2022 Twilight Series II Race 4 (Final)

With the weather in Singapore forecasted to be wet for the rest of September due to the prevailing southwest monsoon conditions persisting over the island and surrounding region, race organizers were hopeful for some byproducts of the resulting Sumatra Squalls – providing much needed wind on a becalmed Saturday afternoon.

Alas, it was not meant to be, as the 4 participating boats were once again tested in the light and patchy conditions. It looked at times excruciating, as boats inched across the course, the crew onboard scanning the horizons for the next puff /pressure. Miss Visayan, the only Multihull representative was the first to break away from the fleet of 4, capitalizing on a wind line which took her across the channel and closer to Pulau Ubin. She eventually cruised to an incredible 36 minute lead on the fleet. Simba from the PY A Class outclassed the remaining trio, delivering a strong performance to win the PY A Class with a clean sheet. She beats old pal and close rival Birregurra, who also deservingly claims 2nd place and overall 2nd in the Twilight Series II. Big thank you to both boats for taking part in all available races for this series.

In addition to the poor attendance from the fleet, being the only PY B boat on water for Race 4 meant that Marut could have retired after starting the race and still have won the Twilight Series II title – but where’s the Fun in that? The Jeanneau Fun proceeds to do the right thing and races anyway, giving the 2 PY A boats some much needed companionship on the slow and painful course.

The IRC and Beach Catamaran Classes were absent on the course – we hope to see more boats for the Sunday Series II Finals commencing at 2pm today. Congratulations to all winners and see you later on water!

Results

Race 4 Results

Twilight Series II Overall Results

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2022 Twilight Series II Race 3

Club Racing continues to be affected by international travel, as many of our regulars struggle to maintain a consistent schedule to commit to our weekly Sunday Series and Twilight Races. Nevertheless, the participation for yesterday’s Twilight Series II Race 3 seemed to have increased, totaling 10 boats on the start line. The light southerly breeze meant that sailors raced with the winds on their beam, kicking off with a slow westerly jaunt to Squance.

In the PY A Class, Simba took an early lead and consolidated her position in the subsequent legs to claim her 3rd win from 3 races. She goes into the final race next week as the confirmed winner of the Keelboat PY A Class. Boreas was a distant 2nd, as Matt Brooks returns from a long break to charter the Platu and contest for the remaining 2 races of the series. While Boreas is unlikely to usurp Birregurra in the overall Twilight Series II Results, she stands a good chance of claiming 3rd in the Class. Birregurra‘s consistent attendance has placed her comfortably in 2nd overall, despite finishing last for race 3.

After the match race last weekend during the Sunday Series II Race 3, Marut and Windflirt return to battle in the Keelboat PY B Class Twilight Race. The Jeanneau Fun’s decision to start on windward and sail through the moorings proved costly, as she succumbed to the patchy and unpredictable wind conditions closer to shore. She later found herself in a tango with a commercial vessel, costing her valuable time. The chasing Achilles 24 once again showed us that she can sail well even in the light breeze, capitalizing on her errors and keeping close to Marut throughout the course to finish well within her handicap allowance – scoring a deserved victory. With all boats only having taken part in 1 out of the 3 races completed thus far, any participating boat would automatically be in contention for the overall Twilight Series II PY B winner.

We see a similar situation in the IRC and Beach Catamaran Classes, as we approach the series final with no clear winner and all to play for on 17th September. As the IRC Boats have not been participating for the past 2 races, we hope to see their return on Saturday. In the Beach Catamaran Class, Doug Fimmell’s Madfish II bounced back from a poor start to take the lead in yesterday’s race, eventually claiming line honours and victory amongst her fellow vipers. An early retirement from Addiction bumped Babe up to 2nd place, a morale boosting result for her first race after the holidays.

Bula‘s perfect attendance and good performance translated into a clean sweep of  Race 1 to 3, securing her overall victory in the Twilight Series II no matter the result of the final race on Saturday. She leads a comfortable 5 points ahead of Miss Visayan, and Cicak completes the trio of Trimarans in 3rd for the Multihull Class overall standings.

Thank you all for participating – do join us for the Twilight Series II and Sunday Series II Finale next week (17-18 September). We are excited and keeping our fingers crossed for some good winds and clear skies to complete the Series on a high!

Race 3 Results

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2022 Twilight Series II Race 2

Thunderstorm Twilight!

Following earlier reports of thundery showers over the next 2 weeks, race organizers braced themselves for a wet and cold affair – and boy did it deliver. A massive westerly system covering most of the Western and Central part of Singapore crept towards Changi Sailing Club, providing a dramatic backdrop for the small group of 5 participating boats on water.

After the start, Multihulls Bula and Nacra F20 pulled away from the fleet, leaving the remaining 3 keelboats to struggle in the patchy conditions just west of the start line. Simba was the first to escape the doldrums, receiving the pressure first to establish an early lead which carried her through the storm and towards eventual victory in the PY A Class. The Dehler 37 overcame the poor visibility and tricky winds to maintain her lead over Birregurra, who despite struggling with the wind hole at the start, only lost by a narrow margin of 3 minutes. The only representative for the PY B Class was the elegant Shipman 28, Caprice One. Helmed by Berend Van Der Griten, she performed poorly at the start line, but bounced back to close the gap between her and her larger sisters in the PY A Class. In fact, she would have placed 2nd on corrected time if they had race in the same division.

