19th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta 2016

19th WCSR (Race day 1 & 2): SMU sailing put on a great showing in the first weekend of the19th Western Circuit Sailing regatta. We had a total of 5 teams representing across 2 classes, IRC B and SB20s. Over the weekend, the sailors faced various conditions, ranging from light tricky winds to heavier breeze with choppy seas. Despite that, one constant was the sailors’ sheer determination to perform in any conditions thrown at them.

In the IRC B class, both teams sailed up the leaderboards from early on and it became an internal battle for the overall lead! SMUve and SMUmad will enter Day 3 in 1 and 2!

Over in the SB20 fleet, our teams gave their best and faced intense competition. Overall, the podium was held by the more experienced SB20 sailors of Glasgow Kiss and 2015 Sea Games Gold Medalist team of SSF1. This definitely will not dampen our sailors’ spirits and we will come back hungrier on Day 3!

Lots to learn and much fun awaits!

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Race day 3: We have finally reached the much-anticipated last day of 19th WCSR. Like any other competition, the last day is extra crucial in order to convert all the prior days of hardwork into a coveted trophy. A tiny slip up, could mean losing a podium finish or being the runner up.

Our teams representing in the IRC B and SB20 class psyched themselves up and went into Day 3 fresh and ready to send it!

In the IRC B class, it was truly an internal battle between SMUve and SMUMad. With such a small margin separating them, 1 point was all it took to decide the winner. Even though both teams suffered a false start in Race 6, the overall championship title still to went SMUve, with SMUMad in 2nd. They have truly done SMU proud, flaunting their dominance in this class and defending their title.

Over in the SB20 class, our sailors put up a good fight against the highly competitive and experienced fleet. With our teams ranging from alumni to freshie, it was a brilliant showcase of teamwork and ability to adapt to various sailing styles. In the end, the final standing was 7th, 9th and 13th place.

All in all, this 19th WCSR has presented us with splendid weather and fair winds. The team has undoubtedly learnt and grown through the process. Just want to say a big thank you to OSL for all their help and support for this regatta!

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