So you enjoyed sailing Twilights this season (hopefully).  Well firstly, thanks to Brian Collins for recording all the results and calculating the ever moving handicaps.  Thanks also to those several members who are willing each week to spend time on the duty boats to enable us to race – I am not naming them because I will miss a couple and don’t want to do that.

The table below is Brian’s tabulation of this season’s results.


Sign on is electronic at this link and you must be signed on by 4pm to enable our volunteer race management team to get things in order.  Except in emergency situations sign on by radio at the start of the race is not accepted.

If your boat is not on the published starting times list, make sure that:

a) you have paid your fees for this season

b) you have completed a Season Entry form, and

c) you have completed the relevant safety dec.

If you have done all of these and still don’t have a start time, please get in touch with Brian at asap.


The information relevant to Twilight Meals during 23/24 Season is:

Meals will be on for Twilight Sailing on Tuesdays, all for the same price as last year’s $15.00 per person. We are  reverting to the tried and true meal provided by GLYC volunteers.  It isn’t meant to be gourmet, it isn’t meant to be flash, it is meant to give you something to eat while you unwind after the race and have a chat with your fellow members.

Please ensure you reserve your meal by 10am on the Tuesday to book your meal , otherwise you will miss out. Simply email to, stating in the subject line your surname, number meals required and any dietary requirements (ie Biden 2 meals –1 x normal, 1 x veg).

We may require a volunteer or two to assist with table setting / dishing up each week and boat lotto will determine the clearing of plates and clean up. If this does not work, members will be randomly selected each week to ensure we share the load.


The ‘Spirit of Chase’

For most of us, the overriding objective of this event is to have fun and perhaps at the same time strive to catch the boat in front, or for the front markers, to hold off the pursuing pack.

Everything you don’t really need to know about the Twilight Race Handicap System

Objective  – The aim of the Twilight Race Handicap System is to give all boats a chance of winning a race during the course of the season, or at least enable them to be in the front end action towards the end of a race.

Over the years, the diversity of the fleet has grown. More small boats, some as small as 18 / 20 feet. More heavy displacement, ocean capable cruisers and many more high performance racers. And of course a mixed bag of trailer boats.

Twilight Racing is also an opportunity to socialise with our fellow protagonists over a meal and a beer/wine/diet coke. Our highly experienced course layers will adjust the course length on the night to facilitate the leading boat to finish at or close to 6:45PM Naturally our boat crews deserve to be accommodated in this plan so…… latest finish time will be set at 30 min after the leading boat or perhaps 31 min for a bunched group at the discretion of the race timekeeper. Later boats will be credited as finishers with the common time of the last timed finisher. Boats will be advised that the race is finished via radio VHF 77 and remaining course buoys recovered.

Start time adjustments are made every week. See attached sample of time adjustment

Race Winners – Future Adjustments. Start times bonus for all race winners will be limited to 66 % of the usual bonus for finishing places outside the top 6.

A second win will see the bonus reduced to 50 %.

Times are initially set at the start of the season based on the following known factors.

* CBH rating for boat

* Past performances.

* Perceived skill level of skipper and crew.


Anyone interested in a detailed case study can email and if you wish to sail in a Twilight and aren’t currently on the posted list, also email Brian asking for a time to be allocated..  The start times for each week’s race are posted on the Club’s Homepage on Monday afternoon (generally!).