CSC Twilight Series I 2024 (Race 2)

The Twilight Series continues to enjoy exceptional weather, as the 18 boats participating yesterday breezed through the course in a comfortable 8-10 knots of wind from the North East. Amidst the rain on Friday and now becalmed conditions today, Saturday’s sunshine and fresh breeze was a window of opportunity enjoyed by all.

Some may have gotten carried away with the wind – and who can blame them? Bubble Trouble was the only beach catamaran participating, and she thoroughly relished the sail along the east johor straits – so much so that she passed CSC 1 on the wrong side, earning her skipper and crew a down-down for the mistake. Nevertheless, CSC gave her the win, and a gentle reminder to sail the correct course.

There was an impressive 6 boats on the start line for the Multihull class. We welcome the return of Dot Dot Dot and Gogga, with the latter notably racing as the smallest multihull in the fleet. Miss Visayan, Dot Dot Dot and Gogga were slightly overzealous on the start line, earning a dip below the line to exonerate themselves. It was an incredible game of pursuit, as Miss Visayan and Dot Dot Dot tore through the fleet to contend with Bula and Sirius Swift for a place on the podium. Unfortunately for Bula, a ripped spinnaker dropped her to 3rd overall, as Miss Visayan and Dot Dot Dot cemented their positions in 1st and 2nd respectively.

In the PY Class, Sapphire Star bounced back from a heart-wrenching 3-second loss on corrected time from the first race of the series, to claim a convincing victory in Race 2. Skipper Simon Connor was all smiles, as she subdued the likes of Birregurra and Waka Tere, strong contenders who scored 2nd and 3rd respectively – with only 7 seconds separating them. Remington was left lamenting what could have been, if they had executed a perfectly timed start. The S & S 42 lost precious time exonerating herself after a premature start, and eventually clawed her way back to a 4th place finish.

The IRC Class was represented by Red Rum One, Jong Dee, Minx and Simba. The largest in the fleet was also the fastest, as the Archambault 40 scored a comfortable line honours, but not unusually, succumbed to corrected time and settling for 2nd overall. She was bested by the J35, Jong Dee. With Paul away, their young crew Josei took up the challenge of helming the vessel to victory. He met the objective, as she sailed well and looked in complete control throughout the race. The battle for 3rd was between Simba and Minx, but the breezy conditions took a physical toll on the latter’s solo efforts, allowing Simba to solidify her position in 3rd.

Congratulations to all the winners – we look forward to having all of you back for Race 3 of the Sunday Series on 21st April.

Results

Race 2_Twilight Series I 2024 Results

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Twilight Series III 2023 (Finale)

On 9th December, CSC concluded the Twilight Series 2023 with the 15th and final race, in fresh N-NE monsoon conditions. A total of 12 boats were in attendance, of which most were in serious contention for the Series III and overall 2023 standings.

In the IRC Class, the Mighty Minx scored a convincing victory in all available events – winning Race 5, topping the table in Series III and emerging triumphant across all 15 races in the year to claim the Twilight Challenge Trophy for 2023. She fended off strong performances from Red Rum One and Jong Dee, but sprinted off with the 2023 title due to her spotless attendance record for Series III.

Boasting a total of 18 boats participating, the PY Class is the largest division to be contested for the Twilight Series. From nippy 23ft sports boats to elegant classic yachts, the Class is well represented by a variety of boat designs. 7 boats graced the start line for Race 5, and the usual suspects made up the majority of the fleet. Waka Tere returns after a weeks break, demolishing the course in clinical fashion to claim her 3rd bullet for Series III – sealing her win in the PY Class with 6 points. Race 5 was arguably Shardana’s best performance for this series – and it was reflected in her score, positioning her 2nd on corrected time. The result secured the Dufour 34’s place on the podium for Series III, edging ahead of Remington by 1 point to claim 3rd in the Series. Despite finishing 5th for Race 5, Nevis had done enough to claim 2nd for Series III, amassing a total of 11 points from 4 races. In the overall Twilight Series Leaderboard, consistency is the name of the game. All 3 boats on the podium had near-unblemished participation record for the year, and Remington prevailed with an impressive 35 points from15 races (after 3 discards). The Sparks & Stevens 42 was crowned the 2023 PY Twilight Champion, placing ahead of her small and fiery competitors Nevis (40 points) and Brio (53 points).

It has been great witnessing new entrants in the Multihull Class, namely Dot Dot Dot, Sirius Swift and Ragnarok. Joined by old hands Bula and Miss Visayan, the fleet is healthy and consistently participating in the weekend events – kudos to the Skippers! The fight for top spot came down to Race 5, and Bula’s father-daughter combo proved effective in fending off advances from the crew aboard Miss Visayan, claiming victory to secure Series III 1 point ahead of her archrival. However her victory was not enough to unseat Miss V in the overall standings, as she completes the year with 18 points – 2 points ahead of Bula to earn the 2023 Multihull Twilight Challenge Trophy. We also acknowledge healthy participation and consistent performance from Sirius Swift, who despite missing out on the final race of the season, managed to secure 3rd overall for 2023.

The Beach Catamaran Class was represented by Will Adeney’s Bubble Trouble. Having participated in at 4 out of the available 5 races, she takes Series III comfortably. Poor attendance across the year meant that the Beach Catamaran Twilight Challenge Trophy will not be awarded for 2023 – We do hope to see the return of the fleet in 2024.

A big thank you to all 34 boats which participated this year – we look forward to your continued support next season. See you this afternoon for the Sunday Series III and 2023  Finale!

Results

Race 5_Twilight Series III 2023 Results

Twilight Series III Results

Series Results_Twilight Series III 2023_Final

2023 Twilight Leaderboard Standings

2023 Twilight Series Leaderboard_Final

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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.

Results

Race 4_Twilight Series III 2023 Results

Twilight Series III Overall (5 Dec)

Series Results_Twilight Series III 2023_5Dec

2023 Twilight Leaderboard Standings

2023 Twilight Series Leaderboard_5Dec

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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!

Results

Race 3_Twilight Series III 2023 Results

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