SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2010
a difference a day makes...
August 22nd: Despite the many weather forecasts available these days, the sailors have come to the conclusion that the best solution for local waters is "What you see is what you get". Yesterdays dreary, wet and sufferable light conditions were replaced with a warm, sunny, clear blue sky and a building 8 to 10 knot SSW breeze that saw the IRC A & B, PY and SB3 keelboat classes away on the same short passage race as yesterday. Picking the best course on the first windward beat ultimately set the pace and awarded the skippers that chose the correct side with podium places. The Catamaran class combined with the International Moth class to further their short windward/leeward race program. The ten IOM remote-controlled yachts and eleven Singapore Sailability Access 2.3's completed their two day race program and were awarded trophies for their efforts and a bottle of champagne Mumm from the sponsors. All in all, everywhere you look there are sailboats going about the serious business of competing.
In the IRC A class the skippers that went to the right hand side had to contend with lighter pressure and were severely headed as they approached the starboard outer marker for the Tanjong Pelepas channel. Going to the left hand side paid better dividends but to far to the left saw many boats over standing the mark and coming in on a fine reach. The three main protagonists for the title chose different routes. Sarab Singh's Sydney 40MOD WINDSIKHER went to the right, David Ross' Kerr 32 KUKUKERCHU went to the left but is was Steve Manning's Beneteau First 44.7 WALA WALA that went straight up the middle and rounded in first place. Three minutes latter KUKUKERCHU rounded and a further minute adrift overall series leader WINDSIKHER rounded back in third place. It was not until the long run home that WINDSIKHER overhauled WALA WALA but the damage was already done. All the time KUKUKERCHU was sitting in the wings and stayed on the pace to take Race 5 handicap honours and at the same time win the combined IRC A & B class SMU Presidentís Cup on their first attempt. Sarab Singh's WINDSIKHER was relegated to second place and in doing so ended the run of four wins in a row but still hold a healthy points lead in the overall stakes. Rick Overton / Kenn Eyears Mumm 30 ROCK N ROLLA slotted into third place which further relegated Steve Manning's WALA WALA down to fourth after such a good start.
Over in the IRC B class the close battle between three SMU teams continued with Christopher Lim's J24 SHENGLI having a triple celebration when they won the race, ended up in second place for the SMU President's Cup and regained the overall lead by two points. After yesterdays win Shaun Toh's Farr Platu 25 SMUmad had to settle on second spot today despite taking line honours and have stepped down to second overall. Following close on their heels Fidelis Tan's Farr Platu 25 sister ship SMUve slotted into third place and based on these results can take the third step on the podium.
After some overnight adjustments to the arbitrary handicaps in the PY Class, Dieter Trau's Jeanneau Sun Fizz WATERMELON came to the fore today with the handicap honours. Leslie Fung's Hanse 315 TODAK 2 slotted into second place and Trond Seljeseth's all varnished timber sloop ROSMARUS managed to complete the course this time and take third place. Adriaan Smit's X99 POWER PARTNERS have completely outclassed the opposition in the earlier races but the handicap adjustments have left them in last place today but they still hold a slender lead in the overall pointscore.
Three more races for the Moth Class, saw James Cole's Bladerider BLITZ KRIEG BOP post one first and two second places to stay on the top of the leaderboard. After missing yesterdays races Mark Robinson's Mach 2 VIVA LA VIDA rebounded with one second and two wins to close back in on the overall lead. Paul Runyan's Mach 2 CALLALA and Will Berney's Bladerider MOC DHOO 2 traded third and fourth places, but as they did not compete on the first day of racing, have left the door open for Nicholas Leo Francis ASSASIN that could only manage three fifth places today to hold onto third overall but will have to be careful as the others are rapidly closing in.
After a dip in performance yesterday Guy Markham's Nacra 20 RED ROCKET was back in full form to secure two wins and one third place to regain the top step of the podium for the time being. Two second places and one win may have reduced the defending champions Nicolas Gillier and Jeremy Perrier's Viper F16 ISDOO down to second overall but they are still firmly in the running for the title. Three third places for Uli Braun's Taipan 4.9 808 and three fourth places for David Lee/Goh Ah Soon's Taipan 4.9 282 leaves them tied on 24 points and fighting it out for the third step on the podium.
As the Laser SB3 class tackled the passage race, Fabrice Piard's ALIDADE led the fleet for the entire race by a comfortable margin and stays on top of the leaderboard. Second home for Bob Comstock's COMPASS RISING has them tied on points for second overall with Wallace Cuthbertson's GLASGOW KISS that could only manage fourth place today. Third place for Chris Holmes on BANDIT has lifted their confidence but leaves them in the middle of the table.
The ten boats in the International One Metre (IOM) radio controlled class completed another nine races today to bring the exciting series to a successful conclusion. As the Day 1 leader Colin Ng was absent from today's racing he left the way open for Ervin Scully to clinch the IOM title. A total of nineteen fierce races were completed and the atmosphere was unusually tense this year as the skippers frantically toggle the remote controls to guide their boats around the course in the marina. Alex Sneesby ended up in second overall and Lim Khoon Hin in third. Celebrations followed as Champagne Mumm is sponsoring a bottle of there finest to all the overall winners in each class.
A total of eleven Singapore Sailability Access 2.3's completed 12 races over two days of competition. Singapore's most decorated disabled sailor Jovin Tan continued on his winning ways to sail away with the title. Kim Seng and Desiree took the fight to Jovin and after a good tussle ended up second and third respectively. More Champagne Mumm was the order of the day.
The SMU Provost, Professor Rajendra K Srivastava and Robert Bird C.E.O. of Raffles Marina signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that extends SMU's running of the regatta by three more years and the use of Raffles Marina for the SMU Yacht Club to further their sailing activities.
Racing comes to a conclusion next Saturday when the final rounds of short course races are completed. The IRC B, PY, Laser SB3, Moth and Catamaran classes are still wide open for the taking. Bring it on!
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