Please select your home edition
Edition
upffront 728x90

Singapore Straits- Ray Roberts collects another win

by AsianYachting.com on 30 Jan 2011
Ray Roberts wins the Singapore Straits Regatta and the Lipton Trophy in one go - Singapore Straits Regatta 2011 AsianYachting.com
Going into the final races only one or two points separated the leaders in three of the five classes. Most boats headed out early for some fine tuning and prepare the crew mentally and physically for what needs to be done to win the title. The IRC B class were a little too ambitious, and a general recall was signalled by PRO Richard Cai, whose team have done a great job to hold it all together and complete the race schedule in testing conditions. Once again the nor’east monsoon was pumping in at a steady 16 knots with gusts reaching 24 knots. This was going to be such a challenging day on both crew and machine that the eventual winners would deserve the title.

The Racing class duelling duo once again went through the pre-start circling motions that have enthralled onlookers all week, as they jockeyed for the windward berth. Ray Roberts’ TP 52 Evolution Racing hit the line with speed with Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi to leeward and bow slightly ahead. Difficult to live in that position for long, and as Evolution Racing rolled over Hi Fi a taking duel was instigated. Roberts covered Pryde tack for tack up the windward leg, and rounded the top mark ahead. Thrilling downwind slides followed, but as Hi Fi approached the bottom mark, an equipment failure prevented the crew from dousing the spinnaker and Pryde was forced to carry on past and do a wide arc, loosing valuable ground on Evolution Racing, who was fast disappearing into the distance. Roberts went on to win and make it four wins out of the scheduled seven races, putting him in an unbeatable position. To avoid further gear breakage it was mutually agreed not to contest Race 7. This result sees Ray Roberts become the Singapore Straits Regatta champion, and win the S.E.A. Perpetual Cup Series to take home the replica of the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy. Four regatta wins and one second place almost certainly puts them in the box seat to win the Evolution Sails AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards.

Only one point separated Sarab Jeet Singh's Sydney 40MOD Windsikher and Rick Pointon's J/130 Jing Jing at the start of the day. All competitors were a little too keen at the start of Race 6 and a general recall was signaled as most were caught over the line. After the restart it was business as usual, with Singh's Windsikher the first to set the spinnaker at the top mark, closely followed by Pointon's Jing Jing in hot pursuit. This time it was Jing Jing's turn for some broaching action, which unsettled the crew and dropped them back in the pack. As Singh's Windsikher went on to win the race and Pointon's Jing Jing finished in fourth place, the title was in the bag for Sarab Singh's merry crew with one race to spare. Yazid Ramli's Beneteau 42.7 Rip Jaw, crewed by the Singapore dinghy champions came through in the end to win Race 7 and secure themselves third overall.

After yesterday’s results, Adriaan Smit's Power Partners held a three point lead over Gregory Ho's SMUve, who were determined to go out and make up for the Race 5 disqualification. That's just what they did, and by winning two races today, regained the lead and won the IRC C title in commanding fashion. Believe me, this is no mean feat on a Platu 25 in windy conditions. Despite breaking nearly everything on the boat, Gordon Maxted's Young 84 Shoon Fung Too came home with two second places to take over second overall. A shredded spinnaker and a main cap shroud parting company, saw Adriaan Smit's chances on Power Partners blown away in the wind but they have done enough in the earlier races to hold onto third place overall.

Although the racing was close in the one design J/24 class, Christopher Lim's Jangan Main Main managed to score six wins in a row and on paper convincingly take the title. Never far behind the Indonesians on A. Wahab's Nova have consistently scored second place to secure second overall. Calvin Lim's Shengli won the last race in Jangan Main Main's absence but had to settle on third overall. I. Wayan Rusdiana's Merdeka finished in a distant fourth and will have to invest in new sails if they are to improve in the future.

In the PY class Deanna Adams, the only lady skipper in the fleet, on her Beneteau QI, triumphed over Malcolm Chang's brand new Oceanis 46 Charlotte's Web in both races to secure the title on their first outing in anger.

At the same time, the Windsurfers, Optimist and Byte classes have been contesting the Batam Open Regatta. Young sailors from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia have all braved the 20 knot winds and two meter seas outside the marina, to return on a steep learning curve and character building exercise that they can brag about when they get home.

