Enough of fleet racing, it high time we get started on the REAL stuff, match racing 😀 The Bay Challenge 2011 will be the second match race held in the Marina Bay Reservoir, but this time round, it gets closer to the audience with action being held within the CBD itself. Held at the Promontory@Marina Bay, interns at ORQ will be able to look out of your windows and help us to spot some gusts!
For those who have not had the chance to experience the REAL deal, match racing basically means one v one racing. It will be all about tactics and boat speed, and I’m not going to mention boat handling (it should be tip top or you’ll flop). 2 boats will face off at the 4 minutes start signal, entering the start line and holding each other out in order win the start when the gun goes.
Some people say half the battle is won at the start, but in order to make this advantage count, the leading boat must do all it can to defend its position for the rest of the laps. However, no one has ever raced in the waters off the promontory before, and I have very good reasons to believe that shifty winds will prevail. Furthermore, the Laser Bahia will be new to most and this is where racing will be taken to a whole new level.
There are 16 teams competing in group stages followed by the quarterfinals, semifinals, and the finals. Boats will capsize, tempers will flare, losers will be dunked, and winners will be crowned. Who will they be, let me introduce the 2 teams representing SMU sailing:
Team Charlie Lima: Christopher Lim, Calvin Lim, Ang Yong Tat
Team Boy Boy: Shaun Toh, Samuel Ong, Bryan Teo
With both skippers Chris and Shaun having had massive amounts of match racing experience, they are the ones to watch out for in the Bay Challenge. Eyes will also be on Calvin Lim, a world champion who has recently won the Charlie Lima Award, as well as Ang Yong Tat who has valiantly ditched his books to make a comeback in the sailing scene.
Not forgetting Samuel Ong, who took part in the inaugral match race on board the Bahia last year and came in a respectable 4th position. Do lookout for Bryan Teo our secret weapon who picks up sailing skills at the speed of light. To the 6 of you them, show us some roll tacks and hiking action, and please please please do not capsize =O Haha, all the best for the races and bring the silverware back for the school!
Of course, SMU sailors, ever in demand in the corporate world, have proven themselves to be equally valuable in the sailing world. Altogether, we have 4 girls who will be crewing for 4 different boats. Yes you’re right, 4 girls. Fine, these teams needed someone lightweight, and of course they need people who are good at sailing 😉 The girls are:
Alina Chia, sailing with Thailand’s top match racers Jon and Til.
Catherine Chua, also sailing with the Thai team of Morton and Apple
Pei Mun, sailing with John Priestly, a SB3 racer and Prakash from Raffles Marina
Fidelis Tan, sailing with Rolf and Sean Ong
Somehow, it baffles me as to how SMU sailors secured 10 positions in the bay challenge. But 10 friends out on water in 6 different teams will give you many reasons to come down and support them in this match race. Racing will be held from 10am to 6pm on 14th and 15th May. Please check back for the best viewing spots, I’ll update it right here after I recee the place tomorrow. To get directions to the promontory, you can use this link: http://www.boat-asia.com/travel_accomodations/the_promontory_marina_bay.html
Hope to see you there and thank you for reading!