Yesterday’s Twilight Series I Finale was a roller-coaster of emotions and a test of perseverance for the skippers. With winds coming to a near stand-still at some points, sailors had to stay light on their feet and choose their tacks carefully.
The Beach Catamaran and Weta Class were represented by a total of 2 boats, with Persian Cat & Itchy-Go flying the flag for their respective classes. Of late, it seems like sailors from both classes are having a busy schedule – we hope to see their return in Series II!
Cicak and Eeepai were the only 2 Cruising Multihulls in their class, with the former in the driving seat from winning Race 1 & 2. Eeepai sailed well to finish ahead of Cicak in the tricky conditions – but could not put a dent in stopping Cicak’s eventual victory in the Series.
Taking full advantage of their minimal crew on board in the light airs, Boreas (3-up) and Minx (solo) sailed well to finish in 1st and 2nd respectively in the PY Class. It was an extremely close fight for 3rd place in the last stretch to finish as the shifty winds caused positions to reshuffle. When the numbers were punched, Marsh Mellow emerged the best of the rest to claim a well deserved 3rd, completing the podium finishers.
In the IRC Class, Invictus returned from a long hiatus to a convincing victory, keeping things simple on the course and making minimal mistakes. A good start from Red Rum kept them ahead and gave them line honours, but could not shake off Invictus, thus settling for 2nd on handicap. Jong Dee crossing the line just 1 second ahead of Waka Tere made for a thrilling finish between the two, with the latter securing 3rd after corrected time.
Results were starkly different in the Overall Series for both keelboat classes. Despite their bullet in Race 3, Invictus‘s no-show in race 1 and 2 left them in overall 4th. On the other hand, consistency paid off for Jong Dee, as they claimed 2nd in the series despite not winning any of the 3 races. Waka Tere continue their fine run from the NE Monsoon Sailing Festival to win Twilight Series I (IRC Class) with 2 bullets and a total of 5 points.
The PY Class also awards the sailors with good attendance, as 1st and 2nd placed boats were the only 2 boats which participated in all 3 races. To make things more exciting, both New Blue Eyes and Southern Light did not win any of the 3 races and are level on points – resulting in the former winning the Series due to them having 1 more 4th place finish. Sangaree‘s stellar performance in Race 1 and 2 meant that they could still finish in 3rd despite not racing yesterday.
In the Cruising Multihull Class, Cicak‘s consistent attendance also sealed their victory ahead of Eeepai, who could have made it an even closer fight if not for their DNC in Race 1. Poor attendance all round meant that even though Jaza Too only participated in Race 2, she did enough to earn a 3rd place finish and round off the winners.
Congratulations to all winners and thank you everyone for participating in the first Twilight Series for 2019! See you all for this afternoon’s Sunday Series I Finale!
Overall Twilight Series I Results