Singapore Nationals 2015
Werner repeats and sets up favouritism for Asia Pacifics Grand Slam in January
Held over the weekend of 31st Oct and 1st Nov and organised by Raffle’s Marina in the west of Singapore, the 2015 Nationals were a huge success. Both days saw early light air settle into a sparkling sea-breeze direction and seven tight and competitive races were run.
After 3-4 races positions on the leader-board were very tight. The early leader was “Glasgow Kiss” helmed by Class Captain, Nils Razmilovic. However, as his team unexpectedly faded, the regatta’s general pattern emerged. “Werner” helmed by Johannes Babendererde was getting great starts and generally leading around the course by a very close margin. This consistency resulted in 4 race wins and two 2nd places. Overall victory was sweet for Werner making this back-to-back Nationals titles.
2015 Singapore National Champions – “Werner”
Johannes Babendererde, Christoph Franz and Bastian Koerbes
Johannes said “After light winds in the mornings Singapore did not disappoint and we had fabulous sailing conditions once again. The racing was always close with numerous position changes.”
Also repeating last year’s result was Jervis Tilly on “Tara” taking 2nd overall with James Harayda on “Bandit” placing 3rd.
As the Nationals is the last of the four main SB20 regattas in Singapore each year, attention now turns to the 2016 Asia Pacific Championships which this year incorporate the first SB20 Asian Glam Slam. Nils Razmilovic commented that “The Asia Pacific Championships is the highlight of the Asian calendar with world class competition and champagne sailing conditions. The seasonal 16 to 20 knots breeze combine with sunshine and warm water to boot. It‘s one not to miss!”
Held from 28th to 31st January at the ONE15 marina and supported by the Singapore Sailing Federation, entries for the 2016 Asia Pacific Championships are expected from many countries and there will be much local interest. Werner will be one of the strong favorites going into the event.
Asia Pacific Championships, Singapore