9th Western Circuit Sailing Regatta - Race Report 2
Racing comes to a climax on final day...
With 12-15 knots of wind ranging from SE to SW the 18nm passage race 3 got away to a lively start last weekend. Bill Bremner's Sydney 40 Foxy Lady is living up to the boats performance in the fresh conditions by recording three wins in a row. Bill sums up Race 3 "You had to go left early and play the shifts up the Singapore shore or you just got clobbered by the big right hand air to the right. Once we got clear of the recycling plant the breeze settled and locked in at around 175 degrees. Coming home with the asymmetric spinnaker was wild with several near knockdowns in the big gusts. Absolutely loved it!" Jeremy Muller's Sydney 32 Scallywag came in second with Tom Bonehill's converted Magic 25 Loaded in third, making it a triumph for Sydney Yachts. Although Foxy Lady has a convincing lead going into tomorrows final races the rest of the IRC A boats are separated by only a few points so the remaining podium places are still up for grabs.
Bob Howison's Platu 25 and defending champion Teko MDBS has consistently scored second places in the early races and added a win on the passage race to take a slender one point lead going into tomorrows final races. The battle royal between the two X372's of Greg Coops Abraxas and Peter Forbes Next Page continues with Next Page getting the better of Abraxas in the passage race and Kent Goeking's Solarmax slipping in between them to claim third spot and easing the points congestion at the top of the leaderboard.
In the J24 One Design class it was Vladimir Borstnar's turn on Angel to upset the tables on Richard Ahl's Juno who has scored two wins so far. Lea Sea Yean's Jangan Main Main maintains their consistent third place and are the only ones within striking distance of the leading two.
A complete change in form took place in the PY class with Pauline Blasky's Sari Timur coming to the fore in the passage race. Leslie Fung's Todak is normally placed mid fleet but managed a second place and Trond Seljeseth's timber sloop Rosmarus claimed third place. Overall leader is David Ross's Swann 53 Frangipani Girl that had to settle on seventh place and the change in positions brings the pointscore closer together and opened the door for others to have a chance.
Only five Formula 16 catamarans braved it out on the passage race. Koh Joo Kim's Taipan 4.9 took the win to advance up the leaderboard. Louis Lim's Taipan 4.9 has scored three consecutive second places to be well positioned coming into the final races. Michael Chia also on a Taipan 4.9 scored third place to complete the Taipan domination. Jeff Davison has two wins from the early races and if the drop race comes into play he could well be standing proud on the top of the podium.
Racing finishes up on Saturday 26th with two windward/leewards in front of Raffles Marina. The courses have been extended for some classes and altered for the F16 cats. Some words of advice for newcomers from IRC A leader Bill Bremner " The first two windward/leewards were awesome! Big long beats upwind with many wind shifts to deal with and take advantage off with big powerful, board downwind runs. Also the traffic made mark rounding's quite interesting but we managed to keep our nose clean."