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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Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2016

Andddddd our sailors have landed in the sunny island of Langkawi! After a long and tiring afternoon of boat preparation, the sailors finally got the rest they needed over a small albeit sumptuous meal- an attempt to starve before the dreaded weigh in tomorrow! Good luck for the upcoming races team!

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Race day 1: Though it was forecasted that offshore winds would be predominantly light to modest in the morning today, the sailors went out there and gave it their very best ; coming back with 2 bullets from the races today!! Very well done guys! Keep up the good work and press on!

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Day 1 results:

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Langkawi Race Day 2: Competition was strong today as the sailors tried their best to beat the winds and currents. The team fought hard to maintain their position, and managed to get 3rd placing for both the races today.

Day 2 results:

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Langkawi Day 3: Finally, our sailors are half way through the RLYC regatta! After having a bad 2nd day, our sailors managed to pick themselves up, earning 2 bullets for the 2 races on the west coasts, where they were faced with huge waves, strong current and winds gusting between 15-20 knots! SMU did well in controlling their boat in this difficult condition where many others weren’t able to. So well done and keep up the good work for the rest of the regatta!

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Day 3 results:

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Langkawi 2016 Day 4: Winds were especially light today, which posed a challenge to the team as they fought head to head with the other lighter boats in their class. But nothing can bring the sailors down, coming in 1st for the first race and 4th in the second race today! Press on team!

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^Poor Helms Woman, Ling Ying, being forced to wear a GoPro on her head today by the media team!

Day 4/Overall results:

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CONGRATULATIONS SMU SAILING FOR WINNING 1ST PLACE FOR THE 14TH ROYAL LANGKAWI INTERNATIONAL REGATTA!

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18th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta

Day 1: Strong winds greeted our sailors on the first day of this year’s Western Circuit Sailing Regatta. It was an eventful day as broaching, flying hats and collisions happened within a span of 4 races! SMUve opened with victory in the first race but dropped down the order in the next three races.  Despite numerous mishaps (a skied halyard, a spin that went fishing and a collision at the start line), SMUmad drove home the next two victories to take the overall lead. In the J/24 class, Shengli fought hard and placed 2nd overall after the first day.

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Day 2: A slight drizzle and medium winds at the start of race 4 brought excitement as boats jostled for a position on the line. In the IRC B class, with the prestigious President’s Cup at stake, SMUmad and SMUve nailed the start line in front of the favored bigger boats. Patchy winds, wind shifts and current challenged our sailors as they tried to get around the course. Eventually,victory for SMUmad extended their lead in the IRC B class.  In the J/24 class, there was no shortage of excitement as Shengli managed to start ahead and round the top and bottom mark ahead of Angel in race 6! With consistent finishes, Shengli was able to maintain their overall 2nd place position. 

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Day 3: Despite cloudy skies and rain in the morning, winds remained a steady 12 knots throughout the day. With strong current and clear pressure lines, connecting the gusts and estimating the lay-lines were key to staying in front. After 3 long races, SMUmad emerged overall champions in the IRC B class and also took home the prestigious President’s Cup! SMUve also put up a good fight despite narrowly missing podium finish! In the J/24 class, Shengli sailed spectacularly and clinched overall 2nd place (even managing to beat Angel in the first race of the day)!

Congratulations to our sailors and thank you organizing committee, race committee, volunteers, sailors and everyone else who made this event such a success! We hope to see you all again at next year’s Western Circuit Sailing Regatta!

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Transworld Invitational 2015 Platu25 Regatta

With Bryan losing his passport, overweight luggage and Jia almost forgetting her luggage code, our Transworld team had an exciting time at the airport as they prepared for their flight to Thailand!

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With a smooth practice race, our sailors were warmed up and ready to take on Thai waters!

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Day 1: 4 races were completed in light to medium winds. With shifty conditions and varying wind strengths, our sailors came in 8th overall after today’s racing. With 4 races on Saturday and another 3 on Sunday, our sailors hoped to climb up the ranks.

