10th Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2007
AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Final countdown reveals all...
Race five got underway in a light 7 to 8 knots of South Westerly breeze. It was not long before a passing storm whipped up the conditions on the final lap and produced for some a passing lane and others a hairy downwind ride to the finish. The brisk conditions stayed in for the remainder of the day which saw the conclusion of the regatta sailed in front of Raffles Marina in champagne sailing conditions. Four IRC A yachts were a little to keen to get away on race six and were recalled for being over the line. All that remained was for the committee to calculate the results and announce the overall class winners at the gala reception up in the ballroom.

IRC A
Jeff Davison's Mumm 30 Panic continued on their winning ways to stamp his domination on the Singapore racing scene with two more wins today and claim overall victory with five wins out of six races. Gordon Maxted Shoon Fung Too clung onto second overall despite two third places today. Last weeks SMU President’s Cup winner Keith Dunn's Lunchcutter II held onto third place overall after two forth places in the final races. Bill Bremner's Foxy Lady III has experienced some bad luck through out the regatta but made a big comeback with two second places after playing catchup for being over the startline to finish a creditable fourth at the end of the regatta.

IRC B
SMU's Renfred Tay's Platu 25 SMUve held a slim lead coming into the final races and by finishing with a first and third did enough to hang onto first place overall. Hellmut Schutte's Elan 340 Aquavit IV tried desperately to get as far as possible in front of the Platu 25 but after trading second and first places found them just one point short and in second place overall. Peter Forbes on Next Page stayed close on their tails taking a third and second but could not improve on third place overall.

J24 One Design
Vladimir Borstnar's Angel held a commanding lead coming into the final races but had come increasingly under pressure from Tim Tan's Juno. Leading of the start line Angel was soon challenged by Juno who held a close lead for most the race until the last hundred meters from the finish when Angel slightly to windward picked up a wave and surfed by to claim first place by less than a boat length. Next race the roles were reversed but Vladimir Borstnar's Angel had done enough to claim first place overall. After a bad start to the regatta Lee Sea Yean's Jangan Main Main stayed in contact with the leaders and two third places today puts them in third overall.

SB3 One Design
This rapidly growing class is one of the reasons why one design racing is becoming the talk of the town and rejuvenating sailing interest in Singapore. After a few up and down performances Richard Killip's crew on Hamster Hammock hammered home the advantage with two wins to help themselves to overall victory. In the early races Hans Hviee's Compass Rising scored a few wins but an OCS and sixth and third today sees them drop back to second overall. Sean Cox on Komodo has improved throughout the event and two second places brings them a third place on the podium.

PY Class
Blake Deberry's No Alibi has dominated the class from the very first race. Despite withdrawing from the passage race they made up with a first and second place to score a resounding overall victory. John Ramsden's mixed results on Sofa So Good has enabled them to round out the day with second place on the podium. Scoring first place in the last race has elevated Bill Hamlen's Tropical Beaver into third overall. Gallant efforts by Timo Bretschneider's Wild Thing and Jovin Tan's Skud 18 came a little to late to have any affect on the overall standings.

OTB Multihulls
James Cole A Class Cat Full Noise is by far the fastest and best sailed multihull on the water. Finishing with three firsts and three second places puts him on the top of the podium. These nippy lightweight catamarans seem to pop up everywhere and Nicholas Hart's Taipan 4.9 was no exception and missed out being top cat by one point at the end of racing. Not far behind Martin Pickrodt's Taipan 4.9 has consistently scored four third places to end up third overall

Summary
It just does not get much better than this. Wind conditions ranging from light to very heavy going is a good test on the sailors ability to handle the boat in all conditions. For crews going onto other events latter in the year, this outing should put them in sync with one another and just maybe the ingredient required to stimulate them onto bigger and better performances in the future. The resurgence in one design racing has kept the sailors on their toes and proves that a bigger boat is not needed to win but a well drilled racing team that concentrates on boat speed is an important factor in obtaining the most fun out of yacht racing.

The Singapore Management University (SMU) team must be commended for their sponsorship and organizational roles as with out them there possibly would not be an event at all. Having several teams out on the water has encouraged other boats that have been dormant for some years to join in and produce the resurgence of keelboat sailing pursuits especially amongst the youth that will no doubt bear fruit in the future.

