15th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2012 :Sailing bonanza ends with last day shootout...
Saturday, 11 August 2012
After contesting three races, crews came ashore a little weary but with grins bigger than the Olympic synchronized swimmers. Racing got underway on time in seven knots of South Westerly breeze, which slowly increased throughout the afternoon, allowing race officers on both courses to fire of three races in quick succession. The Neil Pryde Racing Series on Windsurfers also joined for the day, running their races within the precinct of the marina. Despite the full afternoon of racing it didn't take long to recuperate and crews were in fine form at the prize giving and gala dinner in the Raffles Marina ballroom, where over S$8000 was generously donated to Sailability.
Despite Bill Bremner clearly displaying his intentions last weekend, Foxy Lady 6 did not have it all their own way. Steve Manning's Walawala 2 came through to take the daily double in the first race with Foxy Lady 6 coming back to claim the second race and the series. The crew then decided to rotate positions and Bill's wife Janice took the helm for Race 3. An interesting pre-start luffing duel resulted in Sarab Jeet Singh's Windsikher pushing Foxy Lady 6 over the line, much to the delight of the Walawala 2 crew with loud shouts of approval. Singh's Windsikher went on to claim victory but a little to late in proceedings and settled on second overall. The much improved Manning's Walawala 2 slotted into third overall, while the rest of the IRC A class could only watch what was unfolding in front of them.
After a slow start to the regatta both the SMU Platu 25's went on the prowl and determined to make up for their earlier disappointment. Fidelis Tan SMUmad and Alexi Lim SMUve exchanged first and second places in the first two races and Simon Piff's Rainbow Dream came good in the third race. Although Gordon Maxted's Shoon Fung Too was reduced to a 3. 3. 2 scoreline, they have done enough to hold onto the overall lead and win the IRC B class. Fidelis Tan SMUmad and Alexi Lim SMUve leapfrogged into second and third places respectively, displacing the early leaders down the order.
A determined effort by Winfrid Wong's Shengli saw them triumph in the first race and close the gap on the leaders. Daniella Ng's Jangan Main Main came back to win the next two races and secure the J24 series, reducing Wong's Shengli down to second overall. Goh Jian Guang's Juno has had an up and down regatta but eventually settled on third overall.
Calling on every ounce of crew effort, Tobias Arnold No Alibi managed to score two wins and fourth place to secure the Club Racer class title. In doing so, relegated the overnight leader Desmond Seah/ Michael Teo's Arbudhen down to second overall. Jovin Tan's SKUD 18 won the second race but finished in third overall which has been a good workout before they head to London 2012 for the Paralympic Games next week.
By winning seven out of eight races Scott McCook's The Dash has dominated the Corsair Trimaran Class from the beginning. Consistently scoring second places, Uli Braun's Dash Boot secures second overall. Alan Hodges Kaze followed suite with third place.
The Catamaran Class managed to squeeze in four races today. Three wins and second place for Martin Pickrodt's Nacra Carbon 20 Rantanplan wrapped up the series in fine style. Although Greg Smith's Viper F16 Allon5 - Y finished off with mostly third places they have done enough in earlier races to hold onto second overall. A spirited win in the last race for Lin Josua's Viper F16 was not enough to make a difference and stayed steady in third place.
In the hotly contested SB20 Class, Jeremy Chase's Glasgow Kiss clung onto the lead by the skin of their teeth. Fourth place in the first race sealed Jonathan Mahony's Scumbag fate in second overall. Two wins for Jayant Dhobley's Du Mei Dai comes to late in proceedings to improve beyond third overall.
We have had it all, over two weekends of racing. Anything from large keelboats and multihull's, to beach catamarans, Laser SB20, J24, Windsurfers and Access 2.3 for disabled sailors, right down to IOM remote-controlled boats. SMU and Raffles Marina must be commended for organising and successfully running this sailing bonanza. No wonder this event has turned into Singapore's premier regatta. Youthful exuberance and sailing pursuits have won the day. Further encouragement by skippers to give dinghy sailors crewing positions and the SMU sailing fraternity increasing year on year, has raised the profile and sailors confidence to compete on the International stage. This will go a long way and proves sailing in Singapore is on the right track and the future is looking very promising.
More info and final results at: http://www.westerncircuit.com/By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 August 2012 )