21st Western Circuit Sailing Regatta

What a successful 21st Western Circuit Sailing Regatta! Thanks to the organising committee from SMU Windsurfing & SMU Sailing, as well as the Raffles Marina Staff – all the hard work have finally paid off.

It is an honor to have our SMU President – Professor Arnoud De Meyer to grace the event, along with SMU Dean of Students Professor Paulin Straughan; OSL Managers – Mr Daniel Tan, Jinella Chua & Aaron Tan; SMU Office of Alumni Relations – Mr Andrew Tam. The annual charity auction raised SGD7550.95 to be donated to Sailability Singapore.

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Our SMU Sailors were represented in the SB20, J24 & IRC B Class this year. Emerging second in the J24 Class isShengli, while, Born in Fire achieved third place in the IRC B Class!

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Shengli

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Born in Fire

This annual regatta serves as an annual gathering of all past & present SMU Sailors. Western Circuit Sailing Regatta definitely holds a significant place in every SMU Sailor’s heart –  the friendships forged, memories made & lessons learnt (in & out of sea). Huge thanks to our alumni for all your support these years & many more years to come!

 

Join us for the 22nd Western Circuit Sailing Regatta & mark the dates: 17, 18 & 24th August 2019! See you there!

For more information, check out www.westerncircuit.com.

 

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RSYC Regatta 2018

Our sailors did SMU proud again! This time, at the annual RSYC Regatta, Team Chubby Cheeks, skippered by Bernice & Team #Kevpha, skippered by Ravipha clinched 1st & 3rd place in the IRC Class respectively.

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Team Chubby Cheeks (from Left to Right): Darryl Tan, Tan De Xun, Bernice Foo, Sng Jia Ping, Koh Ling Ying, Isaac Peck

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Team Chubby Cheeks (from Left to Right): Bernice Foo, Darryl Tan, Isaac Peck, Sng Jia Ping, Nicole Quek, Tan De Xun

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Team #Kevpha (from Left to Right): Kenny Chee, Cherise Lei, Soh Weina, Ravipha, Kevin Goh, Chermian Lim

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Li Ka Shing Cup (JUNE)

For a change, this year’s edition of the annual alumni-undergraduate sail event was conducted using SB20s! Thankfully, the sailing conditions were in our favour this time — winds were pretty good and it wasn’t a sunny day. And, unlike the usual penalties, the sailors had to sing, pose, do circles & additional hoists and drops downwind. All the inner talents & practical skills in play were commendable and every sailor, even the alumni, were sporting! As Li Ka Shing Cup is still a race afterall, our sailors went all out to impress the race committee and took every race seriously. On behalf of the 14th EXCO & Alumni EXCO, we would like to thank everyone who came for the event!

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Team Ravi’s Bows — James, Weina, Ravi & Darryl (From Left to Right)

Heavy Weight & Team Darr

Team Darryl & Heavy Weight Champions — Chong Jie, Zhenghan, Chantel, Annabelle, Lenny, Calvin, BDJ, Dexun (From Left to Right)

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The Champions goes to Team B! [Alexi, Yumei, Cherise & Kevin]

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Second Place goes to Team Renfred! [Renfred, Sheryl, Colin Tan, Bryan]

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Third Place goes to Heavy Weight Champions! [Lenny, Annabelle, BDJ, Dexun]

Sail Camp 2K18

This year’s Sail Camp was held in Johor Bahru and Raffles Marina. The 2D1N trip to Johor Bahru with the sailors was filled with fun, laughter and all smiles! Our first stop after breakfast at Hua Mui Restaurant, was the TRAMPOLINE PARK! Amazingly, our sailors once again proved to be talented in all sports, including the execution of stunts at the trampoline park. The second stop was the famous duck rice shop for lunch, followed by massage/tea/shopping at KSL Shopping Mall.

Known for being bottomless pits, we ended the night at a night market before heading back to the villa to watch the World Cup! Before we knew it, it was time to head back to Raffles Marina for Bar-to-Bar, our sailing tradition where each batch sails as a team and competes against other batches. There were three teams this year — Freshies (Bryan, Kevin, Chong Jie, Ravipha, Marcus), Year 2s (Bernice, Kenny, Joel, Rebecca & Nicole) and Year 3/4/Alumni (Alexandra, BDJ, Annabelle, Cherise, Chantel, Yumei). This year’s penalties were mostly directed to the Year 2 batch. They had to swap roles: Bernice (Helm), Kenny (Bow), Joel (Mains), Rebecca (Pit/Mast), Nicole (Jib). Surprisingly, this team managed to lead the fleet of three teams. But, eventually lost out to the Year 3/4/Alumni team at the last leg. After the completion of Bar-to-Bar, everyone hung out at the swimming pool to play and eat, before ending the day. 

