19th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2016

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Sailors off the mark, as Singapore celebrates...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 13th: Just after Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling won the gold medal at the Rio Olympics, a tropical rain storm descended on the island nation to celebrate this achievement. This lifted the sailors spirits, as they headed out onto the race course, for Day 1 of the 19th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta. Although the wind never increased above 10 knots, three races were completed for all classes, on two courses. As there are several former champions competing here, it didn't take long before they started to dominate proceedings. The six Windsurfing classes and Access 2.3 class for disabled sailors, also got their series off to a good start and is a tribute to the education system for adopting sailing into their curriculum.

Although Jonathan Mahony's Humphries 42R Zanzibar hasn't competed on windward/leeward races for five years, after nine spinnaker hoists that would usually take many days, they eased into second place, then scored two wins, to go directly to the top of the IRC A class. Esben Poulsson's ESSE 750 Petit Bateau claimed the first race, then traded second and third places with Chris Furness Elan 410 Rikki Tikki Tavi, to sit second and third respectively in the overall stakes.

Racing was a lot tighter in the IRC B class, with five yachts vying for the honours. Koh Ling Ying's Platu 25 SMUmad, made the most of the light conditions, with two 1st places and a 2nd to take the lead. Close behind Collin Lim's Platu 25 SMUve secured two 2nd places and finished with a 1st, to slot into second overall. Consistently scoring 3rd places Pascal Radue's X99 Born In Fire sits in third overall, in front of the favoured yachts, that need a little more wind to perform better.

Although the PY Class vary in design, age and ability, they enjoy a good sail and are going for "bragging rights' for the rest of the year. Glen O'Grady's Young 88 O'Blueyes led around the course in the first race, but being used to doing three laps in the IRC B class, they continued on, as the others sailed directly to the finish line. This gave Simon Connors Sapphire Star the win and although O'Grady's O'Blueyes claimed the next two races, Sapphire Star still hold onto the overall lead from O'Blueyes by two points. Defending champion, Merry Andrew Paul's Hanse 415 Night Train didn't have it all their own way and with a score line of 2, 3 and 4, slot into 3rd place, with a lot of work to do, to retain the title.

There is always a close tussle in the 18 strong SB20 class. Despite the long start line there were still many cramped in at the start boat end. Three races produced three different winners. Despite Stanley Chan's SSF 1, Ryan Teo Yee Kang's Bandit and Jonathan Yeo's Scumbag taking the race honours, three 2nd places by Jeremy Chase's Glasgow Kiss helmed by Aaron 'Capt Rehab' Taunt, leads at the end of the day. Two 3rd places for Chan's SSF 1 slots them into second overall, one point behind the leader and despite the slow start Kang's Bandit retains third overall.

Using the channel markers, the Multihull Class maxed out in reaching, running and windward legs, that suit their requirements. Regional expert Scott McCook on Corsair 750 Foreign Talent with foot firmly planted on the accelerator, scored two wins and second place to take a commanding lead. Deborah Barker's sister ship Deb Dash gave them a run for their money, with two 2nd places and a win, slots them into second overall. Never far behind, Tim Hill's family run Sprint Corsair Cicak, claims third spot behind the dueling leaders.

The six Windsurfing classes and the Access 2.3 class for disabled sailors also opened their account today in spectacular style. Aaton Per Yong Quan takes the lead and is closely followed by Desiree Lim in the Access 2.3 class.

Racing continues tomorrow with the big yachts contesting the SMU President’s Cup and the SB20's wrapping up the SB20 International Cup and the wind surfers Inter-Tertiary Windsurfing Championship (ITWC) 2016 titles.

More info and results when they come to hand at: http://www.westerncircuit.com/
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