21st SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2018

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AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Fun and games to finish up with...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 18th: Although the morning started with scattered showers, by the midday start time, a 10 knot SSW'ly greeted the sailors. Heavy displacement yacht skippers that prayed for stronger breeze during the week, were answered with a solid 15 knots, half way through the first race. Must be careful what you wish for, as the breeze backed to the South and came across the Johor Strait and turned into a soldiers course, with a one tack drag race upwind and follow the leader downwind. Several collisions, late spinnaker drops turned into wide mark rounding's, bad judgment in the strong incoming tide, caused several yachts to hit the top mark and interlocking top masts in the SB20 class, were only some of the incidents witnessed from the media boat. The outstanding protest from last week was dismissed and the claim for redress was also disallowed, so the fleet started the day with the same finishing order, carried over to today's final showdown. Capture the action in the AY Photo Gallery...

Jonathan Mahony praised the Zanzibar crew with "When the going gets tough, the tough get going" for winning three races and securing the IRC A title, with the experience they have gained over the years. Justin Lean's youthful Invictus crew, couldn't match Zanzibar's crew work and pace, to settle on 2nd overall, on their first outing at the Western Circuit. Although Low Chin Nam's Cork 1720 Xtra Mile was outclassed in present company, they enjoyed some great bursts of speed under spinnaker, that made up for being relegated to 3rd overall.

Although Gordon Maxted's Young 840 Shoon Fung Too got up on the plane in the fresh conditions to score three wins, Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere did enough last weekend to defend the IRC B class title and after the protest was dismissed, were also awarded the President's Cup for their troubles. As Shoon Fung Too climbs up into 2nd overall, Pascal Radue's X99 Born in Fire put up a good fight but is relegated to 3rd overall.

Although John Boers Holland 44 Sangaree didn't have it all their own way today, their three wins last weekend keeps them at the top of the PY Class and claim the title on their first attempt. Michael Teo's Olson 911SE Arbudhen may have slipped of the pace, but they also hold onto 2nd overall. The race wins were shared by the back markers, Filzah Aziz's Maxi 77 Ambindi and Dieter Trau's Jeanneau Sun Fiz 42 Watermelon and further juggling of the places helped to improve their standings, while James Sharpe's Moody 365 Southern Light enjoyed the heavy going, to hold onto 3rd overall.

Last weekend Jeremy Chase's Glasgow Kiss defended the SB20 International Cup, but a change in crew to include his wife, dropped them down the order, as well as interlocking the mast to record DNF in the last race, did not deter them from recording the narrowest of victories in the SB20 Class. While Xu Yuanzhen's SSF 7 shared the wins with Stanley Chan's SSF 8 and same score line today, by dropping a 17th place Yuanzhen's SSF 7 leap frogs Chan's SSF 8 into 2nd overall and relegates them to 3rd overall.

Despite Zaheera Hashim's Balqis hitting the mark and again as they were making their penalty turn, plus obstructed Christian Chang's Shengli in the process, they managed to recover and claim the J24 Class title by one point from Chang's Shengli. Lim Yi Fei's RSYC Satu could only watch as the dueling leaders fought it out and 3rd place is the best they could do in the circumstances.

Despite some equipment breakages, sloppy crew work and doing everything to lose a race, Scott McCook's Dash 750 Dinghao still managed to win three races and in doing so, has kept a clean sheet with 11 wins, to claim the Multihull Class title in a canter. Once again Deborah Barker's Abra Ca Deborah Too helmed by Cambell Jenkins and Clive Van Onselen's Dashboot traded 2nd and 3rd places, with Abra Ca Deborah Too coming out on top, to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Despite being overlooked in Race Report 3, we are not done with the Access 2.3's for disabled sailors. Yap Qian Yin was back on the water and taking no prisoners, winning all 15 races, to defend the title she won in a similar fashion and cement her name firmly on the trophy again, in fine style. Racking up a row of 2nd places, Aaron Per secured 2nd overall and Ng Xiu Zhen came through to take 3rd overall.

Summary
Can't help being impressed with the youthful exuberance expressed by the SMU organisational and sailing abilities, but the ever increasing restriction of the sailing waters, are causing some concern. A new shipping port being constructed on the Singapore side, anchored dredging ship in the middle of the course and increased ferry and barge traffic, have reduced the sailing area, increased the current strength and constantly forcing the sailors to keep an eye out for clear water and wind.

Despite all this, a unique partnership has grown between sport and academia in Singapore and judging by the skills obtained, interest shown, is proving to be a useful learning curve and life experience, that develops youngsters into well-rounded individuals, must continue into the future. For the past 8 years Professor Arnoud De Meyer has been the President of SMU and supported the regatta as co-host but this year is retiring and a special presentation was made in his honour.

The charity auction held at the gala presentation dinner, raised Sing$7550.95 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.

The dates were set for next year at 17th, 18th, 24th August and all sailors are invited to attend.

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