4th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2006

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4th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2006
AY Race Report 4 & Summary

Finishing up on a high note...
Despite the light prevailing winds throughout the week the scheduled race program was successfully completed. The racing turned into a tactical battle of whit's and generally the leaders in each class managed to finish before the wind faded to hold onto their advantage. A little luck also played a role in determining the winners. The Race Management team lead by Aussie Mark Pryke did a wonderful job of accommodating every bodies wishes and encouraged interaction between the committee and competitors which contributed to the events enjoyment and overall success.

Racing Class
Although Ray Roberts Ulumulu - Quantum Racing Team had technically won the class yesterday they went out full of confidence to cap of a good four days racing. The Royal Malaysian Navy's Zuhrah skippered by Malik Sulaiman have been steadily improving their crew work and boat speed throughout the series to achieve the inevitable and win the final race on handicap. High fives all around. Thomas Blixt's V60 Ericsson took line honours although there boat is better suited to heavier winds and had to settle on 3rd place on the day and overall on the podium.

In general the racing was very close despite only four entrants and although Ray and his team are off to sunny Spain courtesy of BMW a few interesting synergies have developed from the regatta. The visiting Swedish V60 for all to see in SE Asia for the first time and the Royal Malaysian Navy Team scoring one line and one handicap win amongst the top class International competition. The combination of Troy Yaw's Ulumulu team from Sarawak with Ray Roberts successful Aussie Quantum Racing Team not only produced the goods but has helped some Malaysian sailors to experience what top flight racing is all about in their own country.

Premier Cruising
David Lindahl's Swan 40 La Samudra won every race in a two horse battle. Although Keith Garry's Beaux Esprits came in second there were times when not much separated the two despite the placing's ending up the same each race.

Sportsboat
Despite Mohd Masyuri Rahmat's KDP II finishing with a second place today, the Royal Malaysian Navy entrant had done enough in earlier races to secure overall victory by two points. Matthew Rickard's Sail in Asia UK Team finished first today to take a well earned second spot overall on the podium. After a slow start Japan's Kenichi Takahashi on Motomet placed third which broke the earlier tie and had to settle on third place overall.

IRC
Kevin Gillow's Minx helmed by his daughter Mia completed a five race rout of the opposition to finish up with a clean sheet. Stuart Crow's Cinders earlier string of second places earns him second place on the podium despite a fourth place today. The Selangor Youth Team on Gapurna Mas Ayu II have consistently scored third to take third overall and have learned allot from this experience to take back home and pass onto other intending sailors.

Multihull
Roger Kingdon's spectacular performance on Motor Inzi continues by taking out both the Performance Handicap Class and the Ocean Multihull Rating system. Henry Kaye's trimaran The Sting came to the fore today by earning a first place in performance and second in OMR to lift him into third place overall. Kazuo Kobayashi's chartered Chameleon may have finished up third today but has scored consistently to take second overall under both handicap systems and came within a bulls roar of beating Motor Inzi overall but lost out in a countback to break a tie. Larry Pollock's Running Cloud has been in and around the top places all week to finish up with third place in the OMR class.

Club Cruising
Grenville Fordham's second line and handicap win on Image Asia Jemini Jo has sealed victory for them and will take home to Phuket the Commodore's Challenge Cup. Philip Giles on Nom de Plume was never far behind to miss out by one point and take second place overall. After a good start E A Y Heuvel's big Swan 58 Bolero suffered in the lighter conditions to end in third on the podium.

Ocean Rover
Kevin Perrins Rusalka added another win to their earlier two wins to secure the title in fine style. Des Kearn's Harlander 45 Isobar Lee Marine has consistently scored second place to end up in second place on the podium. Despite scoring a fifth today Eric Kading's Fat Cat win in race two keeps them in third overall.

