The conditions were very difficult with only a 2 to 3 knot breeze from the South Easterly direction and a steadily increasing outgoing tide. This was a definite cocktail for frustration.
Sadly, none of the multihulls and the lone beach cat made the start, the outgoing tide got the better of them and all didn’t make it back after trying.
The keelboats weren’t spared the sluggish breeze and the outgoing also. Simba and Southern Light were both caught being a little early and were cruelly punished for their miscalculation. It took them a long while but their persistence saw both coming back to re-start. It was clearly a day for the small boats, with Monserrat scoring their first win ever in a Twilight Race! With a clean bottom and a recently serviced keel, the 22ft Catalina may be a boat to watch out for in subsequent races. Placing 2nd was another light and nippy boat, Brio. She sneaked in just 40 seconds ahead of 3rd placed Olmeto on corrected time.
Repeating another near perfect start, Adona crossed the start line first and held on for a good part of the leg towards Changi Buoy before being overtaken by Red Rum One as they headed towards the mark. Steve Manning & Team redeemed themselves after their poor performance in last week’s Sunday Series II Race, scoring an emphatic victory in the IRC Class. It was a Dutch affair in 2nd and 3rd, with Adona and Minx completing the podium in that order.
The conditions were difficult but it was good to see that all the teams took it in their stride. Certainly very encouraging to see new-ish entrants Monserrat (1st) and Windflirt (5th) doing well in their first race of this series. Congratulations and keep up the momentum!