Twilight Series III – Race 2 (2-up Racing)

After a successful 2-up Sunday Series Race on 3rd October, we were glad to see more boats participating in this weekend’s 2-up Twilight Race. With the Twilight Course only extending as far as Squance and Changi Buoy, it is a great race for beginners who are learning how to race. However, the day’s conditions were less than ideal. Patchy and shifty southerly winds accompanied by strong currents made it a challenging passage for some of the less experienced sailors.

In IRC Class, 4 teams participated, with Waka Tere and Born in Fire making it a very close 1-2. The latter had emerged triumphant during last week’s Sunday Series Race, but struggled in today’s conditions and did not manage to create enough distance between her and Waka Tere to eventually settle for 2nd by a mere 32 seconds on corrected time. Jong Dee claimed the 3rd spot comfortably, placing 5 minutes ahead of Minx and a close runner-up to the lead boats across the line.

Leading the PY Keelboats was the graceful Remington, which took full advantage of the off-wind conditions to stay well ahead of the rest of the fleet. Her closest rival was Balqis, who eventually faltered at the final 2 legs to place 3rd on corrected time. The J24 failed to crack the puzzle that was the wind, as she struggled to make sense of the scattered wind holes across the course. Southern Light faired slightly better, completing the race just 34 seconds ahead of Balqis. Kudos to Jen’s Jaunt, for doing well to complete the course in good time! A yacht that usually struggles to complete the course, Jen’s Jaunt performed skillfully to take 4th place, her best showing thus far.

A trio of Trimarans represented the Multihulls. Warm welcome to First Tri, whose first try at sailing the Twilight Race was not bad! Despite giving up eventually, the bright yellow weta kept close to the fleet for most of the race, a good sign that she is sailing well to her handicap. The fight for top position was between Miss Visayan and Phoenix. The former surged forward in the final leg to claim line honours. A gap of 1 minute & 16 seconds was enough for her to seal victory over the M23 on corrected time.

After a long hiatus, it was great to see the return of Damien Geoffray and Kaze. She faced stiff competition from Stray Catz, skippered by Nigel Signal and her new owner, Tim Ghinn. What better way to introduce him to club racing than with a win? The Taipan F16 took victory approx 50 seconds ahead of the Nacra 20 after corrected time. Despite Tim’s relative inexperience in racing, we are sure his enthusiasm together with Nigel’s expert tutelage will help him successfully continue the decorated legacy of Stray Catz in our Club Racing scene.

Congratulations to all the winners, we continue with more 2-up racing on 17th October. See you then!


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Twilight Series III – Race 1

Just as we were getting into the groove of regular weekly club racing, the government announces new safe management measures reducing number of persons allowed to go sailing from 5 to 2, effectively suspending our Sunday Series III and Twilight Series III from 27 September to 24 October. Yesterday’s Twilight Series III – Race 1 saw a modest total of 11 Keelboats, 3 Multihulls and 2 Beach Catamarans participating. With storm clouds circling the sailing area and multiple wind holes littered across the channel, it certainly looked like a tricky course to navigate.

In the IRC Class, Waka Tere opened their Series account with a hard-earned victory, fending off a solid performance from Jellico throughout the passage. Jellico made good inroads on the final upwind leg to eventually reduce the winning margin to a narrow 43 seconds on corrected time. Completing the podium in 3rd was an unlikely trio on Skybird. Against a fleet of experienced IRC competitors, Edwin Low and his motley crew of cruising sailors sailed the Dehler 34 exceedingly well to secure the 2nd runner up position ahead of Minx and Simba in 4th & 5th respectively.

Despite starting behind the fleet due to a premature start, Shardana sailed a good race to catch up and overtake everyone and eventually claim line honours. However, she could not put enough distance between her and the chasing pack, spurred on by a strengthening breeze towards the end of the race. This resulted in the Dufour 34 placing 6th on corrected time – edged out by the rest of the fleet which took full advantage of the stronger winds to close the gap. Coming out on top was the little Catalina, Montserrat. We understand that she had just been put up for sale – if anyone is looking to purchase a cute and easy handling keelboat, please visit our notice board for more details. Remington placed 2nd, escaping an initial scare due to an entanglement at her mooring to claim a place on the podium. Olmeto outperformed the rest of the fleet to complete the podium in 3rd.

A trio of trimarans and a pair of catamarans represented the multihull/beach catamaran fleet. It was exciting to see Bula attempting (and winning) her first race under the careful tutelage of Scott McCook. Congratulations! – we hope that Bula has gained enough confidence to race with us on a more regular basis. Also great to see the return of Buay Kaola, sailed by John Tay with a star-studded crew which included veterans Alice & Campbell. Despite some halyard issues on the course, the Corsair 970 managed to hold on to her lead over Phoenix, taking 2nd place across the line and after handicap correction. Balqis II was the run-away winner for the Beach Catamaran Class! Special mention to Babe for her valiant effort and never-give-up attitude – exhausting the time-limit in her attempt to complete the race.

Congratulations to all the winners! Despite the tightened measures, please look forward to some adjusted 2-up racing over the next few weeks. Further updates will be sent out during the week.


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Twilight Series II – Race 5

We kicked off the finals weekend with the Twilight Series II, Race 5. With similar conditions to last week’s race, sailors were once again treated to near-perfect weather on the start line, clear skies with a steady south-easterly breeze. The keelboats enter this weekend with close competition for the podium positions in both IRC and PY, and they certainly delivered a splash of action on the course to secure their best performance and hopefully their preferred position in the overall standings.

