sailors join the sporting action in Singapore...
August 20th: After a week of youthful sporting competition (YOG 2010) held all over the island nation, the senior sailors (19 & above) get another chance to display their yachting prowess as they take to the waters off Raffles Marina for two more days of solid racing action. Last weekend the opening rounds of the 13th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta were fired away (See Results) and this weekend the keelboat teams and catamarans get a chance to improve their standings on two passage races, while the International Moth class take on short course racing in front of the marina. Also the IOM remote-controlled yachts are gunning for the annual WC title this weekend.
There is no shortage of youthful enthusiasm and vigor at Raffles Marina as Andrew Tam's Singapore Management University (SMU) Yacht Club team go about the business of running a regatta. Right from when they took over, they have added a new dimension to organising regatta's and turned it into the corner stone of Raffles Marina sailing calendar.
Up for grabs this weekend is the SMU Presidentís Cup which will be awarded to the winner of the passage race at Sunday's nights dinner and prize giving party. As this regatta is held over 3 weekends the final rounds will be short course racing for all classes next Saturday (28th Aug) together with the Gala Dinner & Prize giving plus the Charity Auction for Singapore Sailability in the Raffles Marina ballroom. Photos of Day 1 and the items to go under the auctioneers hammer for charity can be viewed from: http://www.westerncircuit.com/photo_gallery.html As if that is not enough we can expect a full program line-up of acts including top performing groups from the SMU to entertain us on the final night.
Also installed for die hard yacht racing enthusiasts is an information evening with Rob Brown from McConaghy Boats and racing yacht designer Jason Ker from Ker Design will present the new Ker 40 IRC One Design racing yacht on Friday 27th August at Dempsey House in Singapore. You better get a move on as we noticed that official reservations close today Friday 20th or email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if there are any spare places. The evening will be an opportunity for those interested to find out more about the yacht they expect to take the world by storm and ask any questions face to face with the unbeatable team that is behind the new revolutionary Ker 40.
For those that like to find out how other Asian racing teams are doing at International events, we have good news from the other side of the world that the three Hong Kong Teams presently battling it out in the Solent for the Rolex Commodores' Cup. At the end of play yesterday the three Hong Kong teams still hold onto second overall to the runaway Irish, but have been knocked back due to their small boat Rockall III’s mishap, causing her to finish ninth (depending upon the outcome of their protest). From being 30 points astern of the Irish yesterday, the Hong Kong team is currently 40.5 points behind them. However the regatta is far from over with a race around the Isle of Wight coming with a x1.5 points co-efficient today (Friday) and a double points scoring inshore race to conclude the regatta on Saturday. There is still a lot to play for and you can follow all the action at http://commodorescup.rorc.org/ Conditions for the race around the Isle of Wight look set to be brisk with southwesterly winds gusting up to 25 knots forecast. Take a look at the stunning Rolex / Kurt Arrigo Photo Gallery
Raffles Marina would like to thank the sponsors, Puteri Harbour, Luminox Watches and the hard-working and ever enthusiastic SMU students for their support and superb organisational abilities.
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