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Steve Manning’s GTS43 Walawala2 wins IRC
Singapore Straits Regatta 2012 - Jason Rowed reports

Copyright © 2012, Singapore Sailing

Day 1, first race here at the Singapore Straits Regatta 2012, blue sky and approximate 5-15 knots. After a poor start Walawala2 ground herself back to the lead. With a shifty land breeze and hundreds of ships to navigate around it was primarily a day of reaching and straight line sailing.

Pressing down in the pressure and up in the light. Results just in have us 1st by 35 seconds to Man At Work then Rikki Tikkie Tavi. Good first day. Tomorrow brings 2 more races with possible windward leeward course.

Day 2, started with a lot more cloud and more humidity than day 1 so we were generally thinking it could be a light air day. With two races scheduled it was shaping up to be a long day. First start was at 11am so of the dock just after 9am. We had good time for rig and sail setup. Much to our surprise the breeze was building and we had 12-15 knots.

First race of the day was another passage race up the shore through gates and passing buoys but generally a straight line two sail reaching with a short VMG run to what turned out to be the finish as it was a shortened course. we started well and jumped ahead but as it is flat water and a waterline race we didn't have to much opportunity to extend. A build breeze after we finished also did not help but we were pleased with a 2nd place.

Copyright © 2012, Singapore Sailing

Second race for the day was a windward leeward in approximate 13-15 knots. The course area was very tight with tankers anchored just off to the side and big breeze changes from left to right. We tacked to leeward and lead the fleet into the start. Unfortunately with an old style Swan 42 to weather and then the J130 to leeward we were found to have not given the J another room.

Yep, in the protest room we went - note to self-stay safer even when we are right. The race itself went pretty good considering it was our first hit out around marks. The boat was fast and we managed a 3rd  on IRC so not bad considering a few errors. The 3rd  turned into a 5th  after my visit to the protest room.

Day 3, today we are delivering Walawala2 to Nongsa Indonesia which is approximate 20 miles across the channel. 4 races scheduled over the next 2 days. Currently 2nd  overall by 1 point so all good. Tonight the Volvo fleet will pass through so we will be cheering from the shore.

Copyright © 2012, Singapore Sailing

Day 4,
a great day in Nongsa Indonesia. Building breeze at 45-60 wind direction and 10-18 knots. Race 6 started well with great boat end start and with the fleet to leeward. Great speed and solid tactics let Walawala2 step away into the final race.

Race 7.  The pressure built a little and now is 15-17 knots. Of the line at full pace and high mode. Tack into the first left shift and looking good again. A2 spinnaker on the run angles and speed all matching the polars.  So all good. Two more beats at full speed and we are confident we have time on our competitors. Great last beat and run and we have a 1st  IRC for race 7 and 1st  overall in the regatta.

Great result, this is Walawala2's second event following her 2nd  place at the Kings Cup Regatta in December.
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Great yacht, great team, great result!

Final results Singapore Straits Regatta 2012

1st WALAWALA2 - GTS43 - Steve Manning
2nd MEN AT WORK
3rd WINDSIKHER
4th JING JING
5th ROCK 'N' ROLLA
6th RIKKI TIKKI TAVI
7th XTRA SMUVE
8th SEABASS
9th AQUAVIT 5

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