More RLIR 06 info and results can be found at: http://www.langkawiregatta.com/

Shufen's snappy regatta photos are at: http://www.shufen.net


4th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2006
AY Race Report 3

There of to sunny Spain...
The light North Easterly hung on throughout the morning for the Racing class to complete two windward/leeward courses and the cruisers/multihulls/sportsboats a lengthy passage race before eventually fading away to nothing. After completing a consensus amongst the skippers it was jointly agreed to include another short windward/leeward course to the program. Ulumulu - Quantum Racing having won four races on the trot and facing the possibility of putting the series in doubt skipper Ray Roberts agreed with the others in a act of good sportsmanship to have another race.

After sweating it out for the last few days the Swedes on the V60 Ericsson rebounded with a first and fastest in the extra race. The Royal Malaysian Navy on Zuhrah have been improving with every outing and secured second place in front of Ray Roberts which spoiled his almost perfect score line. As far as the points tally goes Ulumulu - Quantum Racing have all but virtually won the racing class and of to sunny Spain but second place is still up for grabs. Ericsson and Zuhrah are tied on 14 points and Mahligai only one point adrift on 15 after jumping up into second place in race four.

Premier Cruising
As David Lindahl's Swan 40 La Samudra has won every race in this class they can now be crowned the winner. Keith Garry's Beaux Esprits is the only other entrant and as the class was created to avoid a mismatch of the yachts it would seem that decision has turned this class into a bit of a sham.

Sportsboat
Mohd Masyuri Rahmat recovered from yesterday's defeat with a commanding victory today for the RM Navy on KDP II to take back the overall lead in the class. Japan's Kenichi Takahashi on Motomet stayed in the hunt with a well earned second place and is now tied with Matthew Rickard's Sail in Asia UK Team who finished 3rd in today's race for second place overall on six points apiece. Tomorrows deciding race will determine the eventual podium placing's.

IRC
No change at the top of the leaderboard with Kevin Gillow's Minx scoring their fourth win in a row. After scoring three thirds so far the Selangor Youth Team on Gapurna Mas Ayu II managed to leapfrog Stuart Crow's Cinders into second place and relegate them into third place this time around.

Multihull
Under the two handicap systems being used Roger Kingdon's Motor Inzi won the Ocean Multihull Rating system and Kazuo Kobayashi's chartered Chameleon won the Performance Handicap system. Larry Pollock's Running Cloud stays in the running under both systems and has performed very well for a older boat amongst the newer breed of racers. This methord of scoring has confused the competitors and media here but we are told it is purely experimental to establish a precedent.

Club Cruising
Grenville Fordham's line and handicap win today on Image Asia Jemini Jo has broken the tie which existed coming into today's race. Philip Giles on Nom de Plume managed a second place and E A Y Heuvel's big Swan 58 Bolero dropped back to third in the dying breeze. As only one point separates the top places it is up to tomorrows final race to determine the overall positions.

Ocean Rover
After a tactically demanding performance Kevin Perrins Rusalka rebounded to score his second win of the series and take back the overall lead coming into tomorrows final race. Des Kearn's Harlander 45 Isobar Lee Marine scored second place and is only one point behind the leader. After yesterdays win Eric Kading's Fat Cat jumped into contention but today's third place puts them into third overall and will have to put in a big performance on the last race to get back up again.

More RLIR 06 info and results can be found at: http://www.langkawiregatta.com/

Shufen's snappy regatta photos are at: http://www.shufen.net


4th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2006
AY Race Report 2

Settling into the daily grind...
A nice steady morning breeze allowed Race Officer Mark Pryke to get all classes away on race 2 but as noon approached the fading breeze caused shortening course and mark relaying decisions to be fired off in rapid succession. The racing class were well into their third race when the call came and by the end everybody got a finish and were back in the RLYC bar in record time.

Ray Roberts and his Ulumulu - Quantum Racing team are edging closer towards the trip to Valencia by securing two handicap wins today. John and Francoise Thornton's Sydney 47 Mahligai claimed second spot in race 2 and fourth in race three. The biggest surprise of the day came when the Royal Malaysian Navy on Zuhrah took line honours from the mighty V60 Ericsson in race 3. Earlier the navy had been over the line at the start, caught up on the pin end and had trouble taking the spinnaker down at the rounding mark during race 2. Going searching for wind Ericsson tacked off into oblivion on the first windward beat that let the rest of the fleet jump in front of them and never recovered.

