17th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2014

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Goto AY Race Report 2Western Circuit chipping away at a steady beat...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 18th: Although gray sky and a muggy horizon greeted sailors in the morning, the South Westerly arrived early and by start time, 10 knots sent all the classes away on time and looked very promising for the rest of the day. The combined IRC A and B classes set off on a 20nm passage race, through the Western ship anchorage and the overall winner presented with the prestigious SMU Presidentís Cup. Meanwhile back at Raffles Marina the SB 20's continued with vigor for the SMU International Cup (A regatta within a regatta) and the IOM remote-controlled boats and Access 2.3's for disabled sailors wrapped up their series. The One Design and Multihull classes continued with four more races and along with the IRC classes, will carry over to next weekend for the final showdown. Like cream rising to the top, the best sailors have distinguished themselves which shows in the progressive overall results.

A match race developed between Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 and David Dimmock's Dubois 40 Blue Note along the Tuas reclamation coast, out to the turning mark where Blue Note took over the lead. They extended on the long run back but not far enough to stop Foxy Lady 6 from taking out the combined IRC A and B handicap honours and take home the SMU Presidentís Cup for the third time.

When handicaps were applied, miraculously Bryan Chan's Platu 25 SMUVE corrected out in 2nd place and missed out by .6 of a second on gate crashing Bremner's party and put an end to the winning streak. Dimmock's Blue Note ends in 3rd place and lifts them to second overall in IRC A. Fourth place for Alexi Lim's Platu 25 SMUmad and fifth for Gordon Maxted's Young 840 Shoon Fung Too is a tribute to the abilities of the IRC B racers and the IRC rating system. Sarab Singh's luckless Sydney 40 MOD Windsikher had a double down down, for being over the start line and running aground on the land fill to finish up in 10th place.

In the individual class results Bremner's Foxy Lady 6 extends their lead with an unblemished four wins, Dimmock's Blue Note takes over second spot and relegates John Cray's Swan 42 Sea Bass to third overall.

Alexi Lim's SMUmad takes over the lead in IRC B and Bryan Chan's brilliant effort lifts SMUVE to second overall and overnight leader, Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere dips down to third overall.

Justin Liu's SSF 8 stepped up to the plate and scored two wins on the first two races, then followed through with 2nd and 4th places, to lift them from third overall and clinch the SMU SB20 International Cup on their first attempt and in front of an International cast of champions. Never finishing worse than 6th in 8 races, Jervis Tilly's Tara score line of 5, 4, 3, 3 is enough to leap frog several places to claim second overall. Starting off the day with 8th, Jeremy Chase's Glasgow Kiss helmed by Nils Razmilovic and despite winning Race 7 forces the defending champion to hand over the title to Liu's SSF 8.

Three wins and 2nd place for the Barker, Deborah & Evaline's newly acquired Corsair 750 SZ19708AA puts them in an almost unbeatable position and on the brink of securing the Multihull Class title on their first outing in anger. Four 3rd places for Clive Van Onselend's Dash Boot is enough to keep them in second overall. Alan Hodges' brand new Raw 30 Kaze 111 was making steady progress with three 2nd places but 6th in the last race leaves them in third overall. Winning the last race, Robert Eric Harayda's Corsair F31 Tri to Fly doesn't improve their standing but gives them some satisfaction for all the hard work they have put in to be here.

One little blip for Borstnar Vladimir's Angel is enough for Sean Lee's Ms Jock to take advantage and ruin Angel's clean sheet but leaves them in third overall in the J24 Class. Three 2nd places and 4th today for SMU's Victoria Koh's Shengli keeps them in second overall but can concede defeat to Vladimir's Angel that has dominated proceedings with 7 wins out of 8 races.

Miscommunication between the Race Committee and two competitors in the PY Class, saw them sailing the wrong course and ultimately scoring Did Not Finish. Desmond Seah's Oslon 911 Arbudhen takes over the lead and Tobias Arnold Oceanis 46 Cibeles climbs into second overall. Overnight leader Dieter Trau's Jeanneau Sun Fizz Watermelon slips down to third and Keoughan Gerald Curry's CS36 Jen's Jaunt maintains fourth overall.

Lin Josua's Viper 16 and Jeremy Perrier's Viper 16 Bad Influence traded first and second places today, to hold steady respectively on the Beach Catamaran leader board . In doing so they have opened a 11 point gap over third placed Tomas Aveston's Viper 16 Tomcat. Unfortunate for Andras Torok's Nacra 20 Red Rocket that capsized and withdrew from the remaining races to languish in last place.

The tricky inshore wind conditions saw the Access 2.3 Class for disabled sailors struggle against the strong current. The defending champion Jovin Tan missed out by one point and had to hand over the title to Aaron Per. Ng Jia Jun finished in a distant third place behind the dueling leaders.

After 21 races, Ervin Scully's KantunS produced a dominating performance to finish 45 points in front of Hans Kok's Fraktal and take out the IOM remote-controlled boat title. Third overall for Lim Khoon Hin's V8 out of a field of 14 togglers is a good achievement and can be quite addictive for retired sailors.

Next weekend racing continues for the IRC, One-Design and Multihull classes, with the charity auction and gala presentation dinner in the Raffles Marina ballroom to raise funds for Sailability Singapore,

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