Introducing the 13th Executive Committee

Anndd the votes are in…introducing to you the new incoming 13th Executive Committee of SMU Sailing!

President – Ko Yumei
Vice-President – Germaine Lim
Honorary General Secretary – Lee Cheryl
Training and Development Officer – Alison Chia
Finance Secretary – Tan Dexun
Logistics Officer – Sng Jia Ping
Marketing and Corporate communications Officer – Cherise Lei

Congratulations to all candidates! Do SMU Sailing proud! We would also like to thank SMU Sports Union representative Avril Chua for coming down as our elections moderator.

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13th Exco Elections candidates

The 13th Executive Committee elections are just around the corner! 8 courageous year 2 sailors have stepped up to run for a position in the Exco. Click on this link to check out the nomination write-ups from each of the candidates. Elections will be happening on the 7th September 2016, 7pm at SOE SR 5-2. Good luck to the candidates and always remember that “Leadership is an opportunity to serve”.

Elections newsletter

19th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2016

19th WCSR (Race day 1 & 2): SMU sailing put on a great showing in the first weekend of the19th Western Circuit Sailing regatta. We had a total of 5 teams representing across 2 classes, IRC B and SB20s. Over the weekend, the sailors faced various conditions, ranging from light tricky winds to heavier breeze with choppy seas. Despite that, one constant was the sailors’ sheer determination to perform in any conditions thrown at them.

In the IRC B class, both teams sailed up the leaderboards from early on and it became an internal battle for the overall lead! SMUve and SMUmad will enter Day 3 in 1 and 2!

Over in the SB20 fleet, our teams gave their best and faced intense competition. Overall, the podium was held by the more experienced SB20 sailors of Glasgow Kiss and 2015 Sea Games Gold Medalist team of SSF1. This definitely will not dampen our sailors’ spirits and we will come back hungrier on Day 3!

Lots to learn and much fun awaits!

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Race day 3: We have finally reached the much-anticipated last day of 19th WCSR. Like any other competition, the last day is extra crucial in order to convert all the prior days of hardwork into a coveted trophy. A tiny slip up, could mean losing a podium finish or being the runner up.

Our teams representing in the IRC B and SB20 class psyched themselves up and went into Day 3 fresh and ready to send it!

In the IRC B class, it was truly an internal battle between SMUve and SMUMad. With such a small margin separating them, 1 point was all it took to decide the winner. Even though both teams suffered a false start in Race 6, the overall championship title still to went SMUve, with SMUMad in 2nd. They have truly done SMU proud, flaunting their dominance in this class and defending their title.

Over in the SB20 class, our sailors put up a good fight against the highly competitive and experienced fleet. With our teams ranging from alumni to freshie, it was a brilliant showcase of teamwork and ability to adapt to various sailing styles. In the end, the final standing was 7th, 9th and 13th place.

All in all, this 19th WCSR has presented us with splendid weather and fair winds. The team has undoubtedly learnt and grown through the process. Just want to say a big thank you to OSL for all their help and support for this regatta!

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RSYC 2016

Race day 1 &2: The RSYC Regatta kicked off on day 1 with a gloomy start, with rain greeting our enthusiastic sailors. After the skies cleared up, the team had to wait another 2 hours out at sea for the winds to pick up, with Jimmy taking a dip in the waters while waiting.
Finally, the sailors started their races for the day. SMUmad had the lead for the first race in the IRC B class, but painfully lost the title to SMUve due to an error in finishing. SMUve made good calls in their second race, allowing their team to claim the second race as their own. Meanwhile in the J24 class, Shengli had consistent performance, finishing first in all their races. The last race saw winds picking up tremendously, with SMUve experiencing a near broach and SMUMad having troubles with their mains halyard.

Day 2 of races was a passage race, a first for the freshies! With many boats aiming for the pin end, competition was tight as the passage race officially started. Conditions were pretty good for SMUve and SMUMad as the storm cleared and wind was around 6 knots. As we rounded the first mark, the boats struggled to maintain speed as wind dropped even further. It was a long journey of navigation and frustrating attempts to catch the gusts as we headed downwind. Halfway through the race, a storm was brewing in the distance again. This was the best chance for SMUMad to catch up with SMUve. Alas, the storm was heading away from the race route and was leaving the sailors with a feeble breeze. As SMUve and SMUMad were enduring through the conditions, the race committee decided to shorten the course. With winds slowly picking up, it was a close fight between SMUMad and SMUve. Ultimately, the race ended for them with a slight difference of 20 seconds.