Premier Cruising
The withdrawal of one of the boats has left this class with only two competitors. David Lindahl's Swan 40 La Samudra has got the better of Keith Garry's Beaux Esprits on both line and handicap honours in all three races held so far.

Sportsboat
The excitement is building as some very close finishes have been recorded. Mohd Masyuri Rahmat scraped in with another win for the RM Navy on KDP II by one second over Matthew Rickard's Sail in Asia UK Team. Japan's Kenichi Takahashi on Motomet was only a further two seconds behind to record the closest finish in the regatta to date. Race 3 saw Matthew Rickard's Sail in Asia UK Team turn the tables by snatching victory over Kenichi Takahashi's Motomet by 15 seconds. Mohd Masyuri Rahmat KDP II had to settle for third spot on this occasion and determined to fight back to hold onto first place overall.

IRC
Having scored three wins in a row Kevin Gillow's Minx is starting to run away with the series. Stuart Crow's Cinders has scored all second places and Looi Sing Hoe skippering the Selangor Youth Teams entry on Gapurna Mas Ayu II have scored all third places to finish up in that order.

Multihull
The duel scoring system continues to confuse competitors, race officials and media alike. One system uses the Ocean Multihull Rating and the other is a performance based system that changes each day by the handicapper. Roger Kingdon's Motor Inzi continues to shine as they leave everybody trailing in their wake. Despite her design age Larry Pollock's Running Cloud has stayed up with the more modern designs to fill second spot. Kazuo Kobayashi's chartered Chameleon drops down to third today but still in front of some favoured light weight and faster multihull racers.

Club Cruising
Philip Giles crew on Nom de Plume lifted their game by two places to score a win in race two. Grenville Fordham's Image Asia Jemini Jo stayed steady in second place as E A Y Heuvel's big Swan 58 Bolero dropped to third place after their race one victory. This game of musical chairs sees them all tied on four points with two races left to run.

Ocean Rover
Eric Kading's Fat Cat came to the fore today over Des Kearn's Harlander 45 Isobar Lee Marine who now has scored two second places. Kevin Perrins Rusalka finished up third and as a result of the juggling of places all three front runners have scored four points each and the next two races will determine the podium positions.

More RLIR 06 info and results can be found at: http://www.langkawiregatta.com/

Shufen's snappy regatta photos are at: http://www.shufen.net


4th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2006
AY Race Report 1

Up and running...

Bright sunshine and a 10 to 12 knot North Easterly greeted the sailors on day one of racing. The classes have been further sub-divided into seven groupings and a total of 33 yachts from eleven nations have entered the 4th edition of the RLIR. Race Officer Make Pryke elected to race inside Bass Harbour for the afternoon start and course 14,15 and 16 were selected and the wonderful surrounding islands formed a picturesque backdrop for the yacht race.

Thomas Blixt's V60 Ericsson got the best of the racing class start by bursting out to windward with speed and overhauling the smaller yachts to take a commanding lead by the first mark. Ray Roberts on Ulumulu - Quantum Racing stayed on the pace and kept the bigger boat within striking distance. As the afternoon wore on the breeze faded and dramatic changes started to appear with each gust that saw some yachts struggle to the finish. At the end it was Ericsson taking line honours by twenty four minutes but with a massive handicap of 1.4360 it left the door open for Ulumulu - Quantum Racing to sneak in by a mere twenty six seconds to secure handicap honours over them. John and Francoise Thornton's Sydney 47 Mahligai claimed third spot over the bigger Royal Malaysian Navy Farr 5200 Zuhrah who got caught on the wrong side of a few shifts coming up to the finish.

Premier Cruising
David Lindahl's Swan 40 La Samudra got the better of Keith Garry's Beaux Esprits on both line and handicap honours. RSYC Commodore Aziz Kadir did not manage a finish on Juita in the three boat class.