WCSR 07 results available at: http://www.westerncircuit.com/


10th Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2007

AY Race Report 3

Crews ready to pounce on final day
All skippers and crew are poised for the third and final day of racing at Raffles Marina. Although the points for the podium places would seem to be decided there are two races to go and the drop race is yet to be included into the scoring. Most boats have suffered from a bad race and by being able to drop that result may have a big effect on the overall standings by the end of the day. The two windward/leeward races will also sort the men from the boys and as to who goes home with the silverware. Can the top scorers go on and repeat their performance? Consistency usually brings the best results.

Light wind and sunny conditions at breakfast time on the balcony but what will the afternoon bring? Last week a huge thunder storm descended on the fleet as they ran under spinnaker towards the finish line. Leading yachts Foxy Lady III and Panic got into allot of trouble as photos just received show. At this time of the year the weather can be quite unpredictable as local storms can build up quite quickly. Some crews have been working feverishly to repair the damage from last week.

On Sunday 26th a Beneficiary Race will be held with proceeds going to a charity to be advised. Everyone is welcome to attend and rides on participating boats can be arranged.

The Singapore Management University (SMU) organising team are all set up for the final onslaught and are proud to co-organise the 10th Western Circuit Sailing Regatta with Raffles Marina. The two weekends so far have produced exhilarating racing, great parties and lots of fun. Tonight's prize presentation in the ballroom is expected to do the same and conclude the regatta with lots of back slapping entertainment.

WCSR 07 results available at: http://www.westerncircuit.com/


10th Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2007

AY Race Report 2

Storm produces mixed results on second racing day.
The ominous dark clouds gathering over the second crossing did not dishearten the sailors on 43 boats in contention for the inaugural SMU President’s Cup challenge and Race 4 of this years Western Circuit Sailing Regatta. The start line became extremely crowded with 3 starts for 6 classes, which saw Lunchcutter, Aquavit IV, Next Page and Sofa So Good setting the pace in the early stages. In the J24 class Juno and Angel were all over each other trying to get the better of the second start.

As the race progressed towards the upwind mark, the usual suspects, Bill Bremner's Foxy Lady and Jeff Davison's Panic raced to the front of the fleet. In the IRC B class, Hellmut Schutte's Aquavit IV was first to round, followed by Next Page and Solarmax. The SB3’s Compass Rising and Komodo were close behind and hot on the heels of the big boats. Coming back with a vengeance from playing second fiddle to Vladimir Borstnar's J24 Angel in all three races last week, Tim Tan's Juno set a blazing pace, caught up with some SB3’s and even ahead of a few IRC B boats. Unfortunately, things were not that smooth sailing in the Multihull division when a catamaran capsized, shortly after the start and the current swept them all the way to the bridge before being rescued.

Spinnakers bloomed after each boat rounded Mark 1 but as the wind increased in strength it caused many boats to broach out of control. An unfortunate SB3 sporting a white spinnaker met a strong gust and the spinnaker gave way. It was one of many boats that had trouble with their spinnakers. Shengli’s spinnaker got nicked in the wind causing them to slow and allow RSYC Dua to overtake them before rounding the second mark.

As the storm was brewing at a fast pace it forced the skippers to decide whether or not to lower their spinnakers and sail with genoa's or continue on flying their kites. The impending storm took its toll on some of the boats at the second mark. Mark Jewell's Dogs IV broke the mast, leaving them stranded in the rain that was getting stronger by the minute. The wet hounds were not the only ones braving the storm. James Cole on Full Noise was leading the Multihulls up to the first upwind mark. However, after rounding the second mark, capsized just as the rain came pouring down and the rest of the race became a very cold and dreary affair.

Yachts with asymmetric spinnakers seemed to handle the conditions better. A daring move by Keith Dunn's Lunchcutter saw them gamble on a flyer that came off as they closed right in on the leaders at the finish line and added the inaugural SMU President’s Cup to their trophy cabinet. Bob Comstock Compass Rising came in a close second only 19 seconds off the money and takes the overall lead in the SB3 class. Jeff Davison's Panic scored third place on the day but maintains his place at the top of the IRC A leaderboard.

