SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2010
and steady wins the day...
August 21st: All morning the sky was heavily overcast and releasing light drizzling rain, even the Malaysian coastline was shrouded in fog. Then as if on queue, a light SSW breeze sprung up on the way to the start line. Enough to send the IRC A & B, PY and Catamaran classes on a passage race in the approaches to the Johor Strait, while the Laser SB3 and the International Moth classes continued on with the short windward/leeward race program. Ten IOM remote-controlled yachts also kicked off on a two day racing campaign. As it turned out the breeze did not get much above 6 knots the whole day and probably averaged around 3-4 knots leaving big patches of little or no wind to contend with. When the breeze fluctuates up and down it also changes direction, so it is paramount that tacticians keep there head out of the boat and pick the best wind lanes to sail the boat in.
All week the IRC A skippers have been working on ways to improve the boats performance including bringing in specialist crew members to bolster their confidence. This was evident right from the very start, when David Ross' Kerr 32 KUKUKERCHU nailed the line on starboard tack, just as Sarab Singh's Sydney 40MOD WINDSIKHER entered on port tack, only to get run over by the fleet and consequently caught up in a short tacking duel with KUKUKERCHU. When they finally released themselves from the tight cover, it was pedal to the metal and WINDSIKHER rounded the starboard outer marker for the Tanjong Pelepas channel, four minutes in front of KUKUKERCHU. At every mark rounding they extended their lead to finish up a whopping 46 minutes in front and take out the daily double by 17 minutes. The old fox Bill Bremner is enjoying a stint as tactician on WINDSIKHER reiterated "That it was important to get into sync with the wind and go for boat speed in these conditions". Steve Manning's Beneteau First 44.7 WALA WALA finished a distant third as the wind strength dropped to 2.5 knots and the rest of the fleet fell even further behind and run out of time. The race committee are deciding on awarding places from the times taken at the last rounding mark.
The contenders in the IRC B class had a similar course to the big boats but shorter as they did not have the outer dogleg. Shaun Toh's Farr Platu 25 SMUmad led the fleet all day and was even ahead of some IRC A boats before they broke away for the finish line. Fidelis Tan's Farr Platu 25 sistership SMUve came in ten minutes behind SMUmad to take second place. A further 22 minutes passed before Christopher Lim's J24 SHENGLI crossed the finish line to secure third spot but deposes them from the top of the leaderboard. After today's race all three SMU boats are in the podium positions - SMUmad 1st, SHENGLI 2nd and SMUve in 3rd.
Once again Adriaan Smit's X99 POWER PARTNERS completely outclassed the more heavy displacement PY Class racers by 20 minutes at the first mark and go on to secure the daily double by a country mile. Finishing an hour and a half behind, Leslie Fung's Hanse 315 TODAK 2 slotted into second place and Dieter Trau's heavily modified Jeanneau Sun Fizz WATERMELON hung on in for third place which ties them on points with TODAK 2 for second overall.
In the world famous Moth Class, James Cole added two wins to the tally and lift his Bladerider BLITZ KRIEG BOP to the top of the leaderboard. While Paul Runyan's Mach 2 CALLALA and Will Berney's Bladerider MOC DHOO 2 shared second places, it was Nicholas Leo Francis ASSASIN that consistently scored two 3rd places and in the absence of overall leader Mark Robinson's Mach 2 VIVA LA VIDA has lifted ASSASIN to second overall.
Last week Guy Markham's Nacra 20 RED ROCKET completely dominated the off the beach catamaran class but today the defending champions Nicolas Gillier and Jeremy Perrier's Viper F16 ISDOO bought the fight to them and ran away with line honours. However it was Uli Braun's Taipan 4.9 808 that came 1st on corrected time relegating ISDOO to second place and David Lee/Goh Ah Soon's Taipan 4.9 282 to third spot. Fourth place for RED ROCKET leaves the door open for ISDOO to take over top spot on the scoreboard.
Three more short course races in the Laser SB3 class, saw Fabrice Piard's ALIDADE pull off the trifecta with three bullets and go to directly the top of the leaderboard. With a 2, 3, 4 scoreline Wallace Cuthbertson's GLASGOW KISS puts them in contention for the overall podium places. A slip up in Race 6 saw Bob Comstock's COMPASS RISING drop to second overall and can't afford any more mistakes. Two boats that did not race last week Ola Strand Andersen's XOCO and John Priestly's SUME rapped up the placing's and threw a spanner into the very completive fleet by mixing up the pointscore.
Ten boats weighed in for the exciting International One Metre (IOM) radio controlled class. The competition is fierce and the atmosphere tense as the skippers frantically operate the toggle switches to guide their boats around the course in the marina. Several close calls and near misses resulted in the jury being called into action during the pit-stop period between races. Ervin Scully 31 challenged Calvin Tang 80 which seemed to get the adrenaline flowing in this usually quiet discipline. They managed to hold ten races on the first day of racing and can expect plenty of excitement before the series is completed.
Racing continues tomorrow with the SMU Presidentís Cup being awarded to the winner of the combined IRC A & B classes on another passage race around the same course. Lets hope and pray there is more wind...
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