At the end of the 2 days of RYSC, SMUve is in the lead followed by SMUMad for IRC B. Shengli has been getting bullets so far and is leading the one design pack! One more day of races team! All the best!

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Race day 3:
It’s the final day of races! Having scored bullets, Shengli seemed ready to retire early for the day. On the other hand, SMUve and SMUMad were still ready to battle it out for first place in this last leg! With wind constantly around 5 knots, it was optimal for the platus. With similarly good starts, it was down to the crew to trim to their best and carry out perfect hoists and drops. Both teams did well by playing with wind shifts and gaining against the other sailors in the same category. In the end, team SMU has done themselves proud by clinching first and second place in IRC B and first place in J24s!

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Phuket Race Week 2016

Ahoy! The PRW team have landed safely at their destination! By the look on their faces, it seems they have already gotten everything sorted, from boat checks to their accommodation!

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Race day 0: Day 2 of Phuket was our first day out on the water. After a late breakfast, the team went through our play book and clarified our individual roles during our race manoeuvres. Heading out the An Yo beach, we rowed out in a rubber dinghy(a first for a regatta) to the greet the Weasel, the team’s weapon of choice for the next 4 days of racing. The sailors quickly rigged up and were put through their paces as they practiced and troubleshot almost all their manoeuvres. A productive day of training to say the least, from a slipping mains halyard to a dodgy spin sheet, it was fortunate that these defects were spotted early and addressed before actually racing commenced. We ended off with dinner by the beach backed by a picturesque sunset and stroll along the night market in front of the hotel capped off the evening! The team is pumped for the second day of training tomorrow and hopefully can get a chance to do some pacing with other boats!

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Race day 1:It was a pleasant change as the sun decided to shine upon the sailors today for their first day of racing! The day was not too productive as the winds went as light as 3 knotts, during the first few hours from the warning signal. The Phuket Race Crew entertained themselves with a merry sing-a-long session, as well as catching up on lost sleep.

In the end, the committee managed to squeeze in one race for the day. The crew emerged 2nd, earning themselves a neat bottle of Mont Clair for the day.

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Race day 2: The team had a slow start to the day when races were postponed due to the light and inconsistent winds. This gave the members of the team who were under the weather some much needed rest and respite from their afflictions. At promptly 1pm the AP flag came down and the crew of The Weasel scurried to the start line.

Race 1 was an exciting duel between the fantastic fox (The Fox) and wily weasel (The Weasel/Team SMU). Both sides took turns to take the lead andall almost seemed lost when The Weasel completely missed rounding the downwind mark on the first attempt (THE HORROR). But the wily weasel outsmarted and outran the the fantastic fox on the upwind leg to scamper to victory for the first race.

Race 2 started shortly after and the wily weasel was again fast off the blocks. With The Fox and Nataya hot on her heels, there was much for The Weasel to do. The Wolf and The Tiger were also prowling on the fringes, ever ready to pounce on any mistakes made by the front runners. The Weasel lead the race for the majority of the race but Nataya pulled a fast one and unexpectedly took the lead near the top mark on the second upwind. Undaunted, The Weasel executed a perfect rounding to sneak into the lead again. With victory in sight, The Weasel sprinted for the finish and brought it home with much to spare.

With half of the crew down with flu, 2 out of the 6 members collapsed in exhaustion at the finish, leaving the remaining 4 members to take The Weasel home. What a day it has been for Team SMU! Great perseverance and team work made the difference. Here’s to better days ahead! And we hope Clement, Dexun and Liwen get better in the next few days.

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Race day 3: With winds as low as 2 knots and storm clouds above the racing area, teams in the platu one design had to hoist their spin at the start in an epic downwind start. The decision to stay left of most of the fleet away from the islands did pay off as we rounded the mark second after Wolf. After the rounding, the team took the conservative move of staying in the centre of the course and were gassed by the big boats. The Fox and Nataya each took the extreme sides of course and sailed down with the gust, placing the team 3rd in this eventful lightest light wind race ever.

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Race day 4: The storm that had been brewing the previous night had finally quelled, and it came the dawn of the final day at PRW. Upon arrival at Ao Yon beach, we were met with a view of a calm, almost mirror like sea. All 5 teams sat around, waiting for further instructions from the race officials. We waited and waited..and finally at 1247pm…WE WERE THE CHAMPIONS!

