The Twilight Series III commenced yesterday with a fleet of 16 boats, and a minor incident at the start line for the Multihulls. Buay Kaola had to play catch up after an entanglement at the pin-end with PY boat Remington, who found herself to close to the Multihulls during their start sequence.
Despite the poor start, Buay Kaola did well in a course which had long reaches, closing the gap with the front runners. A strong performance by Baloo secured her victory in the fleet of 5, 34 seconds ahead of Buay Kaola on corrected time. Finishing just metres in front of Cicak at the line made it a satisfying 3rd place result for Miss Visayan.
In the PY Class, Remington’s tussle with Buay Kaola resulted in an early retirement for her, as she stopped to assess any damages to the boat. Birregurra did well to round the windward mark at the top of the PY fleet, with Sangaree, Just A J and Brio hot on her heels. Sangaree‘s superior boat speed gave her the lead halfway through the journey down to Squance Buoy, with an eventual victory sealed 5 minutes ahead of 2nd placed Just A J on corrected time. Despite crossing the line 2nd, Birregurra were left lamenting – missed out on podium to Brio by a mere 8 seconds after handicap.
It was a 2-way fight between Waka Tere and Invictus, with the latter training a new/inexperienced crew during the race. Although Waka Tere was overall the faster of the 2, Invictus had much to be proud of, sailing well on the last leg to overtake Waka Tere and clinch line honours.
A great start to our Twilight Series III, looking forward to next week’s Sunday Series III Race 2!