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.
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!
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!
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!