Mid-way report from the Asian Grand Slam

The first-ever Asian Grand Slam and third Asia Pacific Championship, got underway yesterday at the ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa, Singapore. Icarus Sailing Media have a report from Days 2 and 3:

Yesterday’s three races set the scene for today, as teams needed to rethink their strategies and optimise race techniques, to out-sail their rivals and move on up the leaderboard.

The SB20 is all about teamwork – raced with a crew of 3 or 4 members – skipper, trimmer and bow man. Each role is unique, and needs perfecting for the whole team to succeed.

Each person has their own task, actions for each manoeuvre, different roles to call tactics and strategy on each race leg. Together they must work like a well-oiled machine, to make the SB20 go as fast as possible.

Working in perfect unison, the crew on ‘Bandit Racing Team’ were the winners of today’s race, making a leaderboard climb from 5th to 2nd place. Their climb has cut the points advantage held by ‘Zenith Sailing Team’ to just 2. ‘Glasgow Kiss’ are in 3rd, whilst ‘Flirtatious’ and ‘Black Magic’ drop out of the podium top three. Both teams struggled to master the conditions, and suffer a dip on the leaderboard to 7th and 5th place.

Any small mistake or correct decision can change the color of the medal in an instant. As we move into the ultimate day of the event, the podium places are still open.

Results can be viewed here http://sb20asiangrandslam.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Sailwave-results-for-SB20-Asian-Grand-Slam-Asia-Pacific-Champ_final.pdf

SB20 Asian Grand Slam & Asia Pacific Championships Day 3 © Siaw Woon Chong

SB20 Asian Grand Slam & Asia Pacific Championships Day 3 © Siaw Woon Chong

Don’t miss the daily videos either – see Day 2 here