16th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2013


AY Race Report 2

Sun is out, sky is blue and fair wind to go...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 18th: Yesterdays overcast conditions were replaced with blue sky and by the high noon start time, the breeze had switched to the South West and gradually built throughout the afternoon. IRC A & B Classes were duly dispatched on a lengthy 20nm passage race to the West of Singapore, while the rest of the classes continued with windward/leeward courses in the Johore Strait in front of Raffles Marina. While the IOM remote-controlled boats and Sailability Singapore Access 2.3's completed their series, the SB20's finalised their "series within a series" for the inaugural SMU SB20 International Cup and the combined IRC A & B classes were awarded the SMU Presidentís Cup for the passage race.

Close tacking along the Tuas reclamation area, to stem the incoming tide and picking windshifts became the order of the day on the outbound leg of the passage race. By the time the fleet reached the furthermost turning mark, Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 established a three minute lead over Sarab Jeet Singh's higher ranked Sydney 40 MOD Windsikher. Although Singh's Windsikher closed them down on the reaching and running legs to the finish, the damage was already done and Bremner's Foxy Lady 6 claimed the overall handicap victory and were awarded the SMU Presidentís Cup for their effort.

Although a mix up in the starting signals resulted in a separate start for IRC B, the corrected times were combined and despite being called OCS at the start, Alexi Lim's Platu 25 SMUve clawed their way back through the fleet to correct out in second overall. Lim Han's sistership SMUmad slotted into 3rd place in front of Singh's Windsikher and Simon Piff's Ker 32 Rekering Dream, that have big smiles on their faces, as they enjoy being in unfamiliar territory at the front of the racing fleet. Esben Poulsson's Esse 750 Petit Bateau became today's big casualty when they tacked into a shallow landfill area and spent over two hours firmly aground.

Four more races for the 20 strong SB20 fleet concluded their "series within a series" and the inaugural SMU SB20 International Cup was presented. Although some world and national champions are competing here, Jeremy Chase's Glasgow Kiss added three more wins to their tally and haven't finished worse than second in seven races, to completely dominate the fleet and take the silverware home. Going into today's racing Nik Burfoot's Tara held onto second overall but had to retire in the second race with equipment failure, which paved the way for Michael Buchanan's Pocapena to step up to the plate and take over 2nd place. Crowded mark rounding's as the mid fleet jostled for position, resulted in wild swings in the finishing order. Despite a slow start to the day, Anthony Kiong's SSF 6 won the last race to secure third overall and ended up the best of the Audi sponsored Singapore Sailing fleet of yachts.

Sailing hotter angles downwind, David Stanton's M23 lifted their game and scored three wins and second place to take the overall lead in the Multihull Class. Breaking in new crew and sailing conservatively, Scott McCook's Corsair 750 The Dash scored three 2nd places and one win, which relegated them to second overall but with only one point separation it is all to play for next weekend. Clive Van Onselend's Corsair 750 Dash Boot, traded 3rd and 4th places with Stuart Birkbeck's Corsair F31 Tri to Fly to finish up 3rd and 4th overall respectively.

Calvin Lim's Shengli representing the SMU continued on their winning ways and now have won seven out of seven races. Although it seems like a one way street, they have been challenged around the course only to recapture the lead on the last downwind leg. Daniella Ng from the NTU Yachting Club on RSYC Dua have had their run of second places interrupted by Winfrid Wong's Jangan Main Main but still hold onto second and third overall.

Four wins today for Jeremy Perrier's Viper lifts them from second overall to the top of the scoreboard in the Beach Catamaran Class. Slightly of the pace, John Simpson's Nacra 20 Molly's Inheriance could only manage four 2nd places and settles in second overall. Consistently scoring 3rd places leaves Andras Torok's Nacra 20 Red Rocket in third overall.

The Moths had a better day today as the breeze was a lot more steadier averaging around 9 knots. Although Will Berney's Mana Mana Muc Dhoo scored two 2nd and one 1st place today, Paul Runyan's Mana Mana Slingshot scored Did Not Finish (DNF) in the second race which left the door open for Berney"s Muc Dhoo to stay on top of the scoresheet. Will Ellison's Bladerider didn't make it out to the course and ends up in third place.

After completing 20 races, Tang Teck On Calvin's Cockatoo has won the IOM remote-controlled class. This is quite a feisty affair with rule infringements, jury and protests to settle the differences despite guiding the boats from the shore. Two discard races are thrown in the mix and Lim Khoon Hin's V7 held off a late charge by Alex Sneesdy's WIGIT to claim second place by one point.

Once again Jovin Tan dominated the Access 2.3 Class in front of fellow Olympian Desiree Tan. After 10 races only 5 points separated the leaders with Yap Qian Yin trailing by 8 points in third place. This concludes their series but they will be back next weekend for the charity auction to raise essential funds for Sailability Singapore, which is part of a global initiative to enrich the lives of people living with physical disabilities.

Racing concludes next weekend on Saturday and is followed by the gala dinner and prize presentation in the Raffles Marina ballroom.

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