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8 April 2021

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CONGRATULAZIONI AL53_SSIta!! Συγχαρητήρια Zorba777!

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December 2011 and Sailonline’s first Asian Sprint series, retracing the path of 007 in his hunt for Scaramanga, in the movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”was coming to a close with this fourth leg from Singapore to Scaramanga’s island lair. In 2011, race results blogs were super-brief affairs and the only remark made to the podium was “Well done for leading the SOL Fleet to Scaramanga's lair in conditions that weren't ideal - the final "squall" on the run to the finish was particularly unwelcome!” which suggests that all may not have gone to plan. A decade later and instead of squalls, which might have been welcome for their energy, the bulk of the Sailonline fleet encountered super-light and occasionally fickle winds – it was as if the wind gods went out of their way to reward the leading group, leaving everyone else to dawdle in a roughly correct direction as best they could! So they did!

Our winner showed tremendous skill – arriving 6.1/2hrs before the second podium place taker, who was a mere 7m 3s ahead of the third! From then on, a steady stream of boats arrived over the next couple of days and then just a few until, at race close, it became clear that many more than usual wouldn’t reach the finish after 12 days on the virtual waters! Stats-wise, given the huge volume of ongoing racing, it was a good event, with 216 registered to race, flying the flags of 36 different nations.

Congratulations podium and a particular thank you to our winner, SlideRule, (and his boat-sitter HastySlug) for not only a super win but a truly informative Race Report and to Zorba777 for excellent insights into how the course raced this time!

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