20th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2017

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Final showdown at Western Circuit...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 25th: Although some classes have run away leaders, the fight for podium places and bragging rights, continue into the final day of the Western Circuit. With 3 and 4 races scheduled and the drop race introduced, expect to see some juggling of the order, that will ultimately determine the overall placing's. The SSE flow is also predicted to continue, in the 8 to 12 knot range with occasional showers and will even the playing field for the displacement yachts. Whatever happens, celebrations will take place at the gala dinner, auction and prize presentation, throughout Saturday evening in the Raffles Marina ballroom. Follow the action in the AY Photo Gallery

Only 2 points separate 1st to 3rd places in the IRC A Class. By claiming the SMU Presidents Cup last weekend, Mathew Master's Mills 41 Meraki (Ambush) skippered by Bruce Anson, broke the three way tie with Zanzibar and Petit Bateau, to end up with a one point lead over Jonathan Mahony's Humphries 42R Zanzibar, going into the final rounds. The question is - Will the big boats trip up at the start line again before powering away or will Esben Poulsson's ESSE 750 Petit Bateau stay in touch, around the tight windward/leeward courses to snatch victory?

There is no faulting Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere every move, as they have won all four IRC B races and carry six points lead over Pascal Radue's X99 Born In Fire, into the final day. Familiar foes, Gordon Maxted's Young 840 Shoon Fung Too is tied on 15 points with Clement Lim's SMUve and Rebecca Goh's SMUmad sitting one point behind on 16, will indulge in a three way fight for 3rd overall.

In the PY Class, Scott Lip's Maxi 77 Ambindi opened with 3 wins but not finishing the long race, leaves them tied on 10 points, with Graeme Hespe's CS36 Jens Jaunt for the lead. If Ambindi can return to form over the short courses and the drop race comes into play, they could claim their first title. Only 3 points separate Jens Jaunt, Glen O'Grady's Wauquiez 40 Windancer and Low Chin Nam's Cork 1770 Xtra Mile. They will have to gang up to topple the leader, while fighting over the remaining podium spots.

Winning seven of the eight SB20 races last weekend, earned Jeremy Chase's Glasgow Kiss helmed by Nils Ramilovic, the SB20 International Cup and something untoward would need to happen, to loose the overall SB20 title from here. Despite the results, it came down to a three way fight, in the 17 strong fleet, between Glasgow Kiss, Aaron Taunt's Tara and Tan Wei Chong's SSF, that ended up tied on 19 points for 2nd and 3rd places. As they are 15 points in front of 4th placed Christian Englet's Pocapena, the battle for the podium places will go down to the last race.

New on the racing scene, Jonathan Yeo's RSYC Dua, won 8 races on the trot last weekend and are predicted to run away with the J24 title. Amanda Ng's Shengli and Zaheera Hashim Balqis have traded 2nd and 3rd places, with Shengli taking a four point advantage and all to play for, in the remaining podium places.

Despite being the original Dash 750 in Singapore, Deborah Barker's renamed Abra Ca Deborah Too still has the speed to win 8 races and well on the way to defending the Multihull title. A couple of bad races, leaves Shaun Norris Dash 750 MK2 Witblits trailing by 13 points in 2nd place. At 80 plus years old Michael Chia's Sprint 750 Eeepai has mixed results, up and down the order to hold onto 3rd overall, and if they maintain consistency cold move up into 2nd overall.

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