Keelin’ It 2016

Yesterday, SMU Sailing held their first ever pilot event at the bay–KEELIN’ IT, where we took some SMU undergrads, post-grads and the public out to sail on the SB20s and SM40s! The event was a huge success and we have many people to thank!

Firstly, we would like to thank SingaporeSailing for the lending us the boats and equipment and also not forgetting the staff from SSF for helping us transport people off and onto the boats. Next, we would like to thanks DBSSailing by the bay for collaborating with us and Polka for sponsoring the awesome Plenish isotonic drinks for the event! And lastly, we want to thank the participant and the SMU Sailing Alumni and volunteers who came down yesterday; your help and support meant a lot to this event and it wouldn’t have been a success without all out you!

Hope everyone had a blast yesterday out at the bay, though the rain was relentlessly pouring down on us, it was great to see that everyone still came down out of their love for Sailing or just simply wanting to experience something new! Cheers to many more of such events to come!

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Nongsa 2016

After a long boat D from Singapore to Nongsa (to which felt like forever) in the choppy seas, we finally reached the Nongsa Marina and settled into our accommodation, all ready for the races to come.

Race day¬†1: T’was an eventful first day at the Nongsa regatta! Congrats to Team WEINER on Quarterdeck for coming in 1st place for Day 1 of the races. Tensions ran high as their bravado led to them swiping their hull against the Committee boat!
Nevertheless, they did well and ended the day with all smiles.
Not so lucky for madder than Mok as they went mad, scoring an OCS and crashing straight into the committee boat on their third and forth race after scoring 2 and 3 for their first 2 races.
There was much competition for the J24s as they were always sailing neck to neck with each other for almost every single race!
Let’s hope fair winds for the next 2 days of racing! Good job sailors!

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Race day 2: Sailors faced challenging conditions throughout the day, with winds picking up through the course of the day. The sudden shower threw many sailors into the pit, searching for cover which proved futile after Race 6. Following dubious decisions from the previous day, and throwing in some cray waves and gusts, the weather sent some boats into a flurry back into shore. With SMUmad retiring from the races with a broken tiller, the rest of the boats carried on with Poseidon’s blessing to complete the races for the day. We heard a rumor that SMUmad hopes to finish all races for the last day of races!
After the races, the sailors went to Nagoya Hill for a scrumptious seafood dinner and a much needed massage! Hang in there team! One more day of racing!!!

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Final day of races: And that’s a wrap for our very 1st Nongsa regatta! The last 2 races of the day proved to be challenging and a heck of an adventure as most of the boats decided to do a role swap for the very last race which sent both boats, QD and Shengli, into an accidental collision. Shengli’s bow smashed into QD’s extensions leaving them with a very convenient beer can holder at their bow! SMUmad ended their first race with a bang, as their main sheet “exploded” after that very race. And we all know “somebody gonna get hurt real bad” during kangaroo court tonight! This regatta was definitely an eventful one, full of “cluster f**ks” and laughter — an eye opener for all the freshmen sailors for sure!

Congratulations to all the sailors once again, and here are the overall results.

IRC Class:
2nd place: SMUve
3rd place: Quarterdeck
4th place: SMUmad

J24 Class:
1st: Quarterdeck
2nd: Shengli
3rd: JMM

A big thank you to everyone for making his regatta such a success! Can’t wait for the next one!

Photo credits: SEA Yatching Magazine

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