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AY Race Report 3

The end is in sight...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 23rd: Although the IOM remote-controlled boats and Sailability Singapore Access 2.3's completed their series last weekend, there is still a lot of racing to come at Raffles Marina this weekend. The IRC A & B Classes, Multihull's, Beach Catamarans, J24 One Design and Moth's are yet to complete their series. The SB20's finished their "series within a series" and awarded the SMU SB20 International Cup last week, so the remaining local boats will continue on with as many races the race committee can run this Saturday. Several classes have a clear front runner, while others still have a chance to improve their overall placing and possibly go on and win their class.

With three wins and one 2nd place, Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 and mostly Singaporean youth crew, are well on the way to defending the IRC A title, three years in a row on different boats. Since opening with a win, Sarab Jeet Singh's Sydney 40 MOD Windsikher has not been able to match the pace of Bremner's Foxy Lady 6 and may have to settle on being the bridesmaid again. For now, Jon Cray's Swan 42 Sea Bass holds onto the third podium place but has Simon Piff's Ker 32 Rekering Dream and Esben Poulsson's Esse 750 Petit Bateau breathing down their neck only one point behind.

Since posting two wins in the opening races, Lim Han's Platu 25 SMUmad may have left the door open for others to take advantage but still leads the IRC B Class by two points. After a slow start, Alexi Lim's Platu 25 SMUve rebounded by winning class honours in the SMU Presidents Cup last week, to be tied with Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere for second overall and within striking distance of the leader. Always lurking in the wings, Gordon Maxted's Young 840 Shoon Fung Too may have trouble defending the title but is in with a chance of taking a podium place.

Although the SB20 fleet concluded their "series within a series" for the International sailors and presented the inaugural SMU SB20 International Cup last week - As they say in the classics "The show must go on". A full days racing is planed for the Raffles fleet and anyone still around in the chartered Singapore Sailing fleet. Jeremy Chase's Glasgow Kiss has completely dominated this edition by not finishing worse than 2nd place in 7 races for 20 boats, they can start engraving their name on the trophy. The fight is on for the podium places between Michael Buchanan's Pocapena, Anthony Kiong's SSF 6 and Bill Lydens' Katana. If Nik Burfoot's Tara can find their earlier form before the break down, they could also be in with a chance on the podium.

By lifting their game, David Stanton's M23 scored three wins and 2nd place last time out and snatched the overall lead from Scott McCook's Corsair 750 The Dash in the Multihull Class. With McCook's The Dash trailing by only one point this class is not a certainty and may the best team win. Clive Van Onselend's Corsair 750 Dash Boot and Stuart Birkbeck's Corsair F31 Tri to Fly will fight it out for the 3rd podium position.

Seven wins in a row for Calvin Lim's Shengli representing SMU, have the J24 title firmly in their grasp. Mostly scoring second places Daniella Ng from the NTU Yachting Club on RSYC Dua are looking good for second overall, if they keep Winfrid Wong's Jangan Main Main from SMU at bay in the final races.

In a complete reversal of form, Jeremy Perrier's Viper banged home four wins in a row, on the second day of racing to take over the lead from John Simpson's Nacra 20 Molly's Inheriance in the Beach Catamaran Class. As only one point separates them after seven races, this one is likely to play out until the finish of racing. Andras Torok's Nacra 20 Red Rocket will have to light the afterburners if they are to improve on third overall.

The Moths have had an up and down sort of a regatta. Will Berney's Mana Mana Muc Dhoo has finished all races to lead the class. Paul Runyan's Mana Mana Slingshot has won 3 races but a couple Did Not Finish (DNF) puts him 4 points behind the leader and 9 points in front of Will Ellison's Bladerider in the three boat fleet.

Racing concludes on Saturday and is followed by the gala dinner, charity auction to raise funds for Sailability Singapore and prize presentation in the Raffles Marina ballroom.

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