If we could describe the NYE Twilight Race in 1 word: CHALLENGING.
The race started off looking very promising, with a North-Easterly breeze coming in after a heavy bout of rain from the west. But the sailors did not stay dry for long, as they encountered another big weather system from the west, getting absolutely drenched on the 2nd leg. Throughout the race, skippers had to master the oscillating winds and conflicting weather systems to get ahead of each other – a small mistake is all it takes to lose time.
In the IRC Class, it was a thrilling battle between 3 very different boats – Shardana (Dufour 34), SkyBird (Dehler 34) & Notus (Platu 25). As the fastest-rated boat in the fleet, Shardana took an early lead after the start, establishing some distance between her and the chasing SkyBird. Some good calls by SkyBird on the penultimate leg closed the gap and eventually earned her tied-first with Shardana on corrected time.
The PY Class sees Arbudhen take victory – with his steaming light on. It was an effective Father-Daughter combo as sister yacht Sapphire Star sailed 2-up superbly to take 2nd place. Eagle sailed in her maiden race to a podium finish, completing the PY winners in 3rd. Miss Visayan flew the flag high for the Cruising Multihull Class – first and last in a fleet of one.
The evening festivities gradually took over after racing, starting with a Photobooth for guests to make some memories to take home. Followed by a sumptuous buffet spread well put together by the ever-reliable Coachman Inn Restaurant, paired with free-flowing beer and champagne got everyone grooving in no time. The Emcee kept things entertaining throughout the night with the games/lucky draw in between live-music sets by Jam Tyme. Keeping up with the annual tradition – Honorary Secretary Ad Smit sounded the air horn signal at 5 minutes to midnight – signalling the start sequence to 2019!
We’d like to extend a big thank you to all members & friends who ushered in the New Year with us. Also many thanks to our business partners for sponsoring the prizes for the Lucky Draw segment and last but not least, Coachman Inn for the delicious food and impeccable service all night.
CSC is excited to kick off the North-East Monsoon Sailing Festival with the Signature Sunday Series this weekend. See you on the 6th!