In the IRC Class, Red Rum One was the runaway winner, placing first in the final race to finish this series with a lean 5 points from 4 races. Trailing in a distant 2nd, Kurt Metzger’s Waka Tere did commendably, despite sailing solo for half of the series. She placed 2nd in the final race to secure 2nd overall on 15 points, just one point ahead of Minx. The X342 completed the podium in 3rd, edging out close rivals Simba, Adona and Skybird to take 3rd in the Series as well. It is encouraging to see such close racing in the IRC Class, and definitely exciting to see the class grow in both size and ability.

Consistency was key to Shardana‘s victory in the PY Class. despite an average showing throughout the series, her attendance for all races coupled with her best placing today (2nd) resulted in her victory in the Twilight Series II. Completing the Series with 18 points, it was a win of the slimmest of margins, just 1 point ahead of Southern Light with 19 points. Remington’s win in Race 5 secured her place on the overall podium, pushing down an unfortunate Sangaree into 4th as she struggled to hold her lead after a poor showing in the final race. Special mention goes to the boats in 5th to 7th tied on 27 points. Montserrat, Birregurra and Boreas all had moments of brilliance throughout the series, and definitely should not be ruled out when we resume racing in Series III!

No-show from the Beach Cats and Multihulls today meant that Stray Catz is the default winner for Twilight Series II, just because of her diligent attendance, rain or shine. We await the return of the multihull sailors in Series III.

Congratulations to all the winners – see you tomorrow for the 5th and final race of the Sunday Series II!


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Twilight Series II – Race 4

Having experienced 2 weekends of cold & wet weather, yesterday’s clear skies and 7-8knot winds was certainly most welcome by all who were participating in the 4th race of the Twilight Series II. Some sailors were a little overexcited, losing footwear, winch handle and crew …. all of which happened in a span of 2 hours. Apart from going overboard with the drama (and a few broaches), the race went on smoothly without a hitch, with participants managing to complete the full course within the time limit.

In the IRC Class, Red Rum One had a stellar performance, taking maximum advantage of the offshore breeze to extend her lead on the fleet from start to finish. She finished comfortably with line honours – 1 minute 26 seconds ahead of close rivals Waka Tere after corrected time. Avoiding a near collision in the vicinity of Changi Buoy, coupled with a struggling broach (and lost footwear), Skybird sailed commendably to claw her way back – eventually completing the podium in 3rd by a whisker, just 16 seconds ahead of Minx on handicap. Red Rum One now leads the fleet with a total of 4 points from 3 races, putting her in a comfortable position to win the series. On 5th September, the battle for 2nd and 3rd will focus on the 5 boats trailing from 2nd to 6th, all tied on 13 or 14 points.

The stronger and gustier wind conditions was clearly an advantage for the larger keelboats, as the top 5 in the PY Class were occupied by yachts above 30ft. Engaged in a short tacking duel on the final stretch to the finish line, Sangaree inched ahead of Birregurra to claim line honours and 5th on corrected time. Birregurra on the other hand, sailed well enough to earn 2nd, just 1 min 28 seconds behind winners Remington. This came as no surprise as the S&S 42 is known to perform well in off-the-wind conditions. Placing 3rd, Southern Light handled the winds effortlessly, looking right at home with the backdrop of increasing whitecaps across the east johor straits. Kudos to the smaller boats for surviving in the gusty conditions! In the overall Twilight Series II standings, it is a close fight between Southern Light and Sangaree, as both boats are tied on 15 points after 3 races. Both Shardana and Montserrat can shake things up as well, as they place in 3rd and 4th on 16 and 18 points respectively.

Stray Catz sailed her own race, being the only multihull participating. Whatever the reasons, the rest of the fleet absolutely missed out on a beautiful day of sailing! Congratulations to all the winners – we look forward to an exciting finale next weekend as we conclude the Twilight II & Sunday Series II racing on 4th & 5 September.


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Twilight Series II – Race 3

Faced with overcast skies, glassy waters and strong outgoing tides, some sailors were certainly wondering if the race committee made the right decision not to postpone the race. Thankfully a gentle breeze from the south west greeted the sailors, allowing the fleet to tackle the outgoing tide on their journey to Squance. Threatening weather systems surrounding Changi Sailing Club, together with the strong tides forced the race officers to eventually shorten the course, just as the wind commenced its vanishing act.

With 7 boats representing the IRC Class, it was great to see newcomer Simba emerging on top! They sailed superbly on the return leg from Squance to beat their more illustrious counterparts, overtaking their little sister Skybird in the process. When the numbers were crunched, Red Rum One sneaked in-between the 2 Dehlers, taking 2nd place just 3 seconds ahead of Skybird.

In the PY Class, little Marut returned to Twilight racing with a victory, navigating well in the light airs to clinch 1st place just 24 seconds ahead of another returning entrant, Birregurra. Back from a long hiatus of over a year due to Covid restrictions, it was great to see the Hanse 415 holding her own in these challenging conditions amongst the smaller and nippier boats. Same could be said for Remington, as the S&S 42 performed well to complete the podium in 3rd after corrected time.

As the Multihulls took a break from racing this weekend, the only ones present were 2 little Taipans for the Beach Catamaran Class. It was a case of experience triumphs youth, as Nigel Signal’s Stray Catz edged out Zaheera Hashim’s Balqis II in the mini duel to claim victory for this Twilight Race.

Thank you all for returning to race with us! Despite the less than ideal conditions, we’re thankful to be able to resume club racing. Certainly cannot wait for next week’s Sunday Series race!


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