guide to remaining Western Circuit races
With four wins in a row and 10 points in front of 2nd place, it will take something really untoward for Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 to loose it from here and take home the IRC A trophy and SMU Presidentís Cup for the third time. Does that mean they get to keep it? At the end of racing last week David Dimmock's Dubois 40 Blue Note light weather performance, allowed them to take over second spot and although tied on points with John Cray's Swan 42 Sea Bass in third overall, its more likely to stay in that order. If the luck changes onboard Sarab Singh's Sydney 40 MOD Windsikher and Koh Seng Leong can find top gear, on the Cork 1720 Xtra SMUVE, they could well be back in contention for the final podium place.
Different story in the IRC B Class, with four teams still having a chance at the title. Alexi Lim's Platu 25 SMUmad holds onto a slender two point lead over Bryan Chan's sister ship SMUVE, that's only one point in front of Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere in third place. They will all have to keep an eye out for, Gordon Maxted's Young 840 Shoon Fung Too is tied on points with Metzger's Waka Tere and ready to pounce from fourth place. It's anyone guess from here on in, but expect Metzger's Waka Tere with SMU crew onboard, to come back on form during the short races and possibly defend the title.
Although the SMU SB20 International Cup was awarded last week, the One Design SB20 class continue on, with a least four more races (weather permitting and within reduced time limits) according to PRO Prakash Reddy, on the non IRC courses.
Last week, Singapore's Justin Liu's SSF 8 stepped up to the plate and came from third place to clinch the Cup, in front of an International cast of champions. If they continue along the same vein, they can certainly go onto claim the overall title. In an 18 strong fleet, setting off with speed from the crowded start line and a relatively clear lane at mark rounding's, plays an important part in the overall standings. Jervis Tilly's Tara also came from behind to secure second overall and ended up tied with Jeremy Chase's Glasgow Kiss helmed by Nils Razmilovic, are Liu's biggest threat. Big performances by Denise Lim's all women crew on SSF 1 and Xu Yuanzhen's Ideals Racing Team could get them onto the podium.
Coming off a six race winning streak, the Barker, Deborah & Evaline's newly acquired Corsair 750 SZ19708AA have virtually wrapped up the Multihull Class title on their first outing in anger. Fellow Corsair 750 owner, Clive Van Onselend's Dash Boot is eight points behind and Alan Hodges' brand new Raw 30 Kaze 111 trails by a further three points. In a five boat fleet, they will be fighting over which step on the podium to stand on.
Whenever Borstnar Vladimir and regular Angel crew turn up at a regatta, the One-Design J24 title is on the line. SMU's Victoria Koh's Shengli trail in a distant second place and Sean Lee's crew on Ms Jock, are proud to be the only boat to ruin Angel's clean sheet and in the remaining races, looking to repeat the dose but no chance of deposing the overall leader.
After completing the right course, Desmond Seah's Oslon 911 Arbudhen took over the lead in the PY Class.and Tobias Arnold Oceanis 46 Cibeles climbed into second overall. Scoring Did Not Finish (DNF) Dieter Trau's Jeanneau Sun Fizz Watermelon, slipped down the order but restoring faith on short courses, in favourable conditions could see them climb back up the rankings.
Lin Josua's Viper 16 and Jeremy Perrier's Viper 16 Bad Influence have traded first and second places throughout eight races, with Josua's Viper 16 holding a 2 point advantage coming into the final rounds. Very evenly matched, the Beach Catamaran title is expected to go down to the wire. Tomas Aveston's Viper 16 Tomcat expects to hold onto third spot. Proving popular for sailors with Olympic aspirations, this class is expected to grow in intensity over the next few years.
On Saturday 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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