19th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2016

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AY Race Report 3

Final day spurred on by watching the Olympics...
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By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 18th: Spurred on by watching the Rio Olympic sailors, duke it out in the medal races, the remaining sailors contesting the IRC A & B, PY, SB20 and Multihull classes, at the 19th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta, return to action stations for one final day of racing on Saturday. They have already had two full days of racing (Goto AY Photo Gallery) and although some of the classes have run away leaders, they are all retuning for another chance at improving their overall standings. Everyone is also looking forward to the charity auction and gala presentation dinner, in the Raffles Marina ballroom on Saturday night, to raise funds for Sailability Singapore, as part of a global initiative to enrich the lives of people living with physical disabilities.

Coming off the back of winning the combined IRC SMU President’s Cup last weekend, Jonathan Mahony's Humphries 42R Zanzibar has a commanding lead in the IRC A class and expects to continue in the same vein. Only one point separates Esben Poulsson's ESSE 750 Petit Bateau and Chris Furness Elan 410 Rikki Tikki Tavi to fight over the podium places.

Second place in the SMU President's Cup and first in the IRC B class, has advanced Collin Lim's Platu 25 SMUve to the top of the leaderboard. Early leader Koh Ling Ying's Platu 25 SMUmad is only one point behind and looking forward to the final races to clinch the title. Pascal Radue's X99 Born In Fire and Gordon Maxted's Young 840 Shoon Fung Too will be fighting over the third step on the podium and as the drop race comes into play, it could be the determining factor at the end of racing.

After a mistake in the first race, Glen O'Grady's Young 88 O'Blueyes has won three PY races in a row and comfortably settling into this style of racing. Simon Connors Sapphire Star is only one point behind and the defending champion, Merry Andrew Paul's Hanse 415 Night Train is two points further adrift. A Iot will depend on the number of races they run and when the drop race comes into play.

Coming into the final day of the SB20 - SMU Presidents Cup last weekend, Jeremy Chase's Glasgow Kiss helmed by Aaron 'Capt Rehab' Taunt, held a one point lead over Stanley Chan's SSF 1. Never out of the top five places, Chase's Glasgow Kiss and Chan's SSF 1 traded places in four races and ended up with only one point difference, for Glasgow Kiss to narrowly clinch the title. This weekend the pointscore carry's over for the SB20 class title and we can expect some action in the 18 strong fleet. Although Xu Yuan Zhen's SSF 4 is trailing the leader by 14 points, there is gang of boats that will be eyeing off third place on the podium.

Goto AY Photo GalleryFour wins and three second places for Deborah Barker's Corsair 750 Deb Dash gives them a healthy six point lead in the Multihull Class. Early leaders, Scott McCook's sister ship Foreign Talent had to sit out two races, while they repaired a damaged spinnaker and weather permitting aim to rebound if the full racing program can be completed. Tim Hill's family run Sprint Corsair Cicak could take over second spot and Michael Chia's sistership Eeepai will be aiming to take over the third step on the podium.

Goto AY Photo GalleryIf your in Singapore and looking for some thrills and spills on Saturday afternoon, take a drive down to Raffles Marina in Tuas and claim a spot on the breakwater overlooking the courses.

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