15th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta : Last chance before curtain comes down..
Thursday, 09 August 2012
After two days of racing, competitors have one day left to improve their standing this year. In some classes the leaders have edged out a healthy lead, while in others only a couple points separate the podium places. The race is on for overall glory and we can expect the skippers that dropped off the pace last weekend, to regain their composure and make a final thrust to recapture their best performance by the end of day. Whilst the battle continues, the biggest winners in the long run are the Singaporean sailors. Most of the top boats have recruited young local crew members and the SMU fielding several yachts has raised the level of competency and confidence to compete on the International stage. Recent Singapore Sailing successes include a complete rout at the Optimist Worlds last month, Rachel Lee and Cecilia Low crowned Women's World 420 Champions this week, plus Colin Cheng and Elizabeth Yen remarkable performance at the London Olympics in the Laser and Laser Radial classes. This gives them something to celebrate on their National Day and bodes well for the future.
While Bill Bremner set the pace on Foxy Lady 6 by winning three out of four races in the IRC A class, Sarab Jeet Singh's Windsikher claimed one win and is three points behind with three races to go. This could prove interesting with the drop race to come and everyone hoping the strong wind blowing yesterday will continue into the weekend. Steve Manning's Walawala 2 could also wedge themselves in between the leaders and provide some separation in determining the eventual outcome.
Gordon Maxted's Shoon Fung Too, is riding high with emotion after scoring two wins and two second places, to lead the IRC B class by a massive twelve points. Despite scoring ten points in the first race of the series, Simon Piff's Rainbow Dream have clawed their way into second overall and will benefit the most when the drop race comes into play. Three boats Ad Smit Power Partners, Fidelis Tan SMUmad and Kurt Metzger Wakatere, are tied on 20 points and vying for third place. As these boats vary considerably in design the final result is dependant on the conditions for the remaining three races.
The beat goes on in the Club Racer class. Desmond Seah/ Michael Teo's Arbudhen holds a slender two point lead over Tobias Arnold No Alibi and Jovin Tan's SKUD 18 are tied on eleven points for second overall. If the up and down placing's continue the final result is dependant on how many races they complete and who benefits the most when the drop race comes into play.
Although not reflected in the entry list or result sheets, there are several corrections to the skippers and boat names in the Corsair Trimaran Class. Scott McCook's The Dash is the only yacht to keep a clean sheet and has completely dominated the class. Except for the first race Uli Braun's Dash Boot has strung together a row of second places to hold second overall. Almost following suite, except for withdrawing in Race 5, Alan Hodges Kaze holds onto third overall and needs to go harder in the remaining races to improve their standing. Rounding out the order is Stuart Birkbeck's newly acquired F31 One Sails, could be a threat at future events when they come to grips with the new ride.
After some adjustments to the Catamaran Class results, Martin Pickrodt's Nacra Carbon 20 Rantanplan is back on the top of the leader board. Greg Smith's Viper F16 Allon5 - Y relinquished top spot to trail the leader by two points. Lin Josua's Viper F16 and Charles Wallace F16 Groovy Baby are tied on seventeen points and will fight it out for third place.
As the big boats were contesting the passage race last weekend, the J 24 and SB20 classes completed four races to bring their tally to seven races.
Daniella Ng's Jangan Main Main posted four wins in a row and went to the top of the J24 leader board, but a slow start to the series has them only one point in front of Winfrid Wong's Shengli in second place. Early leader Goh Jian Guang's Juno have recovered from the collision and if they return to form could jump up the order as only two points separate the podium places.
In the hotly contested SB20 Class, Jeremy Chase's Glasgow Kiss have been going blow for blow with Jonathan Mahony's Scumbag and only one point separates them at the top of the table after seven races. Twelve points off the pace, Jayant Dhobley's Du Mei Dai clings onto third overall but two other boats are within reach of claiming the third step of the podium.
The final day program on Saturday calls for three more races in all classes which will be followed by the gala dinner and prize giving in the Raffles Marina ballroom. There is plenty of room for spectators on the Raffles Marina breakwater for the high noon or 12:00 showdown.
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 August 2012 )