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:
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.
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!