Because I’d rather be sailing

As the end of the semester draws to a close, so do all the deadlines for presentations and project reports. But, just before you get all depressed about week 11, let me share some awesome pictures courtesy of China Cup 2010:

Coming Deepavali, 8 undergrads and 3 alumni of SMU sailing will be heading up to Hong Kong and Shenzhen for a 7-day hiatus! They will be taking part in the China Cup International Regatta 2011 on board a Beneteau 40.7, which proved to be more than an eye-opener for the lucky few who participated in 2010. How often do you see a one-design fleet of 30 x 40-footers!

The team comprises of

  • Skipper: Shaun Toh
  • Tactician: Calvin Lim
  • Mains Trimmer: Gregory Ho
  • Jib Trimmer: Eric Loh
  • Jib Trimmer: Peiquan
  • Pit: Fidelis Tan
  • Pit: Zixian
  • Mast: Brandon Heng
  • Bow: Winfrid Wong
  • Bow: Alexi Lim
  • Floater (and self proclaimed boat boss): Catherine Chua

We are also accompanied by:

  • Team Manager: Andrew Tam
  • Far-east 26 UWA-Alumni Team: Remy, Louis Pek, Su Jun, Karene and Jun Jia.

Which brings me to the title of this post..
Going away in Week 11! Why??? Because I’d rather be sailing =)

Cheers,
SMU Sailing

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How far will you go?

In just a few hours time, the very best of Asia-Pacific’s match racers will be competing in the Asian Match Racing Championships (AMRC) in Terengganu, Malaysia. It is the qualifying regatta that will determine the team who will represent Asia-Pacific at the prestigious Monsoon Cup, the final leg of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) with a prize purse of almost RM1.5 million.

But then, week 9 of the school term isn’t a time for SMU undergrads to fool around. No way will anyone be able to find time to drive up and watch this race. So the question is: what has SMU Sailing got to do with this?

Well you may have guessed, the answer is right here in this picture. One look at this handsome young dude and you’ll instantly feel his awesomeness splashing out of your computer screen. Casting aside an immense workload and a heavy backlog of projects, final year student Christopher Lim and his independent team will be competing against powerhouses from all over Asia and down under for the final qualifying spot in the Monsoon Cup.

Together on board Team Send It Sideways are:

Skipper: Maximilian Soh
Mains Trimmer: Christopher Lim
Jib trimmer: Justin Wong
Mast: Ivan Tan
Bowman: Andrew Paul Chan

You may not know these guys (other than Chris) but I’d like to point out that making it so far into professional sailing requires loads of sacrifice and passion. This is not as straightforward as any Olympic campaign where full support is given by the Sports Council. These people had to take valuable time off work, fund their campaign at various overseas competitions training stints, as well as put aside all other priorities in preparation for this competition. Which brings us to the title of this post: How far will you go to pursue your passion?

Well pardon me for all this talk as I am still reeling from the sheer awesomeness of Chris and his team. At the bottom line, SMU sailing would like to wish the team the very best at the AMRC. Hope to see you all on tv for Monsoon Cup!

Results can be followed online: monsooncup.com.my and more information about the World Match Racing Tour can be found on www.wmrt.com

Cheers,

SMU Sailing

Constantwind MR Cup 2011- Team Profile

Hello everyone!

Last year, the team of Renfred/Peiquan/Samuel Ong represented SMU Sailing in the inaugral edition of the Constantwind MR and came in a respectable 5th position out of  12 teams. Coming this weekend, on the 8th and 9th October, we will be be raising our game by sending not one, not two, but THREE teams to take part in the second edition of the race. Competing in the 3-man laser Bahias, our teams will be battling against 13 other teams for the top spot in the largest match race event ever held in Singapore.

Team Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragons

First up we have Team Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragons, skippered by Shaun Toh, who is into his third year of full time sailing and part time studying in SMU. Fresh from his victory at the recently concluded SSF Match Race League 2 weeks ago, he is accompanied by long time sailors Zixian and Andrea Dragon. Show us some spectacular roll tacks and roll gybes, and no capsizing allowed!

Team T-Party

Next we have Team T-Party, skippered by second-year Alexi Lim who has had over 10 years of dinghy experience. While this is his first time skippering for a match race, I am sure that his experience as the mains trimmer and tactician for Shaun at the SSF Match Race will come in more than handy during the intense pre-starts manoeveurs. He will be backed up by his crew of Alina Chia and Brandon Heng, both third year students. Despite having picked up sailing barely 2 years ago, they have proved themselves to be excellent crews, especially when the helm gets all edgy from pre-start stress!

Team Dodge

Last but not least, we have Team Dodge skippered by second year Calvin Lim who has banged more boats than anyone has ever before. Nonetheless, with the numerous trophies and a coveted world title under his belt, you know you can count on him to deliver with his proven sailing expertise. Not forgetting his crew of Gwen Quek and Eric Loh, all they need to do is warn Calvin of collision situations in advance, and Calvin will be able to work his magic all round the race course!

The race will be held at Constantwind, where imho has the TOP spectator friendliness compared to the hype generated in the Barrage and the Bay. Last year, the start line was barely 20m from the shore and the winds were a steady 10-12 knots throughout the 2 days of racing! Throw in the pre-start shouting (yes it can be heard), numerous capsizes and the live commentary, I assure you that it will be all worth it to make a trip down to support our sailors and the event 😉

Directions to Constantwind can be found on this link: http://www.constantwind.com/contact.html Hope to see you there!

Cheers,

SMU Sailing