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Day 2

16 January 2014

Start of Race 1
Start of Race 1

Welcome back to Singapore and the 20th Straits Regatta series. After an exciting day in Batam, Indonesia, we’re back in Singapore and the classy One degree 15 Marina for the SB20 one-designs.

The Race Committee gave their final briefing to the sailing teams first thing in the morning, and as the sun was breaking through the clouds, all the teams focused on preparing for a tough day ahead.

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Skippers briefing for the SB20 fleet
Bottom mark

Three races were scheduled for the SB20s with the starting signal at midday. The weather promised exciting sailing with strong gusty winds and shifty conditions, making it challenging for all the teams.

All three races were completed, with dramas throughout the fleet. The starts found most boats squeezing in at the committee boat end, all trying to keep to the right side of the course which had more wind pressure.

Strong gusts, the high level of competition and a fantastic view of the Singapore skyline added to the spectacle of racing here. The SB20 is a quick and challenging boat which needs good crew work for manoeuvres, and the teams had to be at their best in the tricky conditions.

Zenith Sailing Team
Zenith Sailing Team

The crew who had least problems sailing in this weather was the Zenith Sailing Team. They scored two bullets and a second, putting them at the top of the leaderboard. Zenith is helmed by 2008 Olympian Xu Yuan Zhen who really enjoyed the day, finishing with a big smile. His teammates include  Tan Jen-E, a bronze medallist in the Asian Games, plus Terence Koh, a 470 Olympian at the 2000 Games. These guys had their moments, but they always managed to find clear lanes to rise to the top.

The XCELLENT team also had a great day, with former UK SB20 champion and active member of European circuit John Pollard at the helm. They scored a first, third and an 8th.
The day was good also for the SSF team scoring two 3rds and a 16th putting them in 7th overall. They have a top Asian crew including Yukie Yokoyama, 2012 Optimist World Champion, and Bertha Han, 2013 Optimist Girls World Champion, plus Justin Liu on the helm, two time Asian Games gold medalist and 2010 420 World Champion.

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Team XCELLENT rounding the bottom mark ahead of Ideal Team Racing

So, with three races completed, Zenith ruled the leaderboard, with Xcelent second and the Ideal racing team in third, with just two points between 4th, 5th and 6th placed Glasgow Kiss, SSF and Pocapena.

Tomorrow we’ll have more action from the Singapore Straits Regatta. Do stay with us.

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