Sportsboat
Mohd Masyuri Rahmat fared better than his Royal Malaysian Navy counterparts by scoring a win on his first outing in the Sportsboat Class.
Japan's Kenichi Takahashi on Motomet notched up a second place followed by Matthew Rickard skippering the Sail in Asia UK Team entry. All competitors are sailing on Farr Platu 25's.

IRC
Kevin Gillow's Minx snatched victory over Stuart Crow's Cinders by a mere fifty six seconds. Looi Sing Hoe skippering the Selangor Youth Teams entry on Gapurna Mas Ayu II finished up third in a now depleted three boat class.

The Multihull class have opted to run two handicap systems to check there results. Which ever way you look at it is Roger Kingdon's Motor Inzi leading the way with some stunning bursts of speed in the early stages to get clear ahead of Kazuo Kobayashi's Chameleon who finished up a distant second. Larry Pollock's Running Cloud from the USA missed out by 44 seconds from overhauling Chameleon and had to settle on third place.

Club Cruising
E A Y Heuvel's big Swan 58 Bolero got of to a good start in the brisk conditions despite a big tear in the genoa and was never headed to take out the daily double of line and handicap honours. Grenville Fordham's Image Asia Jemini Jo claimed second spot and Philip Giles Nom de Plume in third a further three minutes back.

Ocean Rover
Kevin Perrins Rusalka also scored the daily double in the dying stages to be two minutes in front of Des Kearn's Harlander 45 Isobar with Eric Kading's Fat Cat in third and trying desperately to make up for lost time.

More RLIR 06 info and results can be found at: http://www.langkawiregatta.com/

Shufen's snappy regatta photos are at: http://www.shufen.net

4th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2006
AY Pre - Race Report

A taste of the Volvo Ocean Race coming to Malaysia...
For the first time at the RLIR 06, this coming week, Thomas Blixt's world-class V60 ocean racing yacht Ericsson that took second place on the VOR four years ago (as Assa Abloy) will be gracing our waters. They have shipped the yacht direct from Sweden and are kick starting their Asia Tour in Langkawi before going on to visit Singapore, Thailand and China from February through to April.

However having the biggest racing boat does necessarily mean that the title is all yours. They will have their hands full as Ray Roberts successful Quantum Racing Team have combined their strengths with Troy Yaw's Ulumulu Team from Miri Marina in Sarawak (East Malaysia). On this occasion they have jointly chartered the DK 46 Drumstick which Ray's team so handsomely won the 2005 Phuket King's Cup in neighboring Thailand back in December.

Coming hot on the heels from magnificent victories at the Rolex Challenge and Scotchmans Hill Series at Skandia Geelong Week, Ray's Aussie based Quantum Racing Team are hot property at the moment and its no wonder the DK 46 was voted the most outstanding boat of the series.

As we all know it comes down to crew efficiency and teamwork to win at any regatta not just the size and speed of the boat. Troy Yaw's team of Ariffin (Fin), Bruce Chai and a couple of Swedes from the SVEA Team will fit in well as they raced together on Ulumulu to secure victory at the Koh Samui Regatta back in May last year. It's anyone's guess what they will name the boat, most likely - Ulumulu - Quantum Racing.

Other contenders for the Prime Minister's Challenge Trophy and the trip to Valencia for all the team are the Royal Malaysian Navy on their new Farr 5200 Zuhrah built by DK Yachts in Malacca. John and Francoise Thornton's Royal Corinthian Yacht Club registered Sydney 47 Mahligai with a pile of rock stars from Quantum Sails in Malacca and bunch of sailing pals from the UK onboard. Although there is only four boats contesting the top racing class the quality is there and the diverse nature and size of the boats and crews is sure to provide plenty of interesting racing action for all to see.

