11th Borneo International Yachting Challenge 2014

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Victory for Uranus
By AY MultiMedia
June 21st, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia: Despite Troy Yaw's TP52 Team Ulumulu, being very determined to improve their round the cans performance and clinch the cup, the Malaysian Armed Forces DK47 Uranus skippered by Norhafisam Bin Ahmed stayed on the pace to win both races today and claimed overall victory in front of their home crowd.

A start line incident rattled Team Ulumulu in the first race and a tactical error on the second race deprived them from advancing beyond second overall. On the provisional results, Lt Mohd Hani"s Runnalls 8 Miri Magic 2 leap frogged Leonard Chin's Custom 46 Ulumulu (Team Sabah) into third place but a start line barging protest has over turned the result and awarded the third podium place to Chin's Ulumulu.

Once again no Cruising Class A boats bothered to come out to race and instead decided to savior the sights and sounds of KK, For the first time in yachting history a unique situation, where three boats shared the lead on 15 points, after each boat has scored one win and not competed on any of the other races. Eventually on count back, Owen and Jessica Jenschke's Wright 14m Malaika won the Labuan to KK race and were awarded the victory. David and Jacqui Pemberton's Jackster received second place and Barry and Jerrie Bateman's Valiant 40 New World awarded third overall for the win back in Miri.

Two wins on the passage races gives Micheal and Janice Johnson's FWM 39 Zoa overall victory in the Cruising B Class. Not only did Hans Berekoven's John Pugh 18m Southern Sun carry all the crews luggage from port to port but was rewarded with second overall for their efforts. Winning the Miri Bay race has given David Walker's Trident 40 Fortuna of Tamar third place overall and something to entertain their visitors for years to come.

After a couple of disappointments in the protest room, Sjoerd Klass' Verrheust 56 Isis finally came good today to clinch the win and overall victory in the Multihull Class. Determined to carry a star cut spinnaker to windward, John Six's Nautitec 43 Azura went sideways and missed the start line by 100 meters and never returned, to be scored Did Not Start. In doing so, handed the title to Isis on a platter. Only competing on two passage races, Chris Wood and Lyn Nichols' Light Wave 38 Out of the Blue 11 ends in third overall.

In the past the inclusion of the Sail Malaysia - Passage to the East Rally boats has been beneficial to both parties. But this year is a total failure and left BIYC organisers with a slap in the face. Free regatta entry, marina berthing and three parties is enough to entice them to join but not willing to participate in the racing is unacceptable to the organisers and sponsors, that have put so much effort into making the event possible. Amongst other things, there is talk of charging an entry fee next year and catering for IRC Classes only. Unless there is a huge improvement, it certainly won't get them into the AYGP family of events any time soon.

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