What started off as a promising breeze from a weather system building over Ubin and Tekong fizzled out as quickly as it arrived, leaving sailors stranded in glassy waters and strong outgoing tide. The race was shortened for all sailors as they crossed the gate coming back from Squance Buoy, as many of the boats could not make the turning point at Changi Buoy due to the lack of wind and strong currents. With it being the last race of November before participants return for the super finale on 7th & 8th December, many of the podium contenders turned up with full crew, making sure to cover all bases for the penultimate race of the Twilight Series 2019.
In the IRC Class, the fight was between Waka Tere and Skybird for most of the race, with the latter executing the better start of the 2. Despite her initial advantage, Skybird slipped to 2nd as the wind dropped – resulting in a 2nd place finish both across the line and on handicap. This meant that Waka Tere is assured the title for the Twilight Series III, having scored 4 bullets from 4 races in the Series. The 3rd boat of the fleet fell victim to the strong currents as they approached the gate, failing to tack earlier on the beat to get closer to shore and through the gate. Born in Fire‘s misjudgment cost her a finishing position, as they continued being swept toward Changi Buoy, eventually forcing her to retire.
Only seconds separated 1st and 2nd place in the PY Class, an incredibly close result which aptly represents the level of competitiveness and enthusiasm of the fleet. Sangaree takes the bullet just 5 seconds ahead of Southern Light after corrected time, making it 2 victories for the Series. However, Southern Light is in the driving seat for the Series, having participated in all 4 races and scoring three 2nd place finishes to be on top with 13 points. Series II winners Simba completed the podium finishers in 3rd, but will not be in contention for this Series due to poor attendance. Despite finishing 4th for yesterday’s race, Bapsy looks poised to give Southern Light a stern challenge next weekend, and is very much in contention for the Series III title should there be 1 discard.
The Multihulls thrived in the first 10 minutes of the race, lapping up the north-easterly breeze towards Squance. Little Itchy-Go did well to take the lead after the start, staying comfortably ahead of the chasing Corsairs & M23. She took line honours and scored her first bullet for the series, ahead of Cicak and Miss Visayan in 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the Series, Cicak and Buay Kaola are neck and neck, with the latter trailing 1 point behind after 4 races. Representing the Beach Catamarans, Nigel Signal’s Stray Catz was the only boat in her class, and somehow still managed to start prematurely during her start sequence. Despite the blunder, she was quick to recover and was the only boat which managed to get around Changi Buoy successfully before the the wind completely shut off.
Thank you all for joining us in the 4th race of the Twilight Series III, we look forward to consolidating the results for the Twilight & Sunday Series for 2019 next weekend!
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