Seven boats are lining up in the IRC Class which is mainly for the cruiser/racers like Beneteau, X-Yachts and older Swan's. Keith Garry's Beaux Esprits will need to put in a good performance if they expect to beat their own RSYC Commodore Aziz Kadir on Juita and fellow sailors from the Selangor Youth Racing Team on Gapurna Mas Ayu II. David Lindahl's Swan 40 La Samudra won the cruising class at the Raja Muda and scored second in IRC 2 at the King's Cup is always a threat where ever they are. Kevin Gillow's Minx usually driven by his daughter Mia have won a few top events in Phuket are sandwiched in with this do or die lot and depending on the conditions could well spring a few surprises.

The Sportsboats warrant a separate class with six entries contesting the Langkawi Sports Trophy. Five Platu 25's coming from the Royal Malaysian Navy (2), Kedah Sailing Assoc Youth Team, Japan's Kenichi Takahashi on Motomet and a team from the UK will be taking on Darren Gamble's Colgate 26 Halim Mazmin that should produce a interesting potpourri of results by the end of the week.

Nine multihull's are battling it out for the Malaysian Multihull Challenge Cup, which if performance based will probably be divided into two classes. Roger Kingdon's Motor Inzi won the King's Cup a week after it was launched last December feels his biggest challenge will come from Henry Kaye's trimaran The Sting and Bob Mott's defending champion Chameleon on charter this time to Kazuo Kobayashi's Japanese team from the Moroiso Yacht Club. Last year it was a matter of who got to the start line in time for the more cruising style of multihull sailors. Brent McInnes won here two years ago on No Fixed Address and Joan Foo Mahony's Sedna made a late charge last year to end up a close second could well find themselves amongst the front runners by weeks end.

The biggest class with eleven entrants is the Club Class that will be contesting for the prestigious Commodore's Challenge Cup for the yacht with the lowest score at the end of the series. A grand mixture of classics like Des Kearn's Harlander 45 Isobar and Morten Ringvold's Norwegian registered Haffiman are taking on the newer generation cruisers of Ayahuddin Rahman's Oyster 55 Chantique and Kevin Perrins X430 Rusalka who scored a second place here at the inaugural regatta. Grenville Fordham's Image Asia that run the Phuket boatshow are fronting up on the J44 Jemini Jo that won the Ocean Rover class at the King's Cup and we can all rest assured that happy go lucky Henning Lenz and his crew on My Toy will all be having a good time.

Principal Race Officer Mark Pryke has seventeen courses to choose from that have been devised by the race committee. In case any problems arise between race committee and competitors alike we are blessed to have Bryan Willis Chairman of the America's Cup jury on hand to sort them out. So now the stage is set and it is up to the sailors to go out and do their best. Good Luck!


Royal Langkawi Int Regatta
news...

A taste of the Volvo Ocean Race comes to Malaysia for the first time at the RLIR 06. Thomas Blixt's V60 Ericsson is a world-class ocean racing yacht having taken second place in the VOR four years ago, under the Assa Abloy banner. They are embarking on an Asian Tour of Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and China from February through to April.

Their bigger sister the VO70 Ericsson is currently a contender in the world’s premier round the world yacht race - the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06. Jan Signell, President of Ericsson South East Asia and Country Manager for Ericsson Malaysia says, “The VO60 Asia Tour gives us an opportunity to reach and engage our Asian customers in a new and exciting way. In addition to sailing, we will use this platform to showcase Ericsson’s latest technology solutions such as Mobile TV, IMS and Broadband technologies.” To date, Ericsson has hosted close to 700 thrilled customers globally and now, Ericsson brings the experience of sailing an ocean racer to its Asian customers.

Skipper and owner of the VO60, Thomas Blixt and his experienced three-man crew - Karl Thelander, Victor Ericsson and Johan Frost, will give those on board an adventure of a lifetime. Blixt is confident that Team Ericsson will be a real challenger in this regatta. “Ericsson has the experience and understanding of how to drive complex projects with operational excellence in all aspects. Each team member brings a mix of skill, experience and above all passion to win.”

