the largest fleet on the course. Encouraging to see Sequin and Skybird back racing, refreshing additions to a already vibrant class. Racing was also very competitive, with the 4th-6th place finishers separated by mere seconds. In 3rd place, Nevis just missed out on 2nd, as Skybird swept in to place as first runner-up just 12 seconds ahead of the Catalina Sport on corrected time. At the top, Waka Tere looked comfortably in the lead for most of the course, scoring the first bullet for the Series barely breaking a sweat.

Congratulations to all winners – see you next week for the Sunday Series III, Race 2. We also have a Racing Rules Clinic coming up on 28th October (1pm-3pm), conducted by International Jury, Mr Selvam Mookken. We look forward to having all of you join us for these weekend events.


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