20th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2017

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AY Race Report 1

Mixed fortunes on opening day...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 19th: With the breeze favouring the Southerly quadrant, the courses were set across the Johor Strait, making for short windward/leeward races. It also fluctuated between 5 to 10 knots and changed in direction with scattered showers, the occasional sand barge and Malaysian ferry's plying through the courses, made it an interesting day. Both race committees persisted and three races for the racing classes and four for the others were completed. Six windsurfing classes and Access 2.3's for disabled sailors, opened their accounts and by the end of the day, all the youthful exuberance shown at the morning race briefing, was replaced with up and down results and what to do tomorrow to improve the standings.

Despite a grudge match lining up between defending champion Jonathan Mahony's Humphries 42R Zanzibar and Mathew Master's Mills 41 Ambush skippered by Bruce Anson, at the end of the day Esben Poulsson's ESSE 750 Petit Bateau joined in with 1, 2, 3 score lines, for the three yachts to be tied on six points and sharing the IRC A lead. Tomorrow the long passage race for the SMU President’s Cup will sort the men from the boys and Anson predicts to they will be standing on the top step of the podium.

Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere opened up proceedings with three bullets to take the overall lead in the IRC B class by a healthy margin. Mixed results down the order saw Pascal Radue's X99 Born In Fire with a 2, 3, 3 score line, to end up in 2nd overall and Gordon Maxted's Young 840 Shoon Fung Too 4, 4, 2 score take up 3rd overall, in front of the highly fancied SMU Farr Platu 25's, Clement Lim's SMUve and Rebecca Goh on SMUmad, in 4th and 5th respectively.

One of the smallest yachts in the fleet, Scott Lip's Maxi 77 Ambindi opened up the series with three bullets to surprisingly lead the PY Class with a clean sheet. Glen O'Grady's heavy displacement Wauquiez 40 Windancer slots into 2nd overall, with Graeme Hespe's CS36 Jens Jaunt consistently scoring 3rd places to slot into 3rd overall. As per usual the PY handicap system comes under fire by the skippers that missed out on the podium, especially Low Chin Nam's Cork 1770 Xtra Mile that took line honours in all three races.

Hitting the start line in clear air and with speed, seems to be the winning move for Nils Ramilovic on Jeremy Chase's Glasgow Kiss and rounding the top mark in front is the magic formula to extend the lead, as 19 teams crowd each other out in their wake. Four wins gives Glasgow Kiss an incredible lead at this early stage and well on the way to defend the title. Aaron Taunt's Tara stay in the mix with a 2, 4, 2, 5 score line to secure 2nd overall, with Tan Wei Chong's SSF trailing one point behind in 3rd overall.

Jonathan Yeo's RSYC Dua got the best of the J24 class with four wins on the trot, to stake out an early lead. Amanda Ng's Shengli followed suite with 2nd places and Zaheera Hashim Balqis with 3rd places, to set out the stall in the J24 one-design stakes.

A mix up in the mark rounding's in the first race set a president for the next races and Deborah Barker's defending champion The Dash went on to secure 4 wins and take a handy lead in the early stages in the Multihull Class. Carrying 7th places Shaun Norris Dash 750 MK2 Witblits scored four 2nd places to end up in second overall and Michael Chia's Sprint Eeepai holds onto 3rd overall. This is not over yet and expect some changes as the others hit their straps, as conditions are expected to change in their favour.

The six windsurfing classes and Access 2.3's for disabled sailors, have started with a vengeance and continue tomorrow with the Inter-Tertiary Windsurfing Championship (ITWC) 2017 to their conclusion. While the combined IRC A & B contest the SMU President’s Cup on an extended passage race, down the Tuas breakwater and back, the SB20 International Cup will be crowned with the title.

This year, a silent auction featuring 2 limited edition whale sculptures by Artheline, each signed and numbered by the artist and accompanied with a certificate of authenticity. These unique and much sought after art pieces were generously donated by Art Porters Singapore, and all proceeds will go towards helping Sailability. The silent auction will be on-going for all 3 days of the event, and the winning bidder will be announced during the Closing Dinner.

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