19th Oneberry Ambassadors’ Cup 2018


AY Race Report 1 & Summary

Hungary wins the Ambassadors’ sweepstakes...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
November 3rd: The customary Ambassadors' champagne breakfast was a nice touch and set the tone for the rest of the day. The race started with a storm brewing on the Malay side of the Johor Strait, which tried to displace the land breeze on the Singapore side. It became a toss of a coin which side to take, as the yachts made their way out to the North Angler turning mark. A couple yachts were recalled on the crowded start line, in front of Changi Sailing Club and the assembled spectators on the jetty. Goto AY Photo Gallery

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.

Wow! The Ambassadors’ know how to party in fine style and showed what we have been missing out on for 19 years. They couldn't find a better crowd to let their hair down, than a bunch of thirsty sailors at the Changi Sailing Club. The sponsorship for this event alone, has out numbered the rest of the year and sponsors enjoyed it so much, have signed up again for next year. A tremendous amount of work has gone into organising and running the event by the Embassies and staff at Changi Sailing Club, that must be congratulated for turning it into their signature event. They promised to celebrate the 20th anniversary next year even harder and turn it into a bigger event, that should not to be missed.

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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