18th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2015

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Leaders extend advantage to claim the title...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 22nd: Morning dawned with a threatening dark sky and very little wind, which turned into an increasing South South Westerly by start time and enabled the two race committees, to complete three and four races for the remaining classes and cap the regatta off with complete success. It also made for longer courses diagonally across the Johor Strait and the bigger boats able to stretch their legs and pack the spinnaker on the windward beat before rehoisting. The strong incoming current, made mark rounding difficult to judge and several SB20's got caught up on the top mark and saw their chances disappear down the gurgle. The push was on for improving individual standings and as only seconds separated the top competitors on corrected time, most the leaders have extended their advantage and gone on to claim the class title. Goto AY Photo Gallery

Although the crew on Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II were determined to improve their standing and hit the start line with speed, pointed higher upwind than the other boats and built up what seemed to be an unbeatable lead, Simon Piff's Ker 32 Rekering Dream won the first two races by 29 seconds and 1 minute 34 seconds, then scored second place to Windsikher II by 57 seconds and claimed the IRC 1 title. Esben Sofren Poulsson's ESSE 750 Petit Bateau, withdrew from the first race with damage but third and fifth places places, made way for Windsikher II to slot into second place and drops them down to third overall.

Trailing in the early stages, Clement Lim's Platu 25 SMUmad had to work hard and plugged away around the course, to add 2nd, 1st and 3rd places to their tally and come out on top in the IRC B Class. Starting the day in second place, Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere kept up the consistency with 3rd, 2nd and 4th places to end up holding onto second overall. Despite a couple of slow races, Gordon Maxted's crew on the Young 840 Shoon Fung Too, made a few changes to the set up and won the last race to secure third overall.

After bagging the SMU SB20 International Cup last weekend, Anthony Klong's SSF 8 opened with second place but collected the top mark in the second race while leading and dropped back to eighth place. After that they traded first and second places with Nils Razmilovic's Glasgow Kiss but the damage was done and they handed over the lead to Glasgow Kiss. As the second drop race came into play after 10 races, it worked in Glasgow Kiss favour and the defending champion went on to claim the SB20 title. While all this was going on, hiding in the flanks, Charles Lim on SSF 1 was making headway, with 3rd, 2nd, 4th and 6th places to elevate themselves into third overall, in a 19 strong fleet.

By posting three more wins on the board, there was no stopping Deon Clive Van Onselend's Corsair 750 Dash Boot from winning the Multihull title. Coming into today, the three other boats were all tied on points and by winning the last race, David Stranton's M32 claims second overall. A rapidly improving Andrew Young's Corsair 750 Hot Toad jumped up into third and relegated Alan Hodges' bigger Raw 30 Kaze III to fourth despite claiming line honours in all races.

As Borstnar Vladimir's Angel was running late for the start of the first race, SMU's Koh Ling Ying on Shengli took the win and ruined Angel's clean sheet. Undeterred Vladimir's Angel went on to win three more races, making it 10 wins out of 11 races and defend the J24 title in fine style. Ying's Shengli and Daniella Ng on RSYC Dua traded second and third places to end up in the respective positions on the podium.

Dieter Trau's Watermelon came into the final day with a slender three point lead over Merry Andrew Paul's Night Train. All day Watermelon never seemed to find top gear and second place plus two wins for Night Train handed them the PY title on their first attempt. Keoughan Gerald Curry's Jen's Jaunt, came good by winning the first race today, but couldn't overtake Watermelon for second overall and had to settle on third after making a good effort.

Summary
As it caters for all classes including windsurfers and Access 2.3's for disabled sailors, this regatta is now considered a "Festival of Sail" in Singapore. The youthful enthusiasm from the SMU students combined with excellent facilities at Raffles Marina, has built a reputation for lively fleet racing and fun filled post race parties. The biggest regatta in Singapore also ends with a charity auction and gala presentation dinner in the Raffles Marina Ballroom, to raise funds for Sailability Singapore. S$8404 was raised and goes a long way to purchasing a couple more boats for the worthy cause, as part of a global initiative to enrich the lives of people living with physical disabilities. Next year more participation is expected from neighbouring countries and expand the program with other classes of sailboats for all to enjoy.

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