The south-easter filled in a little earlier than forecast. And a little stronger. The result was fantastic conditions for the fourth Lufthansa Twilight race.
Cape Fling were back on the water and sailed a superb race to win by 9 minutes. Nitro shredded their spinnaker at the first hoist and later retired. There is some great footage of TNT, Tina Plattner’s new Cape 31, low-flying at 23 knots down the run. The slightly more easterly winds perfectly suited the boats with asymmetric spinnakers.
The results sheet shows lots of close racing in various classes. The closest was the dead heat between Red Cross Bodytec Flyer and DARG Shadowfax who tied for 4th in the Class B spinnaker fleet after an hour and fourty-four minutes of sailing within a few boat lengths of each other. In Class A non-spinnaker, 5 boats finished within 70 seconds of each other. And in Class B non-spinnaker Me 2 Me lost out to Sheshisha by only one second. Every tack counts.
After four races the only two boats with a perfect total score of 4 are Derbigum and X-tra Link Yolo. Alan Haefele, you may soon be shunned by the cruisers.
Please could skippers take careful note of whether there is blanket clearance or not. Last night we had blanket clearance for the fleet leaving from RCYC and yet quite a number of boats radioed for permission to leave the marina. Please, we need to keep Port Control on our side, not annoy them.
Thanks to the bridge crew and Geraldo (on the water) for their running of the race. – Andrew Collins
Class A spinnaker. 1st Cape Fling, 2nd Hollard Jacana and 3rd Silky.
Class A non-spinnaker. 1st Naledi, 2nd Corum and 3rd Cape Dancer.
Class B spinnaker. 1st CapeTownBeachCleanUp Scarlet Sun, 2nd Turquoise and 3rd Karoo Donkey Sanctuary Tin Tin.
Class B non-spinnaker. 1st Xtra-Link Yolo, 2nd A-L and 3rd Sheshisha.
Class C spinnaker. 1st Hors d’Ouvre, 2nd SANCOBB Far-Med and 3rd Iechyd Da.
Class C non-spinnaker. 1st Saiorse, 2nd Matador, and 3rd Carousel.
Cruising. 1st Derbigum, 2nd Love Affair and 3rd Skye.=