Manning’s Wala Wala 2 clinches victory on last day…
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
31:01:2012 – Racing got underway on time despite dark rain clouds in the close vicinity. Two more windward/leeward races were completed in a building North Easterly breeze before the clouds opened up and a tropical downpour of huge proportions engulfed the area.
Eventually the longer waterline on Steven Manning’s Sydney GTS 43 Wala Wala 2 paid off, by handling the short chop better and spending less time in the current than the competitors to win both races today and take out the overall IRC A title on their first attempt. Bringing up the rear, Brent Morgans’ Archambault 35 Men at Work sailed up to their handicap and just missed out on the top step of the podium by a few seconds and had to settle on second overall. Two third places for Sarab Jeet Singh’s Sydney 40MOD Windsikher leaves the defending champions in third spot on the podium but happy to have won the running battle with Rick Pointon’s J130 Jing Jing that ended up in fourth overall.
Once again Gordon Maxted’s Young 84 Shoon Fung Too came out on fire and scored the daily double in both races to convincingly win the IRC B title. Perhaps living up to Bill Fortenberry’s expectations from North Sails calling the shots and weight on the rail must have lifted Maxted’s crew performance. Alexi Lim Zong Wei’s Platu 25SMUve and Gregory Ho’s SMUmad exchanged blows for second and third places which earned Alexi Lim Zong Wei’s SMUve second overall. Although Glen O’Grady’s Young 88 O’ Blue Eyes fell of the pace in the Indonesian races, they have done enough on the Singapore leg to secure third spot on the podium.
Borstnar Vladimir’s Angel is unbeatable and despite being recalled for premature starting today, they recovered by the second mark rounding to score seven wins in a row, thereby keeping a clean sheet and romp home with the one design J24 class title. Christopher Lim’s Shengli made several inroads during the races but just could not keep on the pace and ended with all second places for second overall. Although the places changed throughout the races the finishing order remains the same for all races. Calvin Lim’s Jangan Main Main scored all third places and Daniella Ng Hui Min’s RSYC Dua with all fourth places finished in their respective order.
The two yachts left in the PY Class went head to head and although Desmond Seah’s Oslon 911 Arbudhen shared the honours with Leslie Fung’s Hanse 315 Todak in the two races held today, it is Leslie Fung’s Todak that claims the overall title in front of Seah’s Arbudhen. Leaving Ng Ser Miang’s Swan 61 Magic Dragon 2 in third overall after winning three races in Singapore and not contesting the Indonesian leg of the regatta, were left thinking what could have been.
If this is supposed to be Singapore’s biggest sailing event then it is lagging behind other Asian regattas and desperately needs a make over to get it back on track. Efforts made this year have increased interest but more needs to be done to promote the event and make it attractive for local and international sailors to compete. If organisers insist on conducting the first couple days of racing in Singapore then an area needs to be found and cleared to set decent windward/leeward courses for the racing classes and passage races for the cruisers. Top class racers demand proper courses and as it costs them a bundle to field an International team they expect decent courses and racing on every day of the event. These sentiments were also expressed at the press conference by the skippers and notes taken by the secretary to pass onto next years organising committee ONE°15 Marina Club. The last few years has seen a marked drop off in numbers and if something is not done the regatta will be reduced to a local club activity.
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