“Yacht racing is about speed, complex technology, fierce competition and teamwork. This mirrors the complexity of Ericsson’s global business. Our core values at Ericsson are professionalism, respect and perseverance, which are three qualities at the heart of a successful ocean racing team,” elaborates Signell. More on tthe VOR and Ericsson at www.ericssonracingteam.com

Press Release - AY February News and Views

Feb racing action focuses on the Royal Langkawi YC
Excitement is building as the winning team of the Prime Minister's Challenge Trophy at this years Royal Lankawi Int Regatta
(11 to 17 Feb - note new dates) will receive a special all expenses paid trip to Valencia, Spain to meet the BMW Oracle racing team and tour the new BMW Oracle Base Camp. After last years successful YO! Trip, the committee is pleased to announce, they will be continuing on with this special prize for the entire racing class crew which is sponsored by BMW Malaysia Sdn Bhd an honoured Partner of RLIR 2006. They are all raring to go at the RLYC with Ray Roberts fresh from his Aussie victories chartering Drumstick and the VO60 Ericsson (Ex Assa Abloy) expected to make her debut in Asian waters and vying for the great prizes.


Press Release - AY January News and Views

Wow! Viva la Espanola
The winning team of the Prime Minister's Challenge Trophy at this years Royal Lankawi Int Regatta
(12 to 17 Feb) will receive a special all expenses paid trip to Valencia, Spain to meet the BMW Oracle racing team and tour the new BMW Oracle Base Camp. After last years successful YO! Trip, the committee is pleased to announce, they will be continuing on with this special prize for the entire racing class crew which is sponsored by BMW Malaysia Sdn Bhd an honoured Partner of RLIR 2006.

They are all raring to go at the RLYC with the VO60 Ericsson (Ex Assa Abloy) expected to make her debut in Asian waters and vying for the great prizes on offer.

For more Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2006 info, entry forms and NOR, kindly visit: www.langkawiregatta.com


ROYAL LANGKAWI YACHT CLUB

LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA
2006 REGATTA – PRESS RELEASE

Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2006: Raring to go...

Malaysia's premiere sailing event all set for forth edition in 2006.

Langkawi, November 2005 - The Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC) announces the forthcoming Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2006 (RLIR 2006), to be held from 12 February to 17 February 2006.

This forth edition of Malaysia's premier sailing event promises to be even bigger than the previous years with more than 15 yachts already registered. A total of 50 yachts are expected to compete in this year's regatta.

The Royal Langkawi International Regatta is the brainchild of Y.A.M. Tunku Tan Sri Abdullah Tuanku Abdul Rahman, the Commodore and principal founder member of the RYLC. Inaugurated in 2003, the BMW RLIR 2005 is a part of the Asian Regatta Calendar drawing regular boats as well as new participants who actively race in regional yacht circuits.

The RLIR 2006 consists of two main trophies - the Prime Minister's Challenge Trophy and the Commodore's Challenge Cup. The former is open to internationally registered yachts while club-registered cruisers compete in the latter category.

Two other trophies - the Langkawi Sports Trophy and the Malaysian Multihull Challenge Cup will be presented to winners of the Sports Boat and Multihull categories.

 

In RLIR 2005's event, the Peter Ahern-skippered Yo! emerged triumphant to claim the Prime Minister's Challenge Trophy for the third consecutive year while Lady M, under the guidance of David Kimpton, won the Commodore's Challenge Cup.

Y.A.M.Tunku Tan Sri Abdullah Tuanku Abdul Rahman said: "Now into its forth year, the RLIR 2006 is already carving its niche within this regions sailing circuit".

"As the competition heats up in this event, we will strive to achieve our objective of raising the Malaysian profile within the Asian Regatta Calendar and give home grown talents a suitable platform to establish themselves."

A special all expense trip to Valencia, Spain to meet the BMW Oracle racing team together with a tour to the BMW Oracle Base Camp awaits for the winning team of The Prime Minister's Challenge Trophy. This special winning prize is sponsored by the Partner of RLIR 2006, BMW Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

The RLIR 2006 is organized by Royal Langkawi Yacht Club and supported by the Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board, Lembaga Pembangunan Langkawi (LADA) and the State of Kedah.

For more information on the Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2006, kindly visit: www.langkawiregatta.com

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