15th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2012


AY Pre-Regatta Report

The stage is set and sailing action starts tomorrow...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Goto AY Pre-Regatta ReportAugust 3rd: On Saturday the best regatta in Singapore, the 15th SMU-RM Western Circuit gets underway, over two weekends (Aug 4, 5 & 11) at Raffles Marina. Anything goes from large keelboats and multihull's to beach catamarans, Laser SB3's and Access 2.3's for disabled sailors, right down to the IOM remote-controlled boats, has turned this regatta into the premier sailing event on the Singapore calendar. The youthful enthusiasm and vigor of the Singapore Management University (SMU) sailing fraternity combined with the splendid facilities at Raffles Marina, is like a marriage made in heaven. Both on and off the water, the Western Circuit has developed a reputation for lively racing and a versatile fleet plus thoroughly entertaining at the prize giving dinners.

Once again the SMU Presidentís Cup is up for grabs and will be awarded this Sunday to the winning skipper and crew. This time of the year, the South-West monsoon is usually well established and could provide anything from light and variable winds to blustery thunder storms. Crew skills will be severely tested on demanding windward-leeward courses in front of Raffles Marina and even more on the passage races.

Defending champion Bill Bremner returns with yet another new boat, this time a Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6, which was in form two months back in Koh Samui, when they just missed out on first place on the last day to their Hong Kong sistership. Stalwarts of the Singapore sailing scene, enjoy coming together and duking it out, which at best can be described as friendly rivalry for "Bragging Rights". Sarab Jeet Singh's Sydney 40 MOD Windsikher, has also won here before but the influx of new boats like Steve Manning's Sydney GTS 43 Walawala 2 and Foxy Lady 6 make it that little bit harder to compete as crews are often poached when new and faster boats arrive on the scene.

The SMU is taking a serious approach to community service this year, as both sailors and volunteers will set up a car wash booth to raise money for sailability, as well as fielding two Farr Platu's, Alexi Lim SMUve and defending champion Fidelis Tan on SMUmad, that have dominated the IRC B class over the past few years. Others to watch are Ad Smit's X99 Power Partners, Simon Piff's Lavranos 34 Rainbow Dream and Gordon Maxted's Young 840 Shoon Fung Too maybe the oldest boat in the fleet but with the right crew have shown they can still pack a punch way above their weight.

Raising a total of $21,000 last year, the well-known annual charity auction is held in conjunction with the regatta. All proceeds and donations go to Sailability Singapore, a non-profit organization under the Singapore Disability Sports Council. Sailability encourages and enables the physically challenged to pursue this highly rewarding sport through coaching and training facilities, along with a chance to represent Singapore on the international sailing scene.

If your tired of watching the Olympics on TV and need fresh air plus looking for some thrills and spills over the next two weekends, take a drive down to Raffles Marina in Tuas and claim a spot on the breakwater overlooking the courses. The nippy Corsair 750, Laser SB3's, Beach Catamarans are sure to whet the appetite and the radio controlled IOM boats will keep the family entertained for hours.

More info and results when they come to hand at: http://www.westerncircuit.com/

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