 

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J24 & Platu 25 Championships 2018

The annual regatta held at Changi Sailing Club saw the induction of the Platu 25 Class this year! Representing SMU Sailing in the new competitive class of boats are none other than SMUve and SMU MAD. As for the J24 Class, our SMU team comprised of Jangan Main-Main (JMM) and Shengli.

Over the course of the regatta, there was an equal share of rain & shine. However, our SMU Sailors strived to do their best and ultimately, 3 out of 4 SMU teams clinched podium finishes for this regatta.

There were 6 races in total for the Platu Class and 5 races for the J24 Class. Saturday was a rainy day, bringing about strong winds and the heavy rain blurred visions in the distance. Despite the heavy rain and strong winds on Saturday, SMUve managed to finish first of the fleet for both races, placing them in a favourable position for a podium finish after the first day of racing. Sunday, however, was a sunny day with light winds. It served as a good test of our sailors abilities to trim their sails to the right angles and spot for gusty patches amidst the shifty winds throughout the course. Like every regatta, there are always things to learn and our sailors definitely picked up some learning points over the weekend. Congratulations to all the teams who won! And, to those who didnt, train harder and remain positive!

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Picture 1 – Crew of Shengli: [From Left to Right] Joel Tay, Annabelle Lam, Alexandra Koh, Cherise Lei, Brandon Heng

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Picture 2 – Crew of SMU MAD: [From Left to Right] Soh Weina, Jarrett Goh, Bernice Foo, Chantel Ng, Darryl Tan, Isaac Peck

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Picture 3 – Crew of SMUve: [From Left to Right] Rebecca Goh, Marcus Ee, Calvin Lim, Chong Jie, Lynette Ng, Kenny Chee

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Picture 4 – Sailors representing SMU Sailing

Top Of The Gulf Regatta 2018

As our largest overseas regatta, this year’s TOGR was quite a disappointment due to the light winds, causing almost all four race days to have AP flags. The regatta ended with six races, compared to last year’s ten races. The last race day of the regatta ended with another day of AP flag and the crew bobbed on the water for about an hour. Before long, winds started picking up once again and was strong enough for us to complete 2 races. Team Ravi’s Ruthless Regime did well on the first race, rounding the top mark FIRST among the fleet, edging out the tough competition. As races comes to an end, all our sailors learnt and gained valuable experience that they can apply to future regattas. The club would like to thank the alumni for coming down and participating in the regatta, teaching the undergrads. Finally we would also like to extend our gratitude to SMU’s OSL for their continual support!

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Keelin’ It — The 3rd Installment

The third instalment of Keelin’ It happened this weekend. SMU Sailing hopes that all our participants and sailors had a great time under the sun and that the slight drizzle towards the end of the day didn’t bring anyone down! Thank you to all our participants for coming down and also to our own beloved sailors for helping out this weekend! Do keep a lookout for our next instalment of Keelin’ It if you missed this one!

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Subic Bay Cup Regatta

Our sailors are exploring new seas as Team Subic Booze Cruise competes in the upcoming Subic Regatta! Initially, this regatta was supposed to be held in Boracay but in a matter of days with less than 2 weeks to the regatta, the venue was changed to Subic Bay. Having had no experience sailing on the Fareast28 and no prior training as a crew before this regatta, Team Subic Booze Cruise definitely did exceptionally well, considering the competition from the international and local teams here in the Philippines! SMU Sailing is proud to announce that our sailors have clinched 3rd place! Charting unfamiliar waters, the team is very grateful for the hospitality shown by the Filipinos, especially from Subic Sailing. We would like to thank the organising committee for such a wonderful and enriching experience for our sailors!

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SB20 Grand Slam

Despite returning back from the 3rd Nongsa Regatta the week before, our sailors took part in the annual SB20 Grand Slam. To their surprise, winds were stronger than the Nongsa Regatta! Although our sailors did not take home any awards, they definitely gained experience sailing the SB20 boats. We would like to congratulate our SMU Sailing Alumni for achieving the 5th place overall!

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3rd Nongsa Regatta

The 3rd Nongsa Regatta marked the very first regatta of the year for SMU Sailing! Despite the treacherous boat delivery from Raffles Marina to Nongsa Point and back, our sailors definitely had an enjoyable time in and out of water. For many of the freshmen, it is their first regatta representing SMU Sailing, and we are immensely proud of their performance! Nongsa Point was known for its strong winds, a very different set of conditions from where we usually train. Despite that, our sailors proved their competence and tenacity to go beyond their comfort zone and achieve greater heights! SMU Sailing is proud to announce that all our four boats had gained podium finishes! SMUve and SMUmad achieved 2nd and 3rd place respectively for the IRC class! For the J24 class, Shengli and Quarterdeck clinched 1st and 3rd Place respectively! Congratulations to all our sailors and go Team SMU Sailing!

 

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