SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2010
Singh's WINDSIKHER tops the podium
August 28th: After the overnight thunder storm and howling wind had abated, it left the west coast shrouded in heavy cloud cover and vacuum like conditions on the water. The sailors were ready for the last day of racing but had to wait almost two hours before the breeze materialized and racing could get underway. It was make or break time for most the class titles and the race committee took it in their stride to provide the maximum number of races in the prevailing conditions to produce the fairest of results. Strong tidal currents, a capsized catamaran, individual recalls and the ability to get the Moth up and planning determined the final outcome.
Third place for WINDSIKHER in the first race today, upset Sarab Singh's crew as David Ross' Kerr 32 KUKUKERCHU were rapidly closing in on the overall leaders. This stirred the troops into action, who reacted with two wins in a row to secure the title and put an end to all the speculation of who is the rightful champion. Brent Morgans Archambault 35 MEN AT WORK and Rick Overton / Kenn Eyears Mumm 30 ROCK N ROLLA shared the minor placing's to finish third and fourth respectively and kept the pressure on the leaders as they were ready to pounce at the slightest of errors.
In the IRC B class the three SMU teams fighting it out for the podium places came quickly to a conclusion when Shaun Toh's Farr Platu 25 SMUmad posted three wins in a row to leap frog Christopher Lim's J24 SHENGLI for the title and relegate them down to second overall. Fidelis Tan's Farr Platu 25 SMUve clung on for the third spot on the podium as the boats behind jostled into contention.
Despite a botched start Dieter Trau's Jeanneau Sun Fizz WATERMELON sailed themselves back into contention with good boat speed in the light conditions to secure the PY Class title. Two second places and one win for Leslie Fung's Hanse 315 TODAK 2 saw them jump up into second place in front of Adriaan Smit's X99 POWER PARTNERS that held the overall lead coming into today's races but came undone with the arbitrary handicap adjustments and the lack of boat speed.
The highly entertaining Moth Class, saw James Cole's Bladerider BLITZ KRIEG BOP gamely cling on to take top place on the podium. Mark Robinson made a brave move as his Mach 2 VIVA LA VIDA scored 2, 1, 1 to close back in on the overall lead but never recovered after missing a day of racing earlier in the series. When there is not enough wind to get the Moths up and planning they look very out of sorts and it takes a lot of coaxing to resume normal service. Never a threat to the dueling leaders Nicholas Francis' ASSASIN held onto third place as the chasing pack rapidly closed in.
Despite capsizing as they approached the finish line Guy Markham's Nacra 20 RED ROCKET dropped the race result and just did enough in the other races to narrowly triumph in the Catamaran Class. Defending champions Nicolas Gillier and Jeremy Perrier's Viper F16 ISDOO kept up the pressure to eventually miss out by one point and settle on second overall. Mixed results for David Lee/Goh Ah Soon's Taipan 4.9 282 saw them break the tie with Uli Braun's Taipan 4.9 808 in their favour to finish up third and fourth respectively.
None of the Laser SB3 class leaders won any races today as mid table John Priestly's SUME won two races and Ola Strand Andersen's XOCO won the other. Despite juggling the places Fabrice Piard's ALIDADE continued on top of the table to secure overall victory from Bob Comstock's COMPASS RISING that broke the overnight tie with Wallace Cuthbertson's GLASGOW KISS to secure second and third places on the podium.
Unfortunately the wind for the whole regatta never got above 10 knots and sailors had to contend with strong tidal currents and pick the wind lanes correctly. This makes it a real test of their sailing skills and boat handling abilities. Combined with the youthful enthusiasm of the SMU organising team that signed up for another three years, this regatta has a bright future and will remain the premier event on Singapore's racing calendar.
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