Twilight Sailing

Tuesday 29 Nov 2022

Sailing tonight is cancelled. Wind limits have been reached.

Meals are still on…


START times Twlight start times



Meals are back for Twilight Sailing this Tuesday all for the same price as last year’s $15.00 per person; this week Jo from Waterview Bakery is preparing Crumbed Steak with Potato Bake and Salad. Most members will already know Jo and she plans to have a different meal to enjoy each Tuesday in rotation, and is keen to get feedback and some suggestions for future Tuesdays.

Please ensure you reserve your meal by 12noon on the Monday before the Tuesday to book your meal , otherwise you will miss out. Simply email to, stating in the subject line your surname, meals required and any dietary requirements (ie wallace 2 meals –1 x normal 1 x gluten-free).

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.

Hard copy of the Start times will be available on the sign on desk.

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!).