19th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2016

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AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Victory for Zanzibar, SMUve, O'Blueyes, Glasgow Kiss & Deb Dash
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 20th: On the last day of racing sailors were greeted with the clearest day seen in Singapore for some time, blue sky and a 10 knot South Westerly blowing down the West Johor Strait. This enabled the Race Officers on both courses to set true windward/leeward courses and complete three races to wrap up the series. At the morning assembly the sailors were looking forward to a good day of racing, to improve their standings and complete the regatta in fine style.

In his own words Jonathan Mahony stated "We've been known to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory" but this time the Humphries 42R Zanzibar, claimed three more daily doubles, to win the IRC A class at a canter and with a clean sheet. A run of second places for Chris Furness Elan 410 Rikki Tikki Tavi elevated them into second place and relegated Esben Poulsson's ESSE 750 Petit Bateau third overall. To cap it all off, Mahony's Zanzibar also won the SMU President's Cup last weekend, to make it a trifecta of trophies and something worth celebrating for weeks to come.

Last weekend Collin Lim's Platu 25 SMUve claimed second place in the combined SMU President's Cup and bumped themselves up, into the overall IRC B class lead. They traded 1st and 2nd places with Koh Ling Ying's Platu 25 SMUmad and despite both being called OCS in the second race today, Lim's SMUve goes on to claim the title by one point. In their absence Pascal Radue's X99 Born In Fire claimed the win in Race 2 and having a run of 3rd places goes on to take third spot on the podium. Gordon Maxted's Young 840 Shoon Fung Too went up and down the placing's, to settle in 4th place at the end of the day.

Despite the defending champion, Simon Connors Sapphire Star taking two wins today, it wasn't enough to overcome Glen O'Grady's Young 88 O'Blueyes for the PY class title. They drop the first race 6th place and four wins in the earlier races, is enough to win the class, at the first time of asking. A couple of line honours for Merry Andrew Paul's Hanse 415 Night Train is a good effort, but not being able to convert to handicap wins, leaves them in third overall.

The top contenders in the SB20 class, were separated by only one point in the SB20 - SMU Presidents Cup last weekend and came into today's final expecting another showdown. Defending champion Jeremy Chase's Glasgow Kiss helmed by Aaron 'Capt Rehab' Taunt opened with a win in the first race but 4th place in the second race, opened the door for Stanley Chan's SSF 1 to take the overall lead. It all depended on the final race to settle the outcome. Two general recalls and a delay to reset the course to the wind direction, had them nervously waiting to get away. Several boats were individually recalled and three intense laps called, to sort them out. SSF 1 put in another solid performance and gave Glasgow Kiss a run for their money. However Chase's Glasgow Kiss came back to win the race and secure the SB20 title by 3 points from Chan's SSF 1. Xu Yuan Zhen's SSF 4 won Race 2 today to hold onto 3rd overall.

Two point to point races around channel markers, decided the Multihull class title. Deborah Barker's Corsair 750 Deb Dash traded 1st and 2nd places with Scott McCook's sister ship Foreign Talent, to keep their scores the same and granted Barker's Deb Dash the title. McCook's Foreign Talent never recovered from two Did Not Compete (DNC) after they repaired the torn spinnaker last week. Tim Hill's family run Sprint Corsair Cicak traded 3rd and 4th places with 86 year old Michael Chia's sistership Eeepai to take 3rd overall and 4th respectively.

A new three year extension was signed by Raffles Marina and the Singapore Management University to ensure the regattas future. This is a unique partnership between sport and academia over 12 years. Judging by the youthful exuberance and learning skills obtained by the voluntary students, it is proving to be a useful learning curve and life experience to take home with them.

The charity auction held at the gala presentation dinner, raised Sing$8,184 for Sailability Singapore, goes a long way to purchasing new boats and is an integral part of this regatta, as a global initiative to enrich the lives of people living with physical disabilities.

Unfortunately government waterway restrictions and security concerns is killing big boat racing in Singapore. Time and time again, the permissible MPA racing ground for regattas is shrinking and top racing boats are staying away. It’s still ok for 36-40ft race boats, cruiser/racers having a good time and smaller SB20 & multihull's, if you don't require perfect W/L courses or mind short passage races around channel markers. These days special permission is required to have a regatta and lay marks of the course in Singapore and sail in Malaysian waters. There is no solution to this and boat owners just have to live with it. That being said, it's the best Singapore can offer in a competitive environment and still lots of fun, if it suits your style of racing.

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