USLA 2016: Tonight is a good night for SMU Sailing! We brought home the GOLD award for the SMU Excellence in Student Life Award and for the first time, we won the SMU Alumni Association CCA Award! A few of our sailors took home some great awards tonight as well. Amanda Ng won the SMU Outstanding Achievement Award and our MVP, Ms Terena Lam won both the SMU Outstanding Achievement Award in Student Life and SMU Excellence Award in Student Life Gold Award! Congratulations SMU Sailing! We want to thank the 11th Executive Committee, the Office of Student Life and SMU Sports Union for all their support and hard work that brought us these wonderful achievements today!
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!
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!!!
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.
2nd place: SMUve
3rd place: Quarterdeck
4th place: SMUmad
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
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!
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!
Day 1 results:
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:
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!
Day 3 results:
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!
^Poor Helms Woman, Ling Ying, being forced to wear a GoPro on her head today by the media team!
Day 4/Overall results:
CONGRATULATIONS SMU SAILING FOR WINNING 1ST PLACE FOR THE 14TH ROYAL LANGKAWI INTERNATIONAL 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.
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.
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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