Battle @ the Barrage II- Skipper Profile

Of course, after featuring Chris’ team, how can we miss out on featuring Renfred’s team for the upcoming Keelboat Match Racing League. Read on to find out more about Renfred and his team:

Team SMU
Skipper: Renfred Tay

Asian Games 2006 Sailing (Match Racing) Gold Medallist- this single achievement is more than enough to showcase Renfred’s match racing expertise. He also skippered in the inaugral constant wind match race in October last year and came in a respectable 4th position in the laser Bahia.  

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 Renfred was the jib trimmer during his stint at the ’06 Asian Games and subsequently, he shifted back to the driver’s seat after joining SMU sailing. Although he only clocked one match regatta as the skipper, we believe that his intensive training stint 5 years ago as a jib trimmer for the Asiad has given him the necessary experience to do SMU proud in this edition of the Match Race league.

Of course, we still have a strong lineup of crews on board who will be backing him in this competition:

Mains Trimmer: Calvin Lim– I’ll like to repeat the words from the previous post that are most apt to describe this cheeky fella: “Calvin is a passionate sailor with a love for the beach and corners. He is also highly experienced, with a world byte championship title under his belt, an achievement not many can brag about.” This time round he takes a step back to take on the role of a mains trimmer and tactician.

Jib Trimmer: Koh Ziyi – Anyone would like to guess his age? Do not be deceived by his youthful appearance because this recently graduated sailor is bringing loads of sailing experience to compete alongside his juniors. See that winch he’s grinding>> That photo was taken during China Cup 2010 with Ziyi trimming on board the Beneteau 40.7.

Pit-mast: Samuel Ong – The first half of the bow team is in this competition to roll you all over- literally. As the heaviest crew on board, he is strategically positioned on the pit-mast to make full use of his body weight to steer the boat through tight situations. And of course to give the additional pump. 3.. 2.. 1.. PRESS!

Bowman: Brandon Heng–  The second half of the bow team is also no light weight in this team. He was the bowman on board Hi-jinks which finished 2nd in the Top of the Gulf Regatta 2011. What do you get when Big meets Agile? Come down to the barrage on the 25th and 26th to see for yourself! 

Once again we hope to see you there, and good luck to Team SMU!

❤ ,

SMU Sailing Club

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Battle @ the Barrage II- Skipper Profile

SMU will once again feature 2 teams in the upcoming Keelboat Match Racing League held at Marina Barrage on the 26th and 27th of June. Skippering the boats will be Renfred Tay, SMU’s very own 2006 Asian Games Gold Medallist in Match Racing as well as veteran match racer Christopher Lim. Read on to find out more about Chris and his team:

Team SMU
Skipper: Christopher Lim Zijie

Ranked 299 in the ISAF Match Race Open category, Chris enters the competition with substantial match racing experience over his opponents. In 2009, he helmed his first match racing regatta at the Indian Rim Asian University Games and has never looked back since then. In 2010, he skippered his team to an overall 5th position in the World University Games, beating opponents who are ranked over 500 positions above him in the world rankings.

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This talented young lad  will be the one to watch out for in this regatta. In the previous edition of the Battle @ the Barrage, he came in a remarkable 3rd place amidst a strong fleet of competititors, losing out only to teams that comprised of  professionals and national sailors.

Its been rumoured that he may also be setting sights on the Asian Match Racing Tour, a  prestigious match race regatta where the winning team will qualify directly for the World Match Racing Tour! You definitely do not want to give this guy a miss (too big to be missed :D), so do come down to the barrage and give your utmost support to this young aspiring sailor. 

Keelboat Sailing Results

Just to list a few of Chris’ amazing achievements to highlight recent breakthroughs in his sailing career:

  • Indian Rim Asian University Games (Match Racing, 3rd)
  • FISU World University Games 2010 (Match Racing, 5th)
  • Match Race Thailand I and II (2nd)
  • Singapore Straits Regatta 2011 (J24 one design, 1st)

Mains Trimmer: Catherine Chua – Some people call her small, but I’ll describe her as a cheat code! Because what is packed beneath this seemingly minute frame is not only a whole lot of match race experience,  but also the strength and power to survive the demands of a match racing mains trimmer.

Jib Trimmer: Eric Loh Strength? Checked! Weight? Checked! Trimming Skills? Checked! Eric has only 8 months of sailing experience, but already has almost the perfect combination of skills and proportions that any skipper would love to have in his jib trimmer.

Pit-mast: Gwen Quek – Also having sailed for less that 8 months, she has already clocked all the foredeck positions in the Platu. Most recently, she competed in the Top of the Gulf Regatta at the bow of Nataya and made a huge impression among the spectators. Do not judge her by her lack of experience or size, just come down on the race days to see her in action!

Bowman: Alexi Lim–  Alexi has over 6 years of dinghy sailing experience and has recently converted to sailing on the keelboat in the past year. He has shown true dedication in picking up the ropes and his impressive agility will put many more experienced bowmen to shame. Do watch out for him when it comes to bottom mark roundings as his spinnaker drops are rumoured to be legendary.

That all for now, thank you for reading and we hope to see you at the Barrage!

<3,

SMU Sailing Club

Launching of platus

4th June 2011 marks an exciting day in SMU Sailing’s calendar.  Not only because the poor souls on internship get a weekend off work. But also because our newly painted boats are being launched the right way! After a new paint job, SMUve and SMU Mad were ready to “wow” the sailors – on facebook.

Catch our freshly painted boats at SMU Sailing’s next exciting regatta – SSF June Match Race! SMUve and SMU Mad will definitely impress the entire barrage and so will 2 of our teams.

SMU Team 1:

Renfred Tay – Helm
Calvin Lim – Mains
Koh Ziyi – Trimmer
Brandon Heng – Bowman

SMU Team 2:

Chris Lim – Helm
Catherine Chua – Mains
Eric Loh – Trimmer
Alexi Lim – Bowman

Attention: There are new berthing techniques that will be shared with the whole club soon. This new style of berthing is to ensure that the stickers and paint last as long as possible. Abide by these rules, and we keep our boats pretty. Everyone will want to run their fingers through them!

Regards,
SMU Sailing