Great start to 22nd Western Circuit…
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
August 17th 2019, Raffles Marina, Singapore: Although an overcast sky, was followed by a heavy downpour in the morning, it left behind a gusty 12 to 16 knot Southerly breeze, which turned into sunny, hazy conditions for the rest of the day. This allowed the Race Officers on 4 courses, to run multiple races and get the 22nd edition off to a flying start from Day 1. At the skippers briefing, PRO Jerry Rollin issued some Special Instructions and course alterations, in case the forecast breeze came across the Western Johor Strait and paved the way for smoother operations on the water. All the skippers and crew in 14 classes, were keen to get going and put an end to all the speculation. Check out the AY Photo Gallery
The combined start for IRC A & B got proceedings underway on the first race, to iron out some teething problems and get the crew working together in harmony, for the rest of the day. The crew that overcome these obstacles quickly have generally gone on to battle it out for the lead and achieve some success. Others have gone back and are working on ways to improve their performances.
Steve Manning and Paul OMalley’s A40 RC Red Rum got the better of Low Chin Nam’s smaller Cork 1720 Xtra Mile on all three races, to take the overall IRC A lead by the scruff of the neck.
Despite racing in close quarters, the reigning IRC B class champions, Kurt Metzger’s Nelson 10 Waka Tere came through unscathed to snatch three wins and take the familiar role at the top of the leader board.Two second places and 5th after a broken boom out haul on Gordon Maxted’s Young 840 Shoon Fung Too, leaves them trailing in 2nd overall but with a widening six point gap to the leader. The two SMU Farr Platu 25’s, SMUMAD skippered by Bernice Foo Ling Li filled 2nd place in Shoon Fung Too’s absence, while SMUve skippered by Tay Wei Jie, Joel, has a better average to take 3rd overall. An interesting day on Simon Piff’s Lavranos 34 Rainbow Dream when the spinnaker halyard caught around the steaming light and an US Marine onboard scaled the mast without any warning or a harness.
A late entry in the PY Class, has increased the numbers to eleven and range dramatically in size and performance. Defending champion John Boers Holland 44 Sangaree started out strong but spinnaker hoisting problems and loosing the halyard reduced them to 2nd place but rebounded with two wins to take the box seat on Day 1. Although Koh Yi Qian’s Platu 25 Boreas won the first race, severe juggling of places, has left them down the overall order. With a 5, 6, 3 score line Michael Teo’s Olson 911SE Arbudhen, slots into 2nd overall but 10 points adrift from the leader. After a slow start, Dieter Trau’s Jeanneau Sun Fiz 42 Watermelon trailed by 10 points but by finishing with a 2nd and 4th place, elevates them to 3rd overall. This class is not all about winning and one of the happiest skippers at the evening prize presentation, was Genevieve Chase skippering the Beneteau Oceanis 50 Sea Monster for the second time, with a bunch of women friends and very chuffed to get around the course unscathed and holding onto 8th place.
Four races completed for the eighteen strong SB20 fleet, competing for the SMU President’s Cup this weekend. Jeremiah Guo opened strongly with three wins and a 3rd place to take a commanding lead on Day 1. Although a lot of juggling in the results followed, Jonathan Yeo’s Walababy (NUS 1), 4, 2, 2, 5 scoreline is enough to hold onto 2nd overall, be it 7 points adrift of the leader. Everyone had a share of the lead at some stage before exchanging places and despite some ups and downs, Magnus Ekbom’s Tara (Team Hang Loose) ended up in 3rd overall. A late entry by Jeremy Chase’s Glasgow Kiss and a slow start has left the defending champion in 4th overall, but they are ready to pounce at any moment and can’t be written off at this stage.
A broken rudder before the first race for Faith Koo Hui Qi’s Shengli reduced the one design J24 class down to three entries. Much to their surprise Dillion How’s RSYC Dua, won the first race on the first outing together. Chung Pei Quan’s Quarterdeck recovered from being called over the start line on the first race and completely dominated proceedings after that, by posting three wins and secure the overall J24 lead. A string of 2nd places after their first race win, leaves Dillion How’s RSYC Dua in 2nd overall, where as Zaheera Hashim’s Balqis has to settle on 3rd place at the end of Day 1.
The five Multihull crews looked a bit twitchy at the start of the day and wondered how 92 year old Michael Chia’s brand new Corsair 970 Sports Buay Kao La, with some rock star crew, parked at the front of the marina, would fare on its debut. Proceedings started off with care and wound up during the day, with some start line argy bargy on the third race. Resulted in recalling some boats and two that didn’t respond scored OCS and retired, changing the overall outcome. Campbell Jenkins on The Dash kept their nose clean, with 2nd place and two race wins, to take the lead. Despite scoring OCS on the third race, Martin Pickrodts Dash 750 Eeepai holds onto 2nd overall with Guz Wilkinson/Deborah Barker’s Dash 750 Abra Ca Deborah Too one point behind in 3rd overall. All the hype about Chia’s brand new Corsair 970 Sports Buay Kao La, didn’t eventuate and will take some time tuning up and getting used to.
Nine adventurous disabled sailors also enjoyed their outing with five races, on a competitive fleet of one design Access 2.3’s. Four different winners and a rush up and down the order, has resulted in three girls, Lim Kim Seng, Marie Lyn and Desiree Lim, holding onto the podium places, for the time being.
Forty seven sailors in seven Windsurfing classes, also started their quest for individual honours with mixed results, for the Inter-Tertiary Windsurfing Championship (ITWC) 2019 titles.
Racing continues tomorrow with a passage race to determine the SMU President’s Cup, the SB20 International Cup and the Inter-Tertiary Windsurfing Championship (ITWC) 2019 titles, come to a conclusion.
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