Twilight Series III Race 5

Another weekend in frustrating conditions, as the conflicting weather systems left sailors with a challenging course for race 5 of this Twilight Series.

With only 2 boats in the IRC Class, it was a sweet victory for Sky Bird as they notched their first bullet and line honours ahead of Jong Dee. This allows Sky Bird to stretch their lead and strengthen their position 3 points ahead of Jong Dee going into the finale on 1st December.

7 boats contested for podium in the PY class, and it was a close fight at the top amongst the light and nippy boats. Balqis’s gamble paid off handsomely, as they chose to commit early in the race to sail high and close to Pulau Ubin. This allowed her to secure the bullet and line honours, comfortably ahead of new entrant Brio and single-handed Big Bad Wolf in 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the series standings, New Blue Eyes sits on top after 1 discard – a 4 point buffer between them and Minx in 2nd place. Big Bad Wolf’s consistent attendance in the series is reflected in the results, placing 3rd currently.

Jaza Too returns to Twilight Racing in style, clinching their first bullet for this series, seconds ahead of Eeepai and Miss Visayan in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Despite their 4th placing, Cicak is tied on points with Eeepai in the Series, setting the stage for an exciting finale next Saturday. Miss Visayan trail the leaders by 5 points, sitting comfortably in 3rd for the Series.

The Beach Catamarans were had a pair of Wetas sailing with them yesterday, a refreshing addition to the fleet. sailing on a provisional handicap, the Wetas do well in the light airs, finishing in 1st & 2nd respectively. On official score, Persian Cat sailed well to beat Stray Catz on handicap, scoring their 1st bullet for the series. Their positions are switched in the Series III overall standings, as Stray Catz leads by 5 points, scoring 4 second-place finishes to put them in good stead for the final race.

Thank you all for participating in the Twilight Race! enjoy the photos and see you next weekend for the Twilight and Sunday Series Finals!

Results

IRC
PY
Cruising Multihull
Beach Catamaran

Twilight Series III Overall Standings

IRC Series 3 Overall
PY, Cruising Multihull & Beach Catamaran Series 3 Overall

 

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Sunday Series III Race 5

Race 5 of the Sunday Series started off with a very light breeze from the south east, taking sailors to CAAS 2 before the fleet came to a stand still, fighting a slow current and struggling with the near-zero knot conditions.

The race was eventually abandoned, signalling an early adjournment to the bar.

With only next week’s Twilight Race 5 separating us from the finale for both Club Series on 1st and 2nd December, lets take a look at the current standings for 2018 Twilight and Sunday Series.

2018 Sunday Series Leaderboard

IRC
PY
Cruising Multihull
Beach Catamaran

2018 Twilight Leaderboard

IRC
PY
Cruising Multihull
Beach Catamaran

Sunday Series III Standings

IRC
PY, Beach Catamaran & Cruising Multihull

 

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Twilight Series III Race 4

The weather during yesterday’s Twilight Race showed signs of the North-Easterly Monsoon trying to settle in, giving sailors a nice beat up to Changi Buoy on the first leg.

Jong Dee, Emmanuel II and Southern Light were a bit too eager – incurring an OCS and subsequent penalty, costing them valuable time at the start. Despite the blunder, Jong Dee was quick to recover, catching up with Notus and Sky Bird at Changi Buoy. She eventually crossed with line honours, and clinched victory in the IRC Class by a slim margin of 8 seconds over Sky Bird on corrected time.

In the 7-strong PY Class, Temptress of Down had a fantastic start, wasting no time in establishing a good lead over the rest of the pack. Sangaree did well to bounce back from a couple of too-close encounters to finish just outside of podium. Temptress of Down slipped to 3rd when the wind died down on the final leg, allowing the chasing boats to close the gap. Sapphire Star sailed a superb solo race to finish 2nd on handicap, missing out on 1st place by 2 seconds to Boreas. Nanyang Technological University Sailing Club notched their 1st bullet ever while sailing Boreas in our Twilight Races, congratulations!

The Cruising Multihulls witnessed a crucial mistake by leaders Miss Visayan, as she failed to keep CSC 1 to starboard while sailing down from Changi Buoy. It was Team Cicak‘s gain as they secured their 2nd bullet for the Series, with Eeepai completing the podium as runner-up.

Thank you all for taking part in the 4th race of our Twilight Series! Looking forward to more North-Easterly Winds over the next few months!