On a lighter note, being the SMU President’s Cup Race, sailors wore fancy clothes to be in contention for the Best Dressed Crew award. Gordon Maxted's Shoon Fung Too crew substituted their sailing gloves for white Mickey Mouse ones and pink t-shirts to match the new spinnaker that won them the award. Sapphire Star added some tropical flavor with Hawaiian print shirts and Next Page came in full-force with royal blue shirts and tinsel garlands.

Also to celebrate the inaugural event a MOU was signed between SMU and Raffles Marina to provide a home for the Universities sailing activities, boats and racing teams for the next three years.

Racing continues next weekend with two windward / leeward races on Sat 25th that will decide the overall winners and bring a conclusion to this years Western Circuit. On Sunday 26th a Beneficiary Race will be held with proceeds going to a charity to be advised. Everyone is welcome to attend and rides on participating boats can be arranged.

WCSR 07 results available at: http://www.westerncircuit.com/


10th Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2007

AY Race Report 1

A fusion of colour in the Johore Straits...
Forty different colored spinnakers certainly brightened up a gray hazy day offshore from Raffles Marina. The 8-10 knot South Westerly increased through the afternoon which made a pleasant day of racing, so the race committee took the opportunity to complete three races for all classes. Some were not so lucky a broken mast and a grounding in the off the beach multihull class, several late spinnaker drops got some crews into trouble, a couple of high speed mid course collisions, strong out going current saw a few premature starters, port / starboard startline incidents and Foxy Lady III mainsail tore in half during Race 2 bringing an end to their overall chances. Each class had their "down down" to endure at the prize giving. All in all an exhilarating and exciting day on the water seemed to be had by all.

IRC A
Jeff Davison's Panic is the up and coming star in Singapore's racing class. After securing race one on their own merits they went on and claimed the next two races after his biggest rival Bill Bremner's Foxy Lady III had to withdraw with a broken mainsail. Gordon Maxted lifted Shoon Fung Too's performance with a new pink spinnaker to leap into second overall with a 3, 2, 3 scoreline. Mark Jewell's Dogs IV crew were quick to take advantage of Bill's demise and secured third overall.

Bill Bremner's quote of the day by SMS - "We'd been a bit worried about this main and did some repairs on it yesterday but after almost 90 races, it doesn't owe us a thing. To bad because we had a leg up on Panic in Race 2" - I'm afraid that's yacht racing Bill.

IRC B
With only seconds separating the boats on corrected time Renfred Tay's Platu 25 SMUve, the smallest boat in the class out did his bigger opponents to score three wins out of three races. Hellmut Schutte's Elan 340 Aquavit IV may have led the boats around the course but not by enough and had to settle on three second places. Peter Forbes newly painted Next Page completed the trifecta with three third places and expects to go better on the passage race next weekend.

J24 One Design
Vladimir Borstnar's crew on Angel continues to dominate this class by scoring three bullets on the day. Tim Tan's Juno with a 2, 3, 3 scoreline was the closest anyone got to Angel to end up with second overall. Lee Sea Yean's Jangan Main Main managed to stay in contact with the leaders but a sixth place in race 2 left them with third overall and seven boats trailing with a mixed bag of results.

SB3 One Design
Richard Killip not only sponsored the after race beer but also sailed Hamster Hammock into three second places to end the day in first overall. After a couple of mid order starts Bob Comstock fired up the crew on Compass Rising and capitalised on a few others mistakes to score two wins but being over the start line in Race 2 saw them drop back to second overall in the pointscore. Misjudging the finish line to end up fifth in race one, Neil Semple's crew on Over There made up for it by scoring two third places to keep them in the running with third overall.

PY Class
Blake Deberry on No Alibi kept his bow clean and rounded out the day with three first places to go top of the class by the end of racing. Bill Hamlen's Tropical Beaver wisely restarted after being over the line and with a 2, 3, 4 scoreline, happily holds onto second overall. Timo Bretschneider's Wild Thing also corrected a few earlier mistakes to claim third place overall. Jovin Tan on the disabled Skud 18 had a bad day by misinterpreting the sailing instructions in Race 1 and like John Ramsden's Sofa So Good and Simon Conner's Sapphire Star got penalized for being over the start line and not retuning in Race 2 to end up at the bottom of the order.

