boats clinch the SMU Presidents Cup
Although Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II claimed line honours by a country mile, they were reduced to eleventh place in the combined result and third place in IRC 1. Simon Piff's Ker 32 Rekering Dream took out the handicap honours in the IRC 1 class and as the drop race comes into play, they drop the first race withdrawal yesterday and take over top spot in the overall stakes. Second place for Esben Sofren Poulsson's ESSE 750 Petit Bateau hands over the lead to Rekering Dream and find themselves sandwiched in second place with Windsikher II breathing heavily down their neck. The final races next Saturday will decide the podium places from these three yachts.
Victory for Clement Lim's Platu 25 SMUmad extends their lead in the IRC B Class. Second place for Pascal Radue's X99 Born In Fire and third for Glen O'Grady's Young 88 O'Blueyes is a big improvement and provides some relief to the leader from Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere in second overall. Although Gordon Maxted's Young 840 Shoon Fung Too got off to a good start, taking the inshore route in lighter breeze, relegated them to sixth place and can't afford any more bad results, if they want to hold onto third overall.
Although Anthony Klong's SSF 8 started the day with an eighth place, then scored OCS in the next race and won the final race, they did enough yesterday, to hold onto the lead and win the SMU SB20 International Cup. After an up and down day yesterday, Nils Razmilovic's Glasgow Kiss produced a score line of 5, 1, 3 today and dropped 14th place, to come within one point of the leader and secure second overall. Jervis Tilly's Tara and Germany's Johannes Babendererde's Wearner have been in the mix at the front of the fleet and ended tied on 23 points and broken in favour of Tara in third overall. Although the score for the first two days goes toward the SMU SB20 International Cup, racing continues next Saturday and results are added to the present score to produce an overall winner.
Two more wins and third place for Deon Clive Van Onselend's Corsair 750 Dash Boot extends their lead in the Multihull Class. The jumbling of results in their wake, has tied the other three competitors on 13 points and seven points adrift of the leader. By winning the last race today, Alan Hodges' Raw 30 Kaze III holds onto second place with David Stranton's M32 in third. Andrew Young's Corsair 750 Hot Toad cannot be discounted and next weeks races will determine the order on the podium.
Looking at the J24 score sheet Borstnar Vladimir's Angel is building a picket fence with seven wins in a row and defending the title with a clean sheet. SMU's Koh Ling Ying on Shengli and Daniella Ng on RSYC Dua have traded second and third places but just cannot match Angel's speed and are placed second and third respectively.
The three yachts in the PY Class did the shorter version of the passage race. Although Merry Andrew Paul's Night Train won the race, second place for Dieter Trau's Watermelon keeps them in the overall lead by three points from Night Train, with Keoughan Gerald Curry's Jen's Jaunt, only one point behind and in with a chance on the final day.
The Access 2.3's for disabled sailors wrapped up their series today. Overnight Jovin Tan and Desiree Lim comfortably held the lead but the positions were reversed when Jovin had a couple of slow races and Desiree stayed on the pace to win the series. Al Mustakim kept them honest and tied with Jovin on 15 points to secure third place. Sailors from the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia were invited to try out with the Singaporean team, in preparation for the ASEAN Para Games in December.
With a consistent and par excellence performance by many SMU Windsurfers in the Novice and Intermediate categories, SMU Windsurfing emerged as Inter-Tertiary Windsurfing Team Champions (ITWC) once again, for the 3rd year running. The sportsmanship and stellar performance from other institutions are not to be forgotten as well, with particular mention of NTU who had a marked improvement from the previous year.
Racing continues next weekend on Saturday 22nd for the IRC, PY, SB20, Multihull and J24 classes. Culminating in the evening with a charity auction and gala presentation dinner to raise funds for Sailability Singapore.
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