On the second day of the event testing the new rig on the Byte, brisk breezes led to three different winners in the three races sailed. Winners of the first, second and third races were Morgan AUSSELL, (FRA), Calvin Lim Zhi YANG, (SIN) and Chao Loh ZHI.
Yesterday, it was mistakenly reported that Morgan AUSSELL was a female Europe sailor whereas he is, quite obviously male! He is a French Radial sailor. He was first over the line in race 2 but was scored OCS and other scores were not adjusted accordingly. They have been updated in the results.
The weather on day one, according to locals, "was not normal". It seems that it never is normal when a regatta takes place! Day two however was "normal" This meant that the wind showed up at about 11:30 am and by the noon start time was a solid 15 kts, gusting a little higher.
Prior to the race, Ian BRUCE gave a mini clinic based on his observations from the previous day. As none of the sailors had sailed a true self depowering rig everyone had been vanged to the maximum in the heavier air of the previous day and the lighter the sailor, the tighter the vang! This is Laser and Byte standard rig style but completely defeats the ability of the CII upper leech to open and the clinic was all about using NO vang upwind and using the Cunningham to depower the sail. It seemed to be accepted as well twisted leeches were very evident yesterday.
Morgan AUSSELL continued to demonstrate his offwind speed and by the first leeward mark was in control. He went on to do a horizon job on the fleet with the two nearest competitors, Singaporeans Calvin and Chao about 100 metres behind.
Second and third went to Calvin and Chao with fourth going to the very consistent Croatian, Sestan MARCO. He is now counting four fourths and an eighth. 5th was Glenn Cheang Heng Loong RUSSELL who would go on to have his best day with a 5, 2, 4.
The line was slightly biased to the left and there was a lot of bunching at the leeward pin. Singaporeans Calvin and Chao moved into the front very early on and it was obvious that they relished the brisk conditions.
At the weather mark, however, Thomas TANG (DEN), Sestan MARCO (CRO) and Morgan AUSSELL (FRA) were on their heels. Calvin and Chao held their positions on the run but Glenn Cheang Heng Loong RUSSELL (SIN), moved up into the front with them. By the bottom mark, these three were in a group ahead of the pack.
Calvin would win the race followed by Glenn and Chao. Sestan Marco was again fourth and Marco Gianni (ITA) fifth.
By the 3 o'clock start of race three the wind was down to 12 knots (normal!) and Helena Lee Jia HUI, about 53 kilos, was up with the leaders throughout the race finishing third. In the heavy air of race 2 she had kept the boat going with a very respectable sixth place finish. Her third in the last race left her third overall in the standings.
Thomas TANG (DEN) leader after the first day had a mediocre day with finishes of 12, 8 and 10 but it was still good enough to keep him in fourth overall. He fell out of the boat on the second windward leg loosing at least three place which would have been good enough for third overall. If, if, if!!
This race was to be completely dominated by Singapore. Aussel (FRA) was out of it when he turned over at the gybe mark and lost 5 places which, at the time, put him down to ninth. He only recovered to seventh. This left Singapore with the first 5 places. They were followed by Giannini in sixth.
Singapore now sits 1, 2, 3 after six races with one drop. Full results are available on the event website at the address below.