OTB Multihulls
These nippy lightweight catamarans not only make a few monohulls look like they are standing still but their sheer speed can get them into allot of trouble in a mixed fleet. James Cole has a good hold on his A Class Cat Full Noise to take line honours on all three races but after handicaps have been applied he had to concede two races to Nicholas Hart's Taipan 4.9 to finish up tied on points at the end of the day. Jon Veel managed to keep his Nacra Inter 17 on track, despite scoring an OCS in Race 2, firmly takes on third place overall.

More WCSR 07 info and results when available at: http://www.westerncircuit.com/


10th Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2007

AY Pre-Regatta Report

All classes open for the taking...
Thirty seven yachts in six classes will face the starters orders when racing gets underway for the 10th Western Circuit Sailing Regatta at Raffles Marina in Singapore this weekend. The series takes part over three consecutive weekends on the western approaches to Singapore and if the expected SW tradewinds at this time of the year, are in, the racing can be held directly in front of the marina for spectators to enjoy from the breakwater. One design classes are gaining popularity with ten J24's and seven Laser SB3's making up nearly half the fleet.

The diverse IRC Class ranges from Renfred Tay's Platu 25 SMUve, Dickon Addis JS9000 Roo, Jeff Davison's Mumm 30 Panic, Hellmut Schutte's Elan 340 Aquavit IV right through to Bill Bremner's Sydney 40 Foxy Lady III and Fredrick Roswold's Serendipity 43 Wings. The committee have broken the class into A and B but as they start at the same time and sail the same course both are in the running to be crowned overall champions. Recently at the Koh Samui Regatta Foxy Lady III crew excelled to win the IRC Racing Class, Panic won the IRC 1 Class on count back and after a close tussle Aquavit IV reigned supreme in the IRC 2 class. Based on these results the series is open for the taking and could end up in the lap of any one of the entered yachts.

PY Class has attracted six entrants with John Ramsden's Elan Impression 43 Sofa So Good, winner at the RLIR 07 being top of the list. Simon Connor's Sapphire Star, Timo Bretschneider's Christian Stinson Wild Thing and Blake Deberry's Jeanneau No Alibi will be doing their best to keep Sofa So Good honest and within sight. Singapore's champion disabled sailor Jovin Tan has entered a Skud 18 and based on past performances could be on the podium at the end of the series.

The revival of the J24 One Design Class comes at a time when small keelboat classes have been included into regional games. Many yacht clubs, state associations and national authorities in Asia are interested in forming teams to contest a variety of future fleet and match racing events being planned. Going through the entry list there are some previous winners here and top performing boats from past Singapore Straits Regatta's. Being theoretically equal in design it will all come down to the best prepared boat and crew that eventually stands on top of the podium.

The upsurge in One Design racing has seen a rapid growth in Laser SB3 ownership in Singapore. Several semi retired sailors have been attracted to the more sporty class and going one on one has a special appeal of its own. Bob Comstock and Neil Semple are names that have appeared before and over the years preformed with distinction in other keel boat classes will be the ones to watch.

Four off the beach catamarans are expected to have a good battle. Two nippy Taipan 4.9's skippered by Martin Pickrodt and Nicholas Hart will be taking on Jon Veel's Nacra Inter 17 and James Cole A Class Cat. The performance differential between the three designs is quite significant, so weather conditions and handicaps will play a big part in determining the overall outcome.

The Singapore Management University (SMU) is proud to co-organise the 10th Western Circuit Sailing Regatta with Raffles Marina. It is one of Singapore’s largest keelboat sailing regattas comprising three weekends of exhilarating racing, great parties and lots of fun as the SMU undergraduates inject their signature vibrancy and enthusiasm in this first-ever organisation of a full blown regatta in collaboration with Raffles Marina.

More WCSR 07 info and results when available at: http://www.westerncircuit.com/

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