All eyes on Asian Grand Slam

Organised by Raffles Marina in the west of Singapore, the 2015 Singapore Nationals held over the weekend of October 31-Nov 1 were a huge success. Both days saw early light air settle into a sparkling sea-breeze direction, with seven tight and competitive races completed.

Halfway through the event, positions on the leaderboard were very tight.  The early leader was ‘Glasgow Kiss’ helmed by Class Captain, Nils Razmilovic.  However, as his team unexpectedly faded, the regatta’s general pattern emerged. ‘Werner’ helmed by Johannes Babendererde was getting great starts and frequently leading around the course by a very close margin, a consistency which resulted in four race wins and two second places.

The overall victory for ‘Werner’ gave Babendererde and his team back-to-back Nationals titles. Johannes commented after, ‘After light winds in the mornings Singapore did not disappoint and we had fabulous sailing conditions once again. The racing was always close with numerous position changes.’

Also repeating last year’s result was Jervis Tilly on ‘Tara’, who took second overall with James Harayda on ‘Bandit’ placing 3rd.

As the Nationals is the last of the four main SB20 regattas in Singapore each year, attention now turns to the 2016 Asia Pacific Championships, which this year incorporate the first SB20 Asian Grand Slam.  Nils Razmilovic commented, ‘The Asia Pacific Championships is the highlight of the Asian calendar with world class competition and champagne sailing conditions.  The seasonal 16-20 knots breeze combine with sunshine and warm water to boot.  It‘s one not to miss!’

Held from January 28-31 at the ONE15 marina and supported by the Singapore Sailing Federation, entries for the 2016 Asia Pacific Championships include teams from around the world, with boats from the UK, France, Portugal, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Australia already signed up, together with much local interest. ‘Werner’ will be one of the strong favourites going into the event, while SportsboatWorld’s own Jerry Hill is going to be among the Brits taking part. The local SB20 Class Association is working hard to release boats for charter for visiting teams, so do get in touch if you fancy taking part.

The event is scheduled to run nine races, plus practice days, and a social programme including a cocktail reception and prizegiving dinner. Further information can be found at http://www.sb20asiangrandslam.com/

2015 Singapore National Champions 'Werner', Johannes Babendererde, Christoph Franz & Bastian Koerbes

2015 Singapore National Champions ‘Werner’, Johannes Babendererde, Christoph Franz & Bastian Koerbes