19th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2016

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AY Race Report 2

SW tradewind returns and puts smiles on sailors faces...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 14th: Sailors were greeted with a solid SW tradewind and choppy seas, although it fluctuated during the afternoon, the 20nm passage race for the IRC and PY classes, was completed in near record time, while the SB20 and Multihull's, completed four races in the West Johor Strait. The combined IRC classes contested the SMU President’s Cup, while the Access 2.3 class for disabled sailors and the SB20's wrapped up the SB20 International Cup, plus the wind surfers completed the Inter-Tertiary Windsurfing Championship 2016 titles. This does not mean the regatta is over, as next weekend one more day of racing is scheduled for the IRC, PY, Multihull and SB20's to complete the class titles.

Despite rounding the wrong mark and correcting the error, Jonathan Mahony's Humphries 42R Zanzibar still made the best of the situation and not only scored the daily double in the IRC A class, but managed the trifecta by winning the combined IRC SMU President’s Cup in the process.

A solid performance by Collin Lim's Platu 25 SMUve gives them second place in the SMU President's Cup and elevates them to become the overall leader in the IRC B class. Right from the very start Gordon Maxted's Young 840 Shoon Fung Too was quick off the blocks and around the course in the same fashion, to score 3rd in the Presidents Cup and improve their ranking in the IRC 2 class.

Sailing a slighter shorter passage race, Glen O'Grady's Young 88 O'Blueyes continued their dominance in the PY Class and extend their lead with three wins in a row. Second place for the defending champion, Merry Andrew Paul's Hanse 415 Night Train improves their ranking to 3rd overall but still has a lot of work to do to defend the title. Third place for Low Chin Nam's Cork 1770 Xtra Mile is a bonus and all competitors are waiting for the drop race to kick in and reshuffle the pack to tighten the scores for the podium places.

You can always expect a close tussle in the 18 strong SB20 class, with crowded starts and mark rounding's increasing the competitors adrenaline rush by a few notches. A couple of general recalls and they were underway, with PRO Prakash Reddy firing off four races to complete the challenge for the SMU Presidents Cup. Jeremy Chase's Glasgow Kiss helmed by Aaron 'Capt Rehab' Taunt held a one point lead over Stanley Chan's SSF 1 coming into today's final. Never out of the top five places, Chase's Glasgow Kiss held onto a one point lead and after three years reclaim the cup with sweat on their brow. Chan's SSF 1 remain in 2nd place with Xu Yuan Zhen's SSF 4 slipping into 3rd place. Racing for the SMU Presidents Cup is over but continues next weekend for the overall class title.

Overnight leader in the Multihull Class, Scott McCook's Corsair 750 Foreign Talent suffered a torn spinnaker and had to sit out two races while they repaired it with adhesive tape, before returning to the race course. This gave Deborah Barker's sister ship Deb Dash the opportunity to cease the initiative and take a commanding lead in the overall stakes. Tim Hill's family run Sprint Corsair Cicak, slipped up in Race 6 with sixth place but still retains third spot behind the dueling leaders.

The Access 2.3 class for disabled sailors came to a natural conclusion today. After nine races Aaton Per Yong Quan held off the challenge from Desiree Lim and Ng Xiu Zeng. Some Indonesian sailors joined in the action and were given a warm welcome.

The six Windsurfing classes also came to a conclusion by awarding the Inter-Tertiary Windsurfing Championship 2016 titles. The SMU came out on top in the combined scores from the Intermediate (Men), Intermediate (Women), Intermediate (Mixed), Novice (Men) and Novice (Women) classes.

Racing continues next weekend on Saturday for the class titles and a charity auction to be held at the gala presentation dinner, to raise funds for Sailability Singapore, as part of a global initiative to enrich the lives of people living with physical disabilities.

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