Light winds for Tiger Worlds
Racing was postponed in the morning due to lack of breeze. The fact is that the previous week had great pressure. What is it with sailing regattas???
Despite there only being 34 entrants at the Raffles Marina venue, it remains that there are seven current and past world champions present. A few of us needing the practice went out early on to check that everything was as it should be and as racing was still postponed after lunch..... well, we went out again to be double sure.
Then at nearly four o'clock when we drifted back into the beach, sure that the day was going to be canned, we dropped our sails..... they in turn dropped the postponement flag, blew the horn and we were off again. It was still light but it had settled enough for a race to be carried out.
With a heavy port bias it was surprising to see so many boats crowding the boat end, maybe it was everyone being cautious and trying to protect their ability to tack away to clear air. Nonetheless at least one boat sailed into the back of the committee boat.
The fleet divided with the left side heading for better winds out in the channel dividing Singapore and Malaysia (don't go there as advised in the skippers briefing) and the other half heading to the right to avoid the current. The breeze favoured the right on the first work and Greg Thomas from the USA lead around the first mark of what was a windward, leeward, finish course.
The lead was hefty and despite gains from those of us who stayed out in the channel on the downwind, greg still lead at the bottom mark. The next work to the finish was a real lottery. Helena and I on Fly Royal Brunei were in the top ten and headed back out left into the channel that paid so well off the start. With the likes of Mitch Booth coming the same way on our hip we were confident it was going to pay again and looked like doing so for a while..... until the lottery commenced.
The windshifts began and after all the discussions over the lovely sponsors product at the bar debriefing it was hard to decide what was the key to the end results as for some it worked going left, for some right and for some just good ol' up the guts.
Enrique Figueroa and Jorge Hernandez from Puerto Rico triumphed over Dol Camille-Olivier from France and Greg Thomas managed after a rollercoaster race to salvage a third for the states. We on Fly Royal Brunei managed a 15th and were proud of ourselves for not getting the camera out as both Gav Colby and Mitch Booth crossed just behind. That was the nature of the first race.
|Enrique Figueroa||Jorge Hernandez||Aus||1||1|
|Dol Camille-Olivier||Francoise Boulaire||FRA||2||2|
|Greg Thomas||Jacques Bernier||USA||3||3|
|Steve Fields||Peter Dubbelaar||AUS||4||4|
|Darren Stower||Lloyd Bradshaw||AUS||5||5|
|John Bauldry||Karen Ann Xavier||USA||6||6|
|Keith Christensen||Curtis Christensen||USA||7||7|
|Aaron Worrall||Andrew Keag||AUS||9||9|
|Allan Lawrance||Gordon McGillivray||RSA||10||10|
|Mal Gray||Jerome Binder||AUS||11||11|
|Jeffrey Newsome||Tracy Nackel||USA||12||12|
|Pedro Colon||Jorge Torres||PUR||13||13|
|Eric Proust||Yann Andrillon||FRA||14||14|
|Paul Larsen||Helena Darvelid||AUS||15||15|
|Mark Haswell||Catherine Fong||PHI||16||16|
|Gavin Colby||Cori Camenish||SUI||17||17|
|Brad Sumner||Kevin Winchester||AUS||8||18|
|Mitch Booth||Taylor Booth||NED||18||18|
|David Bartlett||Jo Bartlett||GBR||19||19|
|Andreas Bredendiek||Nils Froehmer||GER||20||20|
|Darren Smith||Jesse Dobie||AUS||21||21|
|Tadeusz Winkowski||Pawel Jedrzejewski||POL||22||22|
|Fequet Loic||Julie Chouamier||FRA||23||23|
|Jeff Alter||Teri Mckenna||USA||24||24|
|Bob Schahinger||Kath Buchanan||AUS||25||25|
|Scott Lovig||Danny Hunt||AUS||26||26|
|Nigel Harris||Glen Ormerod||MAS||27||27|
|Murray Woodhead||Dean Parker||AUS||28||28|
|Steve Leo||Susan Korzeniewski||USA||29||29|
|David Heroux||John Swiniarski||USA||30||30|
|Brian Phipps||Phillipe Marian||HKG||31||31|
|Thompson Dale||David Tite||AUS||32||32|
|Mark Kopel||Thomas Sutherland||RSA||34|
So that's it for race one, here's a pic. of the days victor enjoying a quiet drop on the minibus back to town and the infamous 'Ichiban sushi bar'
Paul Larsen (weird looking geezer below)