The team would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the club, and OSL for giving us the opportunity to represent the school at Phuket Race Week 2016. We hope to be back next year!

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Top of the Gulf Regatta 2016

It’s that time of the year again! TOGR! Our favourite summer regatta! What a great way to kick start the summer.

TOGR DAY 0: After a great boat check yesterday, our sailors headed out into the Pattaya waters for practice races today! The teams were greeted with strong winds and choppy waves — a pleasant surprise! It was a good practice round for all the boats though the conditions proved to be challenging. A storm came after one round of practice race, the sailors quickly sailed back into the marina to seek shelter. Nataya’s engine failed to start on the return trip and dragon’s engine also died while trying to rescue Nataya. It was great to see so many different boats out on the water today, here’s wishing all the boats the best of luck for the next 4 days of racing!

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Race day 1: It was an intense day of racing for all the teams today as winds got from strong to even stronger throughout the day. There were a total of 3 races and sailors fought a good fight today, with DRAGON mostly taking the lead (infront of all the other SMU boats) on most of the races. Albeit being at the back of the fleet most of the time and experiencing a couple of broaches here and there on the downwind, the sailors pushed through the tough conditions and sailed their best today. After racing, we had a fantastic seafood dinner by the sea at this quaint restaurant called “The view”, where we saw the sunset. Thank you OSL for the lovely dinner treat! When we got back to the hotel, we had a team debrief and the sailors from each boat shared their tips and happenings on their boat during races with everyone. Keep up the positivity and the energy sailors! Don’t give up and all the best for the next few days of racing!

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Race day 2: The sailors woke up today feeling pumped and ready for yet another 3 more races ahead. The wind conditions were stronger than yesterday’s and the waves were even more relentless. There were talks amongst the other pro-boaters about the jibs they used in this kind of conditions by the lawn. And knowing that all our boats were pretty light, the lovely Kevin Scott then brought over some number 3 jibs to help us avoid being too overpowered in these strong conditions. The races were as usual very eventful, with Naiad (BloveLY) getting an OCS in the second race, Nataya (Tripple A) skied their spin halyard during the break right before the third race, Dragon (Crash team racing) skied their jib halyard that same time as well and Stingray’s (PQ’s KReW) main sheet block coming off after the general recall for the third race. After yesterday’s team debrief, many of the boats improved from the useful tips and tricks imparted. The team then went over to the Movenpick hotel for the daily prize givings and cocktail party. Overall, a good second day of races, hang in there team!

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Race day 3: The sailors are half way through the regatta and are all starting to get used to the strong conditions over at Pattaya. The winds were slightly lighter than yesterday’s but the sailors were not complacent and sailed the hardest they could. There were not much crew mistakes as all the trimmers trimmed to their best and the foredeck performed clean hoist and drops. Stingray (PQ’s KReW) experienced a Chinese gybe on the last down wind but had a fast recovery. Overall, the 2 races today was really a test of the sailor’s endurance and tactics. Tomorrow will be the last day of races, give your best sailors!

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^Poor thing, one of our song tiows broke down right infront of the u-turn before the entrance of the marina. So we had to push it out of traffic and walk all the way into the marina.

Race day 4: Final day of races and everyone is pumped and ready to end it with a bang! The wind conditions were the same though there were signs of rain in the morning. The starts for the last 2 races were not too ideal for the boats Nataya, Naiad and Stingray as they struggled to start on time. Stingray almost crashed into Naiad and Fox in the first race giving the crew quite a heart attack. The sailors finished all the races with their best ability. Even though the teams were at the back of the fleet most of the time as the other platus had seriously insane height and speed, the sailors never admitted defeat and always gave their 110%! After races, we headed back to ambassadors for a final team debrief about the whole regatta. Everyone shared their key takeaways in terms of both sailing and non-sailing. The day ended with the closing ceremony, a great birthday celebrations for 2 of our lovely team mates Alison and Lionel, and of course kangaroo court! Overall, though the team didn’t manage to bring home a podium finish, the sailors learnt a whole lot during this regatta and can’t wait to train harder for the next one.

Results for overall regatta:
9th place: Stingray (PQ’s crew)
10th place: Dragon (crash team racing)
11th place: Nataya (Tripple A)
12th place: Naiad (BloveLY)

Congratulations on completing TOGR sailors!

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