Another resounding success and a true test of sailors’ ability to handle difficult conditions. Other boat owners in the region should take note if they want to challenge their crew and get out of the comfort zone by battling the elements. This regatta will also go a long way to increasing the participation level to the event’s former glory days. The organisers must be congratulated for putting on a great show and if the enthusiasm shown by the competitors is anything to go by, mark it as 'must attend' for all the above reasons in the sailing diary.
Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82Barz Optics - Melanin LensesT Clewring AC72

Related Articles

PA Consulting and Allen RS Feva Worlds - Practice and opening day
164 boats completed registration and had their practice race just out of the harbour entrance in front of the city beach 2016 PA Consulting/Allen RS Feva World Championship - It’s officially Fiesta Week in Santander! Oh yes, in addition to the traditional massive fair and circus and two public holidays this week there is this year the RS Feva Worlds. 164 boats completed registration and had their practice race just out of the harbour entrance in front of the city beach.
Posted today at 7:13 am
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - And not a lot of people know that...
As well as bearing a remarkable resemblance to Michael Caine, RORC Admiral Andrew McIrvine leads an extra-ordinary life. 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - As well as bearing a remarkable resemblance to Michael Caine, RORC Admiral Andrew McIrvine leads an extra-ordinary life.
Posted today at 6:11 am
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - France sets the pace on Day 1
Competitors from south side of English Channel have upper hand after the opening day of Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Competitors from the south side of the English Channel have the upper hand after the opening day of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial event for three boat teams with Corinthian crews.
Posted today at 5:00 am
Sundrenched Quiberon heralds great start to OK Dinghy World Champs
The European heat wave shows no sign of letting up as more than 100 OK Dinghy sailors made their final preparations 2016 OK Dinghy World Championship - The European heat wave shows no sign of letting up as more than 100 OK Dinghy sailors made their final preparations for the start of the 2016 OK Dinghy World Championship, which was opened today in sunny Saint-Pierre Quiberon.
Posted today at 3:05 am
LV America’s Cup World Series – Big Ben takes a big win in Portsmouth
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on hand to present the awards and it was a fitting end to an amazing weekend. It really was Super Sunday for Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR whose second place in the last of Sunday’s three races gave them the overall regatta win at the Portsmouth event.
Posted on 24 Jul
America's Cup World Series - Big win for Big Ben in Portsmouth
A Royal handshake, a big yellow spot, personalised LV handbags and the adulation of the home crowd You’ve heard the news – for British sailing fans it was a big day in Portsmouth at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series as Sir Ben Ainslie and Team Land Rover BAR scored a bullet and two second places against Team Oracle USA’s second and two firsts to take the ‘regatta’ and climb to the top of the LVACWS leaderboard overall.
Posted on 24 Jul
America's Cup World Series – Two win day closes the gap on leaderboard
Oracle Team USA opened Super Sunday with a second place finish and followed it up with two race victories Oracle Team USA opened Super Sunday with a second place finish and followed it up with two race victories to close within just one point of the winning home team.
Posted on 24 Jul
Transat Québec Saint-Malo – A battle from start to finish
After a quick transatlantic race time of 12 days, two hours and 24 minutes, team Imerys crossed the St Malo finish line. The 3000nm downwind adventure from Quebec City to St Malo proved seven days faster than May's 3000nm upwind Transat bakerly from Plymouth to New York.
Posted on 24 Jul
Azzurra now in the Balearics for third event in 52 Super Series 2016
The fleet of ten TP 52s had their Practice Race today in the thermal breezes that are so typical of Mallorca. The fleet of ten TP 52s had their Practice Race today in the thermal breezes that are so typical of Mallorca. It was a day of fine-tuning before the Puerto Portals Sailing Week officially begins.
Posted on 24 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Oiling the wheels
The TP52 Class have been coming to chic self-contained Puerto Portals since the Med Fleet’s formative year, 2005. The TP52 Class have been coming to chic self-contained Puerto Portals since the Med Fleet’s formative year, 2005. The MedCup was hosted four times by the marina between 2005 and 2008 and 2016 is now the second time that the 52 Super Series will race out on the Bay of Palma based from Puerto Portals Marina.
Posted on 24 Jul