DAY 2 – 2019 SB20 Asian Grand Slam and Asia Pacific Championships
27 January, 2019
The fleet woke up to another sunny day with the plenty of pressure already on early in the morning. Crews slowly ambled down to the fabulous ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove Singapore to rig and tune their boats for another competitive day of racing at the SB20 Asian Grand Slam and Asia Pacific Championships.
The fleet headed just after 10.00am after PRO Robert van Muyden raised the D flag signaling his approval for the fleet to head out to the race course. Racing was momentarily postponed as the race course was set slightly further east. However PRO Robert van Muyden did an excellent job in swiftly getting the fleet going despite a general recall against an adverse tide. With the windward mark mark set off the East Coast Seafood Centre, the fleet were guided through shifty conditions by the scent of chilli crab and fried buns. Team Norway smashed the first beat and the first race to set the tone for the day. Glasgow Kiss, having fought their way back from 5th at the first top mark, took second place with Daniel Toh and team from Raffles Junior College (Pier Pressure) bringing home third place having sailed a very consistent race.
Race two saw the fleet arriving en masse at the first mark. With plenty of action the spread mark was collected by Pascal Radue and Team SMU Alumni and consequntially also Team Du Mei Dai making for a very confusing rounding and lots of place changes. The teams that managed to get through the mele and gybe early headed into new breeze and made signifjgant gains. Glasgow Kiss, having been deep on the first beat, made up a number of places to round the bottom mark first and then pulling away to win the race with Team Norway making late gains on the final downwind leg to finish second with Team Pier Pressure once again sailing an excellent race to finish third.
Pressure was up and left for the third and final start of the day. The fleet got off to a clean start with Walababy making the most of the left shift to the windward mark first with Pocapena in hot pursuit. Edbut took charge down the first run rounding the bottom mark im first and then never looked back to home the final race of the final race of the day. Team 3LB sailed a strong race coming home in second with Team Du Mei Dai bring home third.
Team Polarbears / Team Norway leads a very compact leader board by 1 point over night. With everything to play for the fleet is set up for a final day shoot out tomorrow! After sailing, the teams took the bar and enjoyed a multitude of beverage induced debriefs to set the record straight. Once again the winner of the day was sailing in Singapore with great conditions, the fabulous hosts ONE°15 Marina and all the organisers whom are doing outstanding job. The fleet is looking forward to another exciting day of racing tomorrow to decide the final standings and the winners of this years edition of the Asian Grand Slam and Asia Pacific Championships.