Sing Straits – Breeze is up, so lets go racing…
Goto AY Race Report 2By AsianYachting MultiMedia
31:01:2013 – A solid 14 to 16 knot North Easterly tradewind greeted the sailors as they made their way to the racing area in front of the Turi Beach Resort. The choppy seas and strong incoming current did not dampen their spirits. Despite PRO Richard Cai incurring a hand injury and taken back for treatment, the race committee went straight into sequence and “lets go racing” was the order of the day. Most crews are a bit rusty since the New Year holidays but in these conditions there is no room for error as it tends to multiply into an even bigger problem. The same goes for the new recruits as they quickly come to grips with sail handling in windy conditions. The well oiled crews are noticeable on the water and starting to dominate proceedings. Goto AY Race Report 2
Sarab Jeet Singh’s Sydney 40MOD Windsikher has taken the bull by the horns by adding two more bullets to their tally and are clearly out classing the IRC A opposition. After a slow start yesterday Winfrid Wong’s Cork 1780 Xtra SMUve rebounded to trade third and second places with Tan Thong Meng’s Benetau First 40.7 S.Y. Endeavour from the Marina Keppel Bay Academy but both of them will have to find another knot of boatspeed to make an impression on Windsikher.
A battle royal is developing in the IRC B class between Gordon Maxted’s Young 84 Shoon Fung Too and Kurt Metzer’s Oracle 338 Waka Tere. Maxted’s Shoon Fung Too claimed the daily double on both occasions today but only four seconds separated them in the second race. Two third places for Simon Piff’s Lavranos 34 Rainbow Dreams, keeps them in the running and ready to ponce if the dueling leaders make any mistakes.
The combined Platu 25 and J24 start are entertaining and providing a good comparison of one design speed and boat handling. Camelia Tan’s SMUve claimed both Platu 25 races today with the Indonesian Navy’s Arjuna skippered by Januar Lukit following suite with two second places and only sixteen seconds separated them in the second race.
Third place for the Indonesian Navy’s second boat Srikandi skippered by Marjoko Utomo is a good showing for the new boats made locally in Batam. Samantha Chua’s SMUmad crew had to exercise the “Person overboard drill” during the first race today, which must have dented their confidence as they could only manage third place in the second race and fall from grace down the leader board.
Once again Borstnar Vladimir’s Angel nailed the startline and blitzed the J24 class to make it three wins in a row. They also led the combined Platu and J24 fleet around the course by a healthy margin. The fight for second place was a lot closer with Seah Cheong Hock’s Shengli finally claiming it by only a few seconds from Jovina Choo’s RSYC Dua in the last few meters at the finish line.
Although Wang Yew Pang’s Jeanneau 54 Haiyi 1 took line honours in the PY class, it is Wendle Wald’s Jeanneau 35 Melissa lll that ended up with the handicap honours on both occasions. Curry Keoughan Jen’s Jaunt popped into second place in the first race and Simon King’s Bonbrigde 215 Svanika rounded out the day with third and second places to redeem their standing in the overall stakes. Pang’s Haiyi 1 ended with fourth and third places and pays the price for being the biggest boat in the class.
Racing continues tomorrow with a windward/leeward race in front of the Nongsa Point Marina Resort followed by a passage race on the Indonesian side to the West of Batam, then the yachts make their own way back across the Singapore Strait returning to ONE°15 Marina Club. Whilst all this is going on the SB 20 and Multihull classes begin their series on the East coast of Singapore.
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