15th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2012


AY Race Report 2

Foxy Lady 6 runs away with the SMU President's Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 5th: The big draw card today, was the combined IRC classes competing for the prestigious SMU President's Cup. PRO Richard Cai chose the 20 nautical mile Course 4, out of the Johor Strait and down past the Tuas reclamation zone to Mark 23, then pick their way through the wall of ships in the anchorage to P19, before returning to Raffles Marina. At start time there was barely enough wind to stem the strong incoming tide but right on cue just at the first start, the direction changed and picked up to 12 knots, which stayed throughout the day. The Multihull and Club Class were sent on the 12nm Course 6, which they made quick work off and in enough time for the Corsair and Catamarans to have a second race. The J24's and SB20's continued with four more windward/ leeward races in front of the marina.

Not sure what Daryl Chan and the J24 crew on RSYC Dua were thinking, as they approached the starting pack on Port tack and T-boned Goh Jian Guang's Juno. The impact could be heard from the beach and the resulting damage forced RSYC Dua to retire with bow damage and seek haul out facilities. Although a little shaken and after retrieving some crew from the water, Guang's Juno managed to continue on and everyone was surprised there was little visual damage from the collision.

Although Sarab Jeet Singh's Sydney 40 Windsikher nailed the crowded pin end of the startline, they were soon overtaken by Steve Manning's bigger Sydney GTS 43 Walawala 2 and excelled as the opportunity to stretch their legs to lead the fleet around the course. It didn't take long for Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 to catch Windsikher and indulge in close windward match racing along the coast for 10 miles out to the turning mark. The strong tidal current whipped up a choppy seaway and Manning's Walawala 2 were first to round after 1 3/4 hours of racing. Followed four minutes latter by Foxy Lady 6 with Windsikher close behind only one minute adrift. The longer the race went the more it turned into a big boat benefit. Kurt Metzger's Wakatere were the first IRC B yacht to the outer mark with Gordon Maxted's Young 840 Shoon Fung Too, two minutes behind.

It all came to a conclusion when the race committee decided to shorten the race at the entrance to the Johor Strait, fearing the backmarkers would not be able to finish within the time limit if the wind died. Manning's Walawala 2 secured Line Honours but after handicaps were applied, it is Bremner's Foxy Lady 6 that claimed the SMU President's Cup and extended their lead in the IRC A Class. Keeping the pressure on till the very end, Singh's Windsikher finished a little over a minute behind Foxy Lady 6 to slot into second place and Manning's Walawala 2 in third to make it a big boat podium.

Although the IRC B class were outgunned in the Presidents Cup, they battled on in the conditions and again the long waterline boats came to the fore. Gordon Maxted's Shoon Fung Too claimed line honours but were reduced to second place when Simon Piff's Lavranos 34 Rainbow Dream corrected out in first place. Kurt Metzger's Wakatere led around the turning mark but fell of the pace on the downwind to end up in third place. Maxted's Shoon Fung Too holds a commanding lead in the overall stakes and with the SMU Platu's disappearing out the back door, there has been a massive shake up in the order.

Ever since Tobias Arnold got his head around the TCC handicap system and concentrated on boat speed, his Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37 No Alibi added another victory to their tally and steps up to be tied for second overall in the Club Racer Class. Second place for Rhett Etherington's Beneteau Oceanis 43 Saideira is a marked improvement from finishing at the back of the pack. Third place for Desmond Seah/ Michael Teo's Oslon 911 Arbudhen sees their overall lead dwindle to two points and need to rediscover their earlier form to keep their points advantage. Jovin Tan's SKUD 18 may have been outclassed in the conditions but still maintains third place and is tied on points with No Alibi for second spot.

After Scott McCook's The Dash roared around the passage race, they repeated the dose on a short course in front of the marina, to presently be the only yacht to have a clean sheet and completely dominate the Corsair Trimaran Class. Going as hard as they can, Nicolas Gillier/ Jeremy Perrier on Dash Boot has strung together a row of second places but needs some extra umph to overcome The Dash. Starting the day with third place, Richard Wallace's Kaze III suffered from a breakage and retired to let Koh Joo Kim's One Sails claim third place on the day results.

Despite some overnight adjustments to the Catamaran Class results, second and first place for Martin Pickrodt's Nacra Carbon 20 Rantanplan puts them back on the top of the leaderboard. Lin Josua's Viper F16 won the long passage race but fourth place in the second race, has them holding steady in third overall. Charles Wallace F16 Groovy Baby jumped up into second place in the last race, which will improve their confidence. Two third places for Greg Smith's Viper F16 Allon5 - Y sees them relinquish top spot on the podium and step down to second overall.

Daniella Ng's Jangan Main Main stayed clear of the accident and by posting four wins in a row goes directly to the top of the J24 leaderboard. Overnight leader Goh Jian Guang's Juno unsettled by the collision traded second and third places with Winfrid Wong's Shengli but as the drop race is introduced Juno drops down to third overall. As only two points separate the podium places, the battle continues next weekend to decide the eventual outcome.

In the hotly contested SB20 Class, Jeremy Chase's Glasgow Kiss have been going blow for blow with Jonathan Mahony's Scumbag and one little mistake can make all the difference. Other than the first race today which was won by Chris Holmes on Bandit the wins have been shared by the leading duo. As the drop race comes into play only one point separates the leaders who have stepped out from Jayant Dhobley's Du Mei Dai in third overall after seven races.

After 20 races the radio controlled IOM class came to a conclusion. With 17 wins Colin Ng's Britpop! cleaned up in a big way to be crowned the 2012 champion. Alex Sneesby's Ares finished a whooping 46 points behind the leader in second place. After them the jostling of the placing's evened up the playing field with Khoon Hin V7 slotting into third only four points behind second place.

The Access 2.3 for disabled sailors also completed their series. Yap Qian Yin wrapped up the series with five wins out of seven races to convincingly win the title. Lim Keng Seng won the races that the leader didn't, to claim second overall. Aaron Per never finished above fourth place to seal third place and judging by the smiles on their faces everyone had a good time. After all its not the winning that matters its the competing and enjoyment it brings that is more important.

Racing continues next Saturday in all the offshore classes which will be followed by the gala dinner and prize giving in the Raffles Marina ballroom. Can't wait to come back and savor the delicious food being served up at these five star functions.

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