22nd SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2019

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AY Race Report 2

Waka Tere wins SMU President's Cup
Triumph for Xtra Mile 2 in SB20 International Cup
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 18th 2019, Raffles Marina, Singapore: At the high noon starting signal, an 8 to 10 knot SSE'ly breeze sent the combined IRC A & B classes on a short windward/leeward course, before joining the PY Class, that had already set sail on a long passage race, outside of the Western Johor Strait, contesting the SMU President's Cup. As the Multihull's don't want to race outside, they continued with 3 windward/leeward races. During the afternoon, the breeze moved to the South and picked up in strength, so the SB20 class maximised their schedule by completing 4 races of the 8 race program for the SMU International Cup, before the Malaysian Marine Police intervened and sent the fleet back to race in Singapore waters. Check out the AY Photo Gallery

As yesterdays winners have emerged as favourites, there seemed to be some cooperation between yachts, to blocking them at the start line and hold them up till they cleared the line. The superior starting procedure on Steve Manning and Paul OMalley's A40 RC Red Rum got them away clear on both races and never looked back. Despite experiencing wind against tide, whipping up a choppy sea outside that would have suited the bigger Red Rum, it was Kurt Metzger's unstoppable Nelson 10 Waka Tere that came through from the IRC B Class, to claim the combined IRC A & B class and lay claim on the SMU President's Cup. Reducing Red Rum to 2nd place and followed by fellow IRC B competitor Gordon Maxted's Young 840 Shoon Fung Too, in 3rd place.

Three wins for Red Rum extends their lead to six wins, over Low Chin Nam's smaller Cork 1720 Xtra Mile, in the two boat IRC A class and wraps up the title, with a day to spare.

Similar situation in the IRC B class, with Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere winning all six races this weekend and will take something untoward happening, for the defending champions, to loose the title from here. Gordon Maxted openly says, that his Young 840 Shoon Fung Too needs stronger breeze to make an impression and try as hard as they have, to secure three 2nd places and stay in 2nd overall. The two SMU Farr Platu 25's, SMUve skippered by Tay Wei Jie, Joel and SMUMAD skippered by Bernice Foo Ling Li both suffered equipment failure and retired from races today and paved the way for Simon Piff's Lavranos 34 Rainbow Dream, to come through and take over 3rd overall and reduce SMUve and SMUMAD to 4th and 5th respectively.

The PY Class, departed on the long passage race and to their surprise when they returned, the PRO held them back for another short windward/leeward race. Despite tripping themselves up in the pre-start, the defending champion John Boers Holland 44 Sangaree, worked their way back into the lead on the long race and claimed another win by only a couple of minutes, in front of Glen O'Grady's Waquiez Pilot Saloon 40 Windancer, in the handicap stakes. Ten seconds latter Genevieve Chase guided her Beneteau Oceanis 50 Sea Monster into 3rd place and the celebrations began. On the second race, Koh Yi Qian's Platu 25 Boreas returned to the top of the podium, with James Sharpe's Moody 365 Southern Light hot on their tail and both had the pleasure of reducing the overall leader, down to third place, on this occasion. This has resulted in a reshuffle in the mid order, but leaves Sangaree as the boat to beat.

Four more races completed in difficult conditions for the eighteen strong SB20 fleet, to make up the 8 race SMU International Cup schedule. After taking a commanding lead yesterday, Jeremiah Guo's Xtra Mile 2 continued on with 3 more wins and 2nd place, to hammer home a resounding victory and claim the SMU International Cup on their first attempt. Jonathan Yeo's Walababy (NUS 1), pushed the leaders all the way and by not finishing worse than 3rd place, have secured 2nd overall by the thinnest of margins. The next three place getters, have scored OCS in races today, which widens the points gap to the leaders, with Magnus Ekbom's Tara (Team Hang Loose) the best of the rest in 3rd overall and tied on points with defending champion Jeremy Chase's Glasgow Kiss settling in 4th this time. Although the SMU International Cup is completed, racing continues next week and points added onto the present scores, to complete the series.

By adding three more J24 class wins and 2nd place to their tally, Chung Pei Quan's Quarterdeck have an insurmountable lead that will take some catching. A row of 2nd places and a last race win when Quarterdeck went to help a SB20 in distress, has enabled Zaheera Hashim's Balqis to keep an edge, in front of Dillion How's RSYC Dua in 3rd overall and still having lots of fun despite the placing.

Campbell Jenkins on The Dash struck gold, with three wins, to extend their lead in the Multihull class. Missing out by a mere two seconds, Martin Pickrodts Dash 750 Eeepai is still carrying an OCS from yesterday and despite being 10 points behind the leader, still holds onto 2nd overall. Guz Wilkinson/ Deborah Barker's Dash 750 Abra Ca Deborah Too is trading places with Michael Chia's brand new Corsair 970 Sports Buay Kao La, in the midfield and holds a slender one point lead, to be 3rd and 4th respectively.

Significant changes have occurred in the Access 2.3 class for disabled sailors. Aaron Per won two out of five races and never finished worse than 4th, to take over the lead, in the ten strong class. Desiree Lim also won two races and ended up tied on 24 points with the leader, but has to settle on 2nd place, as the leader won the last race. Marielyn slips down the order from 2nd to 3rd and trails the leaders by three points but capable of bouncing back.

All seven Windsurfing classes completed the Inter-Tertiary Windsurfing Championship (ITWC) and the 2019 titles were awarded at the evening prize giving ceremony.

Racing continues next Saturday (24th), for IRC, PY, Multihull, SB20, J24 and Access 2.3 classes and finishes up with a charity auction at the gala presentation dinner, in the Raffles Marina ballroom.

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