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15 January 2004, 02:39 pm
Filipino Yacht Clariden Karakoa Cleans Up
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Singapore Straits Regatta

Skipper Ray ORDOVEZA was the happiest man on Batam today as he scored three wins in three races. With winds blasting across the course at 15-18 knots it was a superb day and 'Clariden Karakoa' made the rest of this exceptional fleet look ordinary.
The thirty-one boat fleet headed out to the race course from the Riau Yacht Club. The equatorial waters were shining and flecked with white as monsoon winds whipped up the waves. These were ideal conditions for yacht racing and three races were planned for the day. And in each race it was the same story - 'Clariden Karakoa', 'Clariden Karakoa', 'Clariden Karakoa'. The rest of the fleet was left to battle it out in their wake.

Skipper Ray ORDOVEZA who was at the helm explained his victories "well it's a team effort. We have all the right ingredients in place - an excellent boat, a well prepared hull, good sails. But it's the crew on the day that mix them together - and of course sailing is not just about one boat. There are so many variables - wind, waves, current, the other boats. And that's why I love this sport. We have a great team on board, an absence of egos and we're united by one aim - to win this regatta. We've taken a great step to achieving that goal today".

Ray ROBERTS, skipper on board Australia's 'Hollywood Boulveard' echoed Ray ORDOVEZA'S sentiments "we're pleased with the days sailing. We got a second and a third in the first two races and we've been sailing well. We got to this regatta a few days early to get a new team used to one another in these testing conditions. Each race today was very busy - in each race we travelled round the course four times. That's a hell of a lot of tacking, lots of spinnaker hoists and drops… so plenty of places where errors can creep in. But we did well and I'm proud of my team."

After four races in the regatta 'Clariden Karakoa' is far ahead of the pack and in second is Hong Kong's 'Stella Minter Ellison'. One point back is 'Hollywood Boulevard' and one point behind her is 'Hi Fidelity' from Hong Kong.

Top Five After 4 Races

Category A

Pos Yacht Owner/Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4
1 Clariden-Karakoa Ray Ordoveza 1 1 1 1
2 Stella Minter Ellison Fred Kinmonth 4 3 2 2
3 Hi Fidelity Neil Pryde 2 4 4 3
4 Hollywood Boulevard Raymond J Roberts 3 2 3 4
5 YO! Peter Ahern 5 5 5 5

Category B

Pos Yacht Owner/Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4
1 Jenny II Lee Sea Yean 6 2 2 1
2 Shoon Fung Too Gordon Maxted 2 4 4 2
3 Balancing Act John Ramsden 1 1 1 3
4 Platu Choo Tze Wei 3 3 3 4
5 Solarmax Kent Goeking 5 9 5 5

Category E

Pos Yacht Owner/Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4
1 Daisy Steven R. Walker 2 1 1 1
2 Pilar Gregory Parkhurst 4 7 2 2
3 Lady Galadriel N Richardson 5 2 3 3
3 Mei Poh Paul Deurenberg 3 7 4 4
5 Velera Linda Christopher Nunns 1 7 7 7

This is also a crucial regatta in the Omega Asian Yachting Circuit and as things stand it would produce a tie at the top of the leaderboard between 'Hollywood Boulevard' and 'Stella Minter Ellison'. But it's too early to predict the outcome of the Singapore Straits Regatta and two more windward/leeward races are to be run tomorrow (Friday) with racing on Saturday and Sunday too.

The Singapore Straits Regatta is a prestigious event in it's own right and it fits into the larger Omega Asian Yachting Circuit that groups together the premier sailing events in the region.

1) Raja Muda International Regatta, Malaysia (November 2003)
2) Phuket King's Cup, Thailand (December 2003)
3) Singapore Straits Regatta, Singapore (January 2004)
4) China Sea Race, Hong Kong to Philippines April 2004)

Through the season the yachts that compete in the elite Racing Division at each regatta earn points. The best three "final results" for a yacht from the four regattas count towards an end of season total; these totals produce the winner and a new Asian Champion is crowned.

The Singapore Straits Regatta (and all the events on the Omega AYC) is being filmed for international television and in all, the event will reach an audience of over 200 million households around the globe. The World will be watching as the 10th Singapore Straits Regatta sets sail from Changi Sailing Club.

The Omega Asian Yachting Circuit is sponsored by Omega Watches and Malaysia Airlines.

The Singapore Straits Regatta is sponsored by the Boat Asia, Panalpina, Indochine and Brewerkz and the Singapore Tourism Board.
Event Media (As Amended by ISAF)
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