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:
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.
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!