Yesterday’s Twilight Series III Race was a fun-filled affair, as we celebrated Cicak Challenge 2 together with all the pirates in attendance! The first Cicak Challenge was conceived as a 50th Birthday celebration for Cicak‘s Skipper, Tim Hill. This year, it was first mate Penny Hill’s turn to celebrate her 50th Birthday together with the Cicak Family and Sailing friends at Changi Sailing Club. Many sailors came dressed to the pirate-theme, with some sailors putting in amazing effort for their costumes!
The racing was a little trying towards the end, as winds struggled to pick up and incoming tide gave many boats an added uphill challenge beating up from squance to the finish club line. In the IRC Class, Invictus took full advantage of the 3 OCS (Jong Dee, Ikaroa & Southern Light) at the start to comfortably take top spot. Sky Bird was a distant 2nd, their best performance over the 3 series. Some notable sailors onboard – Kimberly Lim and Cecelia Low, the 49erFX Asian Games Gold Medalists at the recently concluded 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. Red Rum‘s efforts rewarded them with a 3rd, missing out on 2nd by a slim margin of 58secs.
Despite her false start, Southern Light clawed back to claim 3rd in the 7-strong fleet of PY boats. New Blue Eyes better their performance from last weekend’s 3rd placing at the Sunday Series, securing 2nd just 14secs behind winner Sangaree after corrected time. Although one eventually retired and the other finished 5th, the crew of both Olmeto and Ikaroa looked like they had a fabulous time dressing up as Pirates!
Fending off stiff competition from both Baloo and Eepai, Cicak fittingly took victory in the Cruising Multihull Class, the perfect result for a Cicak Challenge! Despite having to retire, the result did not stop Firefly from having a blast together as a Pirate family, complete with eyeliner, tattoos and 2 Captain Kidds.
The Beach Catamaran Class were the speediest as usual, but also had to deal with 1 retirement from the Nacra 15, sailed by youth member Bryan Ngu. Madfish II drew first blood to continue stretching her lead over Stray Catz for the overall trophy to be awarded at the end of all 3 series.
Back on shore, sailors were treated to some light snacks and rum – all kindly sponsored by Team Cicak! A great party to end our first Twilight Race for the Series, thank you Team Cicak for bringing the fun to our races 🙂 See you next week for Race 2 of our Sunday Series III!