18th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2015

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AY Race Report 3

Podium Places still open for the taking...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 20th: Last weekend the SMU Presidents Cup and SMU SB20 International Cup (Goto AY Photo Gallery) were held as an individual race and series within a series. This weekend the IRC, PY, SB20, J24 and Multihull classes, continue with another round of races on Saturday, to finish the regatta. While some of the classes have a clear leader, others have a chance of toppling the leader and depending on the number of races held, are likely to reshuffle the podium places. With Typhoon GONI (INENG) presently traversing the East China Sea, the South West flow could increase in Singapore and produce an exciting final day of racing at Raffles Marina.

Although Simon Piff's Ker 32 Rekering Dream has taken a three point lead in the IRC 1 class, from Esben Sofren Poulsson's ESSE 750 Petit Bateau, they can't afford another bad result, as their drop race has already been used. Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II is only one point behind Petit Bateau and although they claim to be using the regatta for breaking in new crew and training run before the big events in a few months time, they have the potential to leap frog the leaders and are hoping for longer courses, if the prevailing wind is blowing up and down the strait.

By winning the SMU Presidents Cup last weekend, Clement Lim's Platu 25 SMUmad have extended their lead by five points in the IRC B Class. Sitting in second place, Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere faces the daunting task of catching SMUmad, while only a couple of points behind, Gordon Maxted's Young 840 Shoon Fung Too and Bryan Chan Platu 25 SMUve are ready to pounce if the leaders slip up.

After bagging the SMU SB20 International Cup last weekend, Anthony Klong's SSF 8 hopes to continue on and secure the overall SB20 title. Not if the defending champion Nils Razmilovic's Glasgow Kiss has anything to do with it. They made huge improvements in last Sunday races, to come within one point of the leader and secured second overall. Only two points behind Jervis Tilly's Tara and Germany's Johannes Babendererde's Wearner are tied on 23 points for third place and well within striking distance in a nineteen boat fleet. Six points separate 1st to 6th place and as they all have dropped their worst result, can't afford any more mistakes or breakages in the final showdown.

With a seven point lead in the Multihull Class, it will be hard work to beat Deon Clive Van Onselend's Corsair 750 Dash Boot for the title, if they stay on the pace, in the four boat fleet. The other boats, Alan Hodges' Raw 30 Kaze III, David Stranton's M32 and Andrew Young's Corsair 750 Hot Toad are all tied on 13 points (Unlucky for some), and the big fight will be over the order on the podium.

Even if Borstnar Vladimir's Angel didn't compete on Saturday, they would still win and defend the J24 title, with seven wins in a row, in a three boat fleet. As SMU's Koh Ling Ying on Shengli and Daniella Ng on RSYC Dua have traded second and third places and only three points separate them, they are left to fight amongst themselves for second and third overall.

Dieter Trau's Watermelon and Merry Andrew Paul's Night Train have won two races each, and winding up each other, for the final PY Class races. Watermelon holds a slender three point lead over Night Train and with Keoughan Gerald Curry's Jen's Jaunt, one point further adrift, anything can happen and probably will.

While racing comes to a conclusion on Saturday 22nd, all the sailors over the two weekends, are looking forward to the evening entertainment, charity auction and gala presentation dinner in the Raffles Marina Ballroom, to raise funds for Sailability Singapore.

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