17th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2014

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AY Race Report 1

Gods are smiling on Day 1 of Western Circuit
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 16th: After a week of stormy weather, the gods produced blue sky, sunshine and 6 to 12 knot South Westerly breeze, for the race committee to conduct 3 races for the IRC Classes and 4 for the one-design and Multihull classes. A strong incoming tidal current, saw some boats starting well back from the line and several boats hooking up the top mark, which lacked enough chain to keep the rope down at suitable depth. The 20 strong SB20 class were keen to get away and two general recalls plus crowded mark rounding's, didn't blight their enthusiasm and are a sight to behold with multiple spinnaker colours on the downwind. Tired crews assembled in the restaurant for the presentation party to celebrate the spoils, discuss the days activities or drown their sorrows with nightly down downs for their troubles.

Despite a bungle with the top mark, Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6, started where they finished off last year, with 3 wins and on top of the IRC A leader board. Hooking up the top mark, saw fortunes won and lost in each race and by keeping the keel clean, Jon Cray's Swan 42 Sea Bass ends up in second overall. Just as David Dimmock's Dubois 40 Blue Note was making big inroads on Bremner's Foxy Lady 6 lead in Race 1, they also hooked the top mark and took a double dose in the next race but still managed to cling onto third place overall, in front of Sarab Singh's Sydney 40 MOD Windsikher that retired from the second race

The fisty cuffs are off in the IRC B Class, with Bryan Chan's Platu 25 SMUVE, Alexi Lim's Platu 25 SMUmad and Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere each taking a win today. By adding two 2nd places Metzger's Waka Tere finishes the day on top of the score sheet and needs to stay on the pace to defend the title. A slow start in the first race but rebounding with first and second places, Lim's SMUmad survives in second overall. Also suffering from a top mark hookup, Gordon Maxted's Young 840 Shoon Fung Too finished with three 3rd places to keep the opening day scoring close amongst the leaders and in third overall.

As expected the jumbling of places in the 20 strong SB20 fleet, produced mixed results, up and down the order. Denise Lim's all women crew on SSF 1, opened with a win but slipped of the pace with 6th and 8th, only to recover with 2nd but end up in fifth overall. A slow start for Jeremy Chase's defending champion Glasgow Kiss helmed by Nils Razmilovic (Etchells European Champion) followed by two wins, lifted them to the familiar spot on top of the leaderboard. Only one point separates them from Dominic Johnson's top UK team on Pocapena with a consistent score line of 2, 3, 6, 3 and Justin Liu's SSF 8 (420 World Champion) trails in third overall by one point.

Despite Alan Hodges' brand new Raw 30 Kaze 111 having the potential to clean up in the Multihull Class, it is the Barker, Deborah & Evaline's newly acquired Corsair 750 SZ19708AA that comes out on top, with three wins and a third place. Three 2nd places and a win puts Clive Van Onselend's Dash Boot in second overall and Hodges' Kaze 111 with the distinctive paint job settling in third overall.

There is no holding back on Borstnar Vladimir's Angel and four wins takes them directly to the top of the J24 leader board. SMU's Victoria Koh's Shengli followed suite with four 2nd places and Sean Lee's Ms Jock four 3rd places rounds out the podium order.

The battle of the heavyweights in the PY Class, ended with Dieter Trau's Jeanneau Sun Fizz Watermelon tied on five points with Desmond Seah's Oslon 911 Arbudhen and broken in favour of Trau's Watermelon. Tobias Arnold Oceanis 46 Cibeles came good to win the second race and claim third place in front of Keoughan Gerald Curry's CS36 Jen's Jaunt, that struggled back in fourth place.

With three wins and a second place Lin Josua's Viper 16 leads the Beach Catamarans by a healthy margin. Jeremy Perrier's Viper 16 Bad Influence started with a win but three 2nd places leaves them in second overall. Tomas Aveston's Viper 16 Tomcat ends with three 3rd places and third overall plus the Viper 16's dominated the Taipin and Nacra 20 on this occasion.

Eleven IOM remote-controlled boats and eleven Access 2.3's for disabled sailors started their quest for the title and will finish up tomorrow.

The IRC A and B classes will contest the prestigious SMU Presidentís Cup on a passage race down the coast and the SMU SB20 International Cup will be awarded tomorrow.

The one design and Multihull classes will continue with multiple short races in front of Raffles Marina,

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