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Day 2 of racing brought an average of 12 knots of wind. With a 9, 8, 6 & 5 for today’s races, our sailors managed to perform consistently and improve throughout the day. Our sailors concluded the day with the movie, Cinderella!

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With a 2, 8 and 5, our sailors concluded day 3 in 8th place overall!

Congratulations to our Transworld team and may they return safely to Singapore.

21st Singapore Straits Regatta

Light winds greeted our sailors on the very first day of the Singapore Straits Regatta. With the outhaul on QD breaking 10 minutes before the first race, it added to our ever growing list of equipment failures. Shengli faced a different kind of equipment failure, as their Mast-woman attempted to strangle herself in the jib sheets when they tacked. The stress must be getting to her. Our teams raced well, with Shengli having consistent top place finishes. Thus, Shengli ended Day 1 tied in first place with Shun Fung Too. After a long day of racing, our teams went for a well-deserved seafood dinner!

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3 races were conducted on Day 2 in medium winds with Shengli finishing 1,3,3, and QD finishing 4, 4, 4. Our sailors sailed hard despite the tricky conditions and performed consistently.

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Day 3 brought with it an average of 8 knots of wind. Our teams finished in 3rd (Shengli) and 4th (QD) placing for the passage race.

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The last day of SSR ended eventfully with Shengli tearing a spin and QD broaching during the passage race. Our sailors enjoyed good winds averaging 15 knots, with gusts reaching 18 knots. The day concluded with a sumptuous buffet at ONE°15.

Overall results:
Shengli 3rd
QD 4th

Results at – http://www.straitsregatta.com/results.php

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Congratulations to both teams! It has been a challenging regatta but our sailors have done well, made memories and gained valuable experience. Thank you SSR for keeping our sailors safe and hosting another great regatta!

Now…  it’s back to the books (and back to reality) for our sailors!

Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2015!

Strong winds welcomed our sailors on Day 1 of racing at the Royal Langkawi International Regatta. A steady 15 knots of breeze with winds gusting up to 18 knots proved too much to handle for the team’s spinnaker, which gave in during race 1 of the regatta. With a 6th and 2nd place finish in race 1 and race 2 respectively, Team SMU finished off the day in 3rd place overall. 

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Day 2 of the RLIR2015 was also ridden with equipment failure as the mainsheet block snapped 20 seconds before the first start of the day. Forced to start 5 minutes late, and with a makeshift block, our sailors finished their race in 5th place. Though faced with a setback, they were unfazed and finished race 4 in 1st place.  This put our sailors in 3rd place overall after day 2.

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With three consecutive 2nd place finishes, our team finished 2nd place overall after Day 3. Fierce competition and tight racing resulted in the first and second boat finishing approximately 10 seconds apart in all the races. A broken vang in race 6 added to the list of even growing equipment failures. Trailing 6 points behind the leaders and with 1 discard this regatta, our team had their work cut out for them.

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Day 4 of the regatta brought good winds and exciting racing. Coastal races had to be cancelled as conditions in the open seas reaching 30 knots. Our team raced well and placed 2nd and 1st in the two harbor races that were done. However, as they lost a protest in race 8, this resulted in a 5th placing.

However, our team sailed well and secured a 2nd place finish in the Sportsboats category for this year’s RLIR2015! Congratulations to our sailors after 4 long days of racing!

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^ Our team having dinner with other podium winners, the Royal Queensland Sailing Team and the Royal Selangor Yacht Club.

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It has been a great regatta with good winds and tight racing. Thank you Royal Langkawi International Regatta for hosting us and keeping our team safe!

Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2015

 

From 12-17 January 2015, our sailors will be braving the winds and waves in Langkawi with hopes of attaining the Langkawi Sports Trophy! With good wind, strong competition and intense racing, there’s no better way to spend Week 2 of the school term. Follow our sailors at http://www.langkawiregatta.com/Results-General/Result-2015.html?link=pointscore/626

Wishing them all the best and smooth sailing ahead!

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The sunset on practice day ^
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Skipper’s briefing ^IMG_3488

Our sailors prepped and ready for some action on water! ^
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