Despite the small fleet, heavy rain and poor visibility, it was a characteristically exciting and challenging CSC Race, which sailors enjoyed thoroughly. I hear the IRC Fleet is trying to muster a strong return in attendance – we look forward to larger participation for the upcoming Sunday Series II, Race 3 on 4th September!

Results

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2022 Twilight Series I – Race 5

After many weeks of hot and humid weather, the recent episodes of thundery showers was a welcome relief from the sweltering heat. The hovering storm clouds also provides much needed wind from the preceding cold front – as witnessed during yesterday’s Twilight Series I Finale. Although we were missing a few of the regular teams, it was great to see 10 boats on the start line.

In the IRC Class, Minx and Jong Dee return to match-race on the course, with the latter looking to better their performance from last week (Race 4). The X342 secure the better start of the 2, resulting in the J35 having to play catch-up yet again. As the winds picked up from the north, Minx defended well against a determined Jong Dee on the return leg to Changi Buoy, eventually taking line honours just 32 seconds ahead and victory on corrected time. In the overall Twilight Standings, Minx claims the IRC Series Title, with Jong Dee just 2 points adrift. Despite her poor attendance, Red Rum One‘s performances in Races 1 & 3 were enough to score her a place on the podium, breaking a tie to claim 3rd overall.

We welcome back IMP to Club Racing, with skipper Esben Poulsson shaking off the rust during her pre-start routine. His lack of water-time was evident when he forgot that the race was white-sails only, as the team enthusiastically put up their asymmetrical spinnaker right after the start. Nevertheless, the mistake was quickly corrected and racing got underway. Simba emerged on top for the PY A Class, beating Balqis and IMP enroute to victory. The Dehler 39 had a comfortable lead of nearly 6 minutes over the J24, a sufficient margin score her first victory for the series. Balqis scored one better than last week’s performance, claiming 2nd place with just 2 onboard – well done! Despite her absence, Adona tops the Twilight Series I PY A class, discarding Race 5 to finish the series with 5 points. Simba‘s 2nd place finish was affirmed with yesterday’s victory, completing her campaign with 9 points. Similar to Red Rum One‘s situation, Shardana only sailed 2 races, but did well enough to top the rest of the fleet in 3rd place overall.

The most well attended fleet award should go to the Keelboat PY B Class! 10 boats in total throughout the series, with 5 participating in Race 5. Despite performing well single-handed, Marut declared her retirement for race 5 after the finish, citing not 1 but 2 rule infringements on the course. That gave opportunities for 2 new faces on the podium! In first place, Jen’s Jaunt was all smiles – as this was her first ever Twilight Race victory. She was followed by a newcomer to the scene, Caprice One. Skipper Berend attempted the race solo, sailing his Shipman 28 skillfully across the course to claim 2nd place on corrected time. The experienced Remington had seen better days, settling for 3rd in the race to conclude the Twilight Series in 2nd place overall. Preceding him was archrival Marut! Despite her retirement for race 5, the Jeanneau Fun had done enough to complete the series with 5 points, winning the Keelboat PY B division. In 3rd place overall was Toby Butterwick’s Sequin. Sequin‘s performance may not have been the best, but her stellar attendance consolidated her position on the podium.

Poor attendance all round meant that we only had 2 awards to give away for the Multihull Class. Congratulations to Miss Visayan and Stray Catz for winning the overall series for Multihull and Beach Catamarans respectively. Thank you for continuing to support our club races!

Congratulations to all winners, we look forward to the Sunday Series I finale later this afternoon.

Results

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2022 Twilight Series I – Race 4

After the adrenaline pumping weekend of windward-leeward short course racing, we returned to a calm and casual Saturday Twilight. Now into our penultimate race for the series, we witness the fleet leaders consolidating their positions, as participation numbers dwindled to the usual suspects, likely due to many members resuming their travel itineraries during this period. Sailors were treated to a light easterly breeze, with the current flowing in the opposite direction – resulting in a fast upwind to Changi and a slow downwind to Squance.

The IRC Class sees 2 boats of similar lengths dueling across the straits, as Minx and Jong Dee tussle for line honours and handicap victory. The X342 had the advantage from the start, crossing the start line with a substantial lead. However the J35 fought hard and creeped back in the subsequent legs to keep them in the running, eventually narrowing the lead to just under 2 minutes. The result placed Minx in pole position entering the Twilight Series I Finale on 11th June.

Marut continues to slay giants, putting on another display of good boat speed and thoughtful decisions on the course. She took both line honours and handicap victory comfortably in the PY B Class. Enroute to her win, she overtook bigger and faster boats – asserting her dominance in this series. Remington, a strong contender for all Club races, had to settle for 2nd in the race as well as for the Series. Bravo Zulu to Sequin, for persevering and completing the race in time to score a podium win! Her 3rd placing is also reflected in the overall series, no doubt a result of steady improvements and consistent attendance.

The faster PY boats was an encounter of 3 significantly different-sized boats. It was a battle between a J29, J24 and Dehler 39. Adona once again emerged on top, putting enough distance between her and Simba on the course to claim victory in the PY A Class. It was nice to see Balqis sailing with 2 new crew onboard, identified as Opti-dads from the CSC youth programme! In the overall Twilight Series I results, Adona‘s 3 bullets assures her win, but the positions are not confirmed for 2nd and 3rd. We look forward to seeing Shardana, Simba and Sapphire Star giving it their best shot for Race 5 to contest for the 2 remaining spots on the podium.

We look forward to everyone joining us for this coming weekend’s back to back Twilight Series I and Sunday Series I Race 5 /Finale. See you then!

Results

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