Circuit comes alive this weekend
Highlights over the next two weekends, include the SMU Presidentís Cup and SMU SB20 International Cup to be awarded this Sunday, plus a charity auction and gala presentation dinner next weekend to raise funds for Sailability Singapore, as part of a global initiative to enrich the lives of people living with physical disabilities.
The class split in the keelboats, has resulted in two ESSE 850's, Herman Van Den Wall Bake's IMP and Alan Bannister's Roo 2, Esben Sofren Poulsson's ESSE 750 Petit Bateau plus Simon Piff's Ker 32 Rekering Dream, taking on the might of Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II. Although this may seem lop sided in favour of Windsikher II, the vagaries of the wind and strong tidal currents, anything can happen and usually does in the confines of the Johor Strait.
Competitors can expect anything from light, variable winds to blustery storm cells whipping up a frenzy. Crew skills will be severely tested on demanding windward-leeward courses to sail up to the boats IRC rating and even more on longer passage races.
Stalwarts of the Singapore sailing scene are competing in the IRC B Class. SMU are fielding two Farr Platu 25's, Bryan Chan's SMUve and Clement Lim on SMUmad, are always in the running for podium places. A close battle last year saw Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere settling on 2nd place after a countback and if conditions suite Gordon Maxted's Young 840 Shoon Fung Too and Glen O'Grady's Young 88 O'Blueyes, could be a force to be reckoned with. Newcomers this year are, Pascal Radue's X99 Born In Fire and Nick Jones' Corby 29 Bound To Please could spring a few surprises and shake up the usual status quo.
The local SB20 fleet based at Raffles Marina and the Singapore Sailing fleet (based in Marina Bay) have combined to make a 19 boat fleet, contesting the SMU SB20 International Cup this weekend. Jeremy Chase's Glasgow Kiss helmed by Nils Razmilovic, returns to defend the overall title but several International teams might block their way. With 18 boats on the water, positions will be hard fought up and down the order, with at least 10 local skippers, capable of taking home the title.
In the Multihull Class, two Corsair 750's, Deon Clive Van Onselend's Dash Boot and Andrew Young's Hot Toad, will be taking on Alan Hodges' Raw 30 Kaze III and Stuart Birkbeck Corsair F31 Tri to Fly. They are all capable of exceptional bursts of speed but up against the clock in the handicap stakes.
For years, the J24 class have been the backbone of one design racing in Singapore and although dwindling in numbers are still providing heaps of enjoyment. SMU's Koh Ling Ying on Shengli and Daniella Ng on RSYC Dua are facing the daunting task of tackling Borstnar Vladimir's defending champion Angel, that have dominated the class and expected to add more silverware to their trophy cabinet.
Also joining in the action are two keelboats contesting the PY Class, six Windsurfing classes divided by sail area, in a competition between students from different schools in Singapore. Rounding out the numbers is a competitive fleet of IOM remote-controlled boats and Access 2.3's for disabled sailors.
If your looking for some thrills and spills over the next two weekends, take a drive down to Raffles Marina in Tuas and claim a spot on the breakwater overlooking the courses.
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