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As most the races were sprints that lasted about 30 minutes, the smaller boats took advantage and shared the handicap victories. Esben Sofren Poulsson's ESSE 750 Petit Bateau ended the the day at the top of the IRC 1 pointscore, tied on nine points with Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II. After the main halyard broke on Simon Piff's Ker 32 Rekering Dream and forced them to retire from the first race, some make shift repairs on the water, saw them rebound with victory in the second and fourth races, has them back in third place but sitting in the box seat when the drop race comes into effect. Tomorrow is the SMU Presidentís Cup, which takes the yachts on a passage race out of the Johor Strait, around markers in the shipping anchorage and back, which should give the bigger Windsikher II an advantage but this is not a certainty in the present conditions.
An interesting day with mixed results in the IRC B Class. Bryan Chan's Platu 25 SMUve opened with victory in the first race but dropped down the order in the next three races. Clement Lim's Platu 25 SMUmad drove home the next two victories to take the overall lead. Although Gordon Maxted's Young 840 Shoon Fung Too claimed the Race 4 victory, Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere consistently scored second places in three races, placing them in second overall and leaves Shoon Fung Too in third with some work to do.
The SB20 fleet resembled something more akin to the dodgem cars with several boats recalled at the start and infringements at the crowded mark rounding's. A mid field boat, Rupert Ong’s SSF 3 hooked up the top mark and dragged it down the run and considerably shortened the course for the back markers before being disentangled. After four races, Anthony Klong's SSF 8 sits in the box seat with a 2, 1, 6. 2 score line. Only one point behind and scoring two wins on the day, Dominic Johnson's Pocapena sits in second place with Jervis Tilly's Tara rounding out the score in third place. With only a few points separating the top six places and continuing on with more windward/leeward races tomorrow, any thing can happen in this highly competitive 19 boat fleet.
The Multihull Class set off on three races, which took them around channel markers on mini passage races and gave them some breathing room within the close confines of the Johor Strait. The varying conditions gave Deon Clive Van Onselend's Corsair 750 Dash Boot a slight advantage to lead the pointscore at the end of the day. Alan Hodges' powerful Raw 30 Kaze III had to settle on second place in the varying conditions but will be a threat if the conditions improve. David Stranton's M32 is tied on seven points with Kaze III and both are only one point behind the leader Dash Boot, so expect some fireworks to come in this dare devil class.
Hitting the start line with speed at the off, is a formula for success in the J24 class and has rewarded the crew that can achieve this with a five boat advantage. Borstnar Vladimir's Angel has once again proved it and four wins out of four races is testament that it works. SMU's Koh Ling Ying on Shengli and Daniella Ng on RSYC Dua had to play catch up but instead raced against each other, to settle on second and third respectively with Angel disappearing over the horizon.
Only three yachts have turned up for the PY Class. Merry Andrew Paul's Night Train leads the way from Dieter Trau's Watermelon and Keoughan Gerald Curry's Jen's Jaunt. This is a grudge match between cruising boats that don't fit into the IRC classes and love to joust amongst themselves.
Old foes Jovin Tan and Desiree Lim comfortablely lead the Access 2.3's for disabled sailors after five races. Al Mustakim holds onto third place in the 18 boat fleet that are vying for places to contest the ASEAN Para Games latter in the year.
The Inter-Tertiary Windsurfing Championships kicked off with shifty winds of 4 - 6 knots. The windsurfers are split into 6 categories: 4.0m Men's Novice, 4.0m Women's Novice, 4.7 Women's Intermediate, 5.6m Men's Intermediate, 6.2m Mixed Intermediate and 7.8 Open category for alumi and under graduates. Except the 7.8m Open category, the remaining categories will be scored and awarded the annual ITWC Team Champion title. Initiated 15 years ago the Team Champion is a prestigious varsity level title awarded to the best performing school in the annual lTWC.
Racing continues tomorrow with the SMU Presidentís Cup for the IRC classes and the SMU SB20 International Cup. The Access 2.3's for disabled sailors and Inter-Tertiary Windsurfing Championships come to a conclusion and trophy's presented next weekend.
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