22nd SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2019

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Winners are grinners at 22nd SMU-RM Western Circuit
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 24th 2019, Raffles Marina, Singapore: During the week a skippers consensus was taken, on extending the number of races beyond the advertised schedule, resulted in sticking to the original program but the remaining IRC A & B, PY and Multihull class races, were extended to include another 16nm passage race, outside of the Western Johor Strait, along the Tuas Port reclamation area and back. Although most the classes have run away leaders, it didn't stop the others having a go at them, while settling the remaining podium places and earning bragging rights for another year. A 10 to 12 knot Southerly breeze, with a sunny but hazy outlook, set the stage for the high noon showdown and proceeded along at a fast clip, to draw the curtain on the 22nd edition, in grand style. Check out the AY Photo Gallery

Once again Steve Manning and Paul OMalley's A40 RC Red Rum got away in clear air, with speed from the start line and on what turned into a long windward/leeward course, outclassed Low Chin Nam's smaller Cork 1720 Xtra Mile, in every department, to make it a clean 7 race sweep, in the IRC A class and take the title on their first attempt.

Although Kurt Metzger's Nelson 10 Waka Tere won all six races last weekend, they tacked off early at the crowded start line and missed the left hand shift, to be trailing the IRC B class at the windward mark. They worked hard on coming back during the long legs and managed to slot into the lead by a couple minutes, at the finish. They also clean sweeped the field with seven wins and took home the combined SMU President's Cup last weekend, plus have defended the title three times in a row. With a row of 2nd places Gordon Maxted's Young 840 Shoon Fung Too couldn't overcome the leaders and settled on 2nd overall. Third place for SMU Farr Platu 25, SMUve skippered by Tay Wei Jie, Joel brings them onto 3rd place on the podium and bumps Simon Piff's Lavranos 34 Rainbow Dream and SMUMAD skippered by Bernice Foo Ling Li down to 4th and 5th respectively.

Two short passage races for the PY Class, were greeted with delight and suitable for the style of yachts competing. Although Michael Teo's Olson 911SE Arbudhen, knocked off the leader, John Boers Holland 44 Sangaree in both races, it comes to late in proceedings and they couldn't stop the defending champion from taking the title again. This elevated Olson's Arbudhenn to 2nd overall for their efforts. Koh Yi Qian's Platu 25 Boreas managed to squeeze into 3rd place on the first race, but 7th place in the second race, opened the door for Glen O'Grady's Waquiez Pilot Saloon 40 Windancer, to take over 3rd overall and drop Boreas to 4th overall.

The SMU International Cup was decided last weekend and as racing continued today, the points were added onto the score and determined the overall SB20 class title. Two series and two bites at the cherry. Jeremiah Guo's Xtra Mile 2 resounding victory by claiming the SMU International Cup last weekend, gave them a head start today. Once again crowded starts and recovering on the first beat, went a long way to securing victory. On the first two races, Guo's Xtra Mile 2 with National and Olympic crew onboard, had to dig their way out of the pack and by finishing both races in 2nd place, mathematically won the SB20 Series, on their first attempt as a team and didn't need to compete in the remaining races.

Different winners on the four races and having two drop races, severely juggled the SB20 order. Not finishing worse than 4th place, Jonathan Yeo's Walababy (NUS 1) maintained 2nd overall but 11 points adrift of the winner. Although Magnus Ekbom's Tara (Team Hang Loose) and Magnus Ekbom's Tara (Team Hang Loose) got caught up in the traffic jams and protest hearings, they emerged still in 3rd and 4th overall. Change of crew on the defending champion, Jeremy Chase's Glasgow Kiss resulted in them dropping down the order and ended up in 6th this time.

In the J24 class, Zaheera Hashim's Balqis won three of the four races today and narrowed in on the leader, Chung Pei Quan's Quarterdeck but by winning the last race Quan's Quarterdeck stopped the bleeding and the last ditch effort, to secure the trophy, at the first time of asking. On each race Dillion How's RSYC Dua made improvements and despite finishing 3rd overall, the times are a lot closer than the mixed results show.

There was no stopping Campbell Jenkins on The Dash, after winning five out of six races last weekend, they added another win and not only extend their lead in fine style but also take home the Multihull class trophy. Despite finishing 5th today, Martin Pickrodts Dash 750 Eeepai did enough in the earlier races to hold onto 2nd overall. Second place for Guz Wilkinson/ Deborah Barker's Dash 750 Abra Ca Deborah Too and third place for Michael Chia's brand new Corsair 970 Sports Buay Kao La, allows them to exchange places to end up 3rd and 4th respectively.

While some disabled sailors have been up and down the Access 2.3 class order, Desiree Lim has progressively climbed the rankings, with 2nd and 3rd places, to end up top of the leader board. After a slow Sunday last weekend Marielyn, rebounded with 2nd overall and in doing so, relegated the overnight leader Aaron Per to 3rd overall.

Although the Western Circuit doesn't rank that high on the Asian Regatta scene, it's contribution to developing sailing in Singapore, with a unique 15 year partnership between sport and academia and judging by the skills obtained, is proving to be a useful tool, to develop youngsters into well-rounded individuals. By signing another three year partnership between SMU Provost Professor Timothy Clark and Raffles Marina Director Peter Lim, ensures the regatta will continue into the future.

The charity auction held at the gala presentation dinner, raised Sing$10,452.25 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.

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