Results

IRC

PY

Cruising Multihull

 

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Oneberry Ambassadors’ Cup 2018

This year’s Ambassadors’ Cup marks the 19th Anniversary of the event, proudly sponsored by Oneberry Technologies. As Changi Sailing Club’s Signature Event, the Regatta sees boats from Raffles Marina, Marina at Keppel Bay, One Degree 15 Marina and SAFYC coming from halfway across the island to take part.

With a total of 57 boats on water, it was a grand sight to behold from the Jetty, as the crew commence their preparations for the start. Atul Sinha’s Meraki and Paul Kendall’s Jong Dee got a little too excited before the horn went, having to turn back after starting a few seconds too early. The light North-Easterly breeze took all 25 yachts in the Ambassadors’ Division on a short-lived gentle sail down the coast of changi – only to be met with a strong weather system coming inland from above Tekong.

Despite trailing the leaders at the beginning, Jonathan Mahony’s Zanzibar did well to catch up, rounding North Angler in 1st place and eventually taking line honours with Chilean Ambassador Mr James Sinclair on board. Justin Lean’s Invictus flew the European Union flag, taking 2nd place in clinical fashion. Paul Kendall’s Jong Dee made a few critical decisions amidst the challenging wind conditions on the return, which allowed her to cross the line 3rd and ultimately win the prestigious 19th Ambassadors’ Cup after corrected time with Hungarian Ambassador H.E. Istvan Szerdahely on board. Defending Champions Zanzibar return home empty handed this year, missing out on 3rd place by a slim 15 seconds to Brazil and their hosts, Born in Fire – skippered by Pascal Radue. Also separated by seconds, Invictus maintained their 2nd position after handicap – just 24 seconds behind Jong Dee and 17 seconds ahead of Born in Fire…. close racing indeed!

A similar situation arose in the Non-Ambassadors’ Division, as the boats in 3rd-5th place were separated by mere seconds, with NTU Sailing’s Just A J (Norway) emerging the best of the rest – 21 seconds ahead of Mackson Chia’s Swannee (Korea). As only Bapsy (Sri Lanka) and Sky Bird (Poland) finished the race within the time limit, the former helmed by ex-Olympian Siew Shaw Her’s Bapsy fittingly triumphed over Edwin Low’s Sky Bird on handicap.

27 hulls on the start line made it an impressive start for the Trimaran Division – as Abra Ca Deborah Too established on early lead on the first stretch. Gary Curtis’s Miss Visayan sailed well to eventually claim line honours but surrendered overall victory on corrected time to Deborah Barker’s Abra Ca Deborah Too. Graham Horn’s Jaza Too completed the podium in 3rd.

A baffling u-turn by Quack after the start was the only blemish on late-comer Scott McCook’s race, as Quack sailed superbly single-handed to sneak ahead of Jeremy Nixon’s Bad Influence on the return leg, securing victory in the Beach Catamaran Division. Philippe Girardot’s Hobie 16 took 3rd in the 3-strong fleet. For the 3rd year in a row, Stefan Vidan’s Firefly won in the Cruising Catamaran Division, well ahead of Mark Richard’s Pawmark (Cambodia). The Cruising Catamaran Division were sorely missing regulars Ximula, Katrianne and Annette, due to various schedule conflicts / commitments. We look forward to their return next year!

As always, it did not take long for sailors and diplomats to get the party started, with Après-Sail Drinks and Snacks brimming with South American flavours to welcome sailors back from the afternoon’s race. The Evening’s festivities were graced by Guest-of-Honour Mr Albert Chua, Permanent Secretary (Environment & Water Resources). Fueled by the free-flow of Tiger Beer, sumptuous dinner buffet by Coachman Inn Restaurant and smooth tunes from the EuroAsia Band, participants danced the night away in what was yet another night of unbridled revelry.

The success of this Event would not have been possible without the strong support from Title Sponsors Oneberry Technologies, Gold Sponsors Yanmar & Chong Lee Leong Seng (CLLS), supporting sponsors Power Partners Pte Ltd, Kaefer Prostar, Cosmosteel, Casillero Del Diablo, Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore and new sponsors The Luxury Network Singapore +Diplomatic Council (The Global Think Tank).

The evening brought further great news for the event as Oneberry and Yanmar committed their support for the 20th Ambassadors’ Cup next year. Thank you all Sailors and Sponsors for being a part of what is now without doubt the biggest Sailing-Social Event in Singapore.

See you next year for the 20th Ambassadors’ Cup – Bringing the World Together!

Results
Captain Marty’s Asian Yachting Report

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