13th Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2010 – 10 SB20’s & 11 races later
Following are compiled extracts from AsianYachting Event Media.
DAY 1: August 15th
In the wake of last nights dazzling Youth Olympic Games opening ceremony, fifty sailing craft took to the waters in front of Raffles Marina on the west coast of Singapore to celebrate this auspicious occasion with their own long standing Western Circuit Regatta.(…) Nevertheless the light SW breeze did pick up more than the forecast and stayed for the whole day, which allowed the race committee to complete the scheduled 4 races for SB3s
The Laser SB3 sailors had the busiest day of all the classes by completing four races on the trot. With a 1, 2, 1, 3 scoreline Bob Comstock’s COMPASS RISING came out on top after a long and painstakingly hard day of racing. Wallace Cuthbertson’s GLASGOW KISS scored 3, 1, 2, 4 to claim second overall from Jonathan Mahony’s SCUMBAG that scored 2, 5, 3, 1 to spread the wins and podium places around amongst the leaders. It does not get much closer than that.
DAY 2: August 21st
All morning the sky was heavily overcast and releasing light drizzling rain, even the Malaysian coastline was shrouded in fog. Then as if on queue, a light SSW breeze sprung up on the way to the start line. (…) The Laser SB3 and the International Moth classes continued on with the short windward/leeward race program. As it turned out the breeze did not get much above 6 knots the whole day and probably averaged around 3-4 knots leaving big patches of little or no wind to contend with. When the breeze fluctuates up and down it also changes direction, so it is paramount that tacticians keep there head out of the boat and pick the best wind lanes to sail the boat in.
Three more short course races in the Laser SB3 class, saw Fabrice Piard’s ALIDADE pull off the trifecta with three bullets and go to directly the top of the leaderboard. With a 2, 3, 4 scoreline Wallace Cuthbertson’s GLASGOW KISS puts them in contention for the overall podium places. A slip up in Race 6 saw Bob Comstock’s COMPASS RISING drop to second overall and can’t afford any more mistakes. Two boats that did not race last week Ola Strand Andersen’s XOCO and John Priestly’s SUME rapped up the placing’s and threw a spanner into the very completive fleet by mixing up the pointscore.
Day 3: August 22nd
Despite the many weather forecasts available these days, the sailors have come to the conclusion that the best solution for local waters is “What you see is what you get”. Yesterdays dreary, wet and sufferable light conditions were replaced with a warm, sunny, clear blue sky and a building 8 to 10 knot SSW breeze that saw the IRC A & B, PY and SB3 keelboat classes away on the same short passage race. Picking the best course on the first windward beat ultimately set the pace and awarded the skippers that chose the correct side with podium places.
As the Laser SB3 class tackled the passage race, Fabrice Piard’s ALIDADE led the fleet for the entire race by a comfortable margin and stays on top of the leaderboard. Second home for Bob Comstock’s COMPASS RISING has them tied on points for second overall with Wallace Cuthbertson’s GLASGOW KISS that could only manage fourth place today. Third place for Chris Holmes on BANDIT has lifted their confidence but leaves them in the middle of the table.
Day 4: August 28th
After the overnight thunder storm and howling wind had abated, it left the west coast shrouded in heavy cloud cover and vacuum like conditions on the water. The sailors were ready for the last day of racing but had to wait almost two hours before the breeze materialized and racing could get underway. It was make or break time for most the class titles and the race committee took it in their stride to provide the maximum number of races in the prevailing conditions to produce the fairest of results.
None of the Laser SB3 class leaders won any races today as mid table John Priestly’s SUME won two races and Ola Strand Andersen’s XOCO won the other. Despite juggling the places Fabrice Piard’s ALIDADE continued on top of the table to secure overall victory from Bob Comstock’s COMPASS RISING that broke the overnight tie with Wallace Cuthbertson’s GLASGOW KISS to secure second and third places on the podium.
Unfortunately the wind for the whole regatta never got above 10 knots and sailors had to contend with strong tidal currents and pick the wind lanes correctly. This makes it a real test of their sailing skills and boat handling abilities. Combined with the youthful enthusiasm of the SMU organising team that signed up for another three years, this regatta has a bright future and will remain the premier event on Singapore’s racing calendar.