wins the Ambassadors’ sweepstakes...
Steve Manning/Paul O'Malley's Red Rum (Sweden) established an early lead on the Johor side, but as they crossed the Strait for the mark, the yachts that stayed on the Singapore side, Justin Lean's Invictus (European Union), Paul Kendall's Jong Dee (Hungary), John Boers Sangaree (Russia), Pascal Radue's Born in Fire (Brazil) and Atul Sinha/Geoff Masters Meraki (Peru) rapidly closed in and caused a six yacht pile up, that smothered their chances. Uncharacteristically trailing the fleet Jonathan Mahony's Zanzibar (Chile) picked up a puff and sailed through the six yachts approaching the mark and rounded in first place.
The breeze stayed in and allowed the bigger yachts to extend their lead, until they were under the flight path to the airport. Another drift-a-thon until a light Northerly appeared and Jonathan Mahony's Zanzibar (Chile) made the best of it and claimed line honours, with Justin Lean's Invictus (European Union) trailing in second place and Paul Kendall's Jong Dee (Hungary) hanging onto third place. When the numbers were crunched, the Ambassador of Hungary H.E. Istvan Szerdahely on Paul Kendall's Jong Dee claimed the title. Less than a minute on corrected time separated 1st to 4th place and it didn't take long to get the party started.
Similar snakes and ladder story in the Non-Ambassadors' Division, with Edwin Low's SkyBird (Poland) taking line honours but was relegated to 2nd place by Siew Shaw Her's Bapsy (Sri Lanka). Koh Yi Qian's Just A J (Norway) slotted into 3rd place.
Gary Curtis Miss Visayan led the nine strong trimaran class across the line but had to hand the overall honours to Deborah Barker's Abra Ca Deborah Too after the numbers were crunched. Graham Horn's Jaza Too was best of the rest for 3rd place and rounded out the podium places.
Scott McCook's Quack claimed the Beach Catamaran Division by less than a minute from Jeremy Nixon's Bad Influence and left Phillipe Girardot's Hobie 16 trailing in their wake.
In the Cruising Catamaran Division Stefan Vidan's Firefly (Liberland) outclassed Mark Richards Pawmark (Cambodia) but were decent enough to celebrate on the podium together.
This year, Oneberry Technologies came onboard as Title Sponsors and supported by Gold Sponsors Yanmar Global & CHONG LEE LEONG SENG CO LTD (CLLS). Together with the unwavering support of Cosmosteel, Kaefer Prostar, Powerpartners private limited, Casillero del diablo, Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore and new sponsors The Luxury Network Singapore + Diplomatic Council (The Global Think Tank) has put the Ambassadors’ Cup Team in a stronger position to deliver unforgettable sailing and party experience at the Changi Sailing Club.
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