plays havoc with racing...
13:01:2011 LANGKAWI: Although racing was moved to the outside courses, the fickle nature of the wind still posed difficulties to the race officials and competitors alike. Day 2 started with a two hour postponement waiting for the wind to arrive and by the time competitors reached the racing area it was 12:25 before PRO Mark Pryke could get racing underway. Ray Roberts TP52 Evolution Racing became the first casualty of the day. After winning the start the keel hooked the anchor line of the pin end boat and they lost several valuable minutes before getting untangled. In the desperate chase to catch up, the wind died out leaving them in a big hole in the middle of the course and when it returned did a full 180 degree change, completely reversing the windward / leeward course. The second race today got away in a building sea breeze which looked very promising but the approaching rain clouds soon changed things and once again reversed the wind direction and made a miss match of the order. All classes in both races were shortened except the racing class in the second race.
In Race 3 Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi rounded the top mark in front of Frank Pong's much bigger 75ft Reichel Pugh Jelik III and although Hi Fi was soon overtaken, they clung onto Jelik III's coat tails to win the race in front of the Tiffany Koo skippered TP52 Jelik V that showed good pace around the course. Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns Mills 51 EFG Bank Mandrake slotted into third place giving the crew a much desired lift in spirits.
Ray Roberts was determined to make amends for the Race 3 mistakes and wound the crew up to handsomely win the start and never looked back to secure a much deserved Race 4 victory. The Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns Mills 51 EFG Bank Mandrake stayed on the pace to elevate themselves to second place. An uncharacteristic second row start for Neil Pryde's Hi Fi saw them drop down to third place and leave the door open for Ray Roberts to slip back into the running. All the protests yesterday were dismissed leaving Ray Roberts Evolution Racing with a Race 2 win and despite the fourth place in Race 3 by the end of the day, sitting on top of the overall points table. Neil Pryde's Hi Fi holds second overall and trails Evolution Racing by one point. Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns EFG Bank Mandrake have shown the most consistency to finish the day in third overall.
In the IRC 1 Class, Ben Copley's Club Swan 42 Katsu and Peter Wintle's Kerr 11.3 Koull Baby have resumed the battle they had last year. Although Katsu saw a healthy lead dwindle in the changing conditions they clung on for line honours but after handicaps were applied, lost race 2 by 14 seconds to Koull Baby. The Katsu crew did not make the same errors in Race 3 and scored the daily double to hold top spot on the leader board by four points from Koull Baby. China's Rick Pointon's J130 Jing Jing and David Ross' Kerr 32 Kukukerchu traded third places today and by the end the day were tied on ten points for third overall.
Surprisingly Mike Van Zyl's 24ft Jandi claimed Race 2 handicap honours in front of Niels Degenkolw's fast finishing IOR 3/4 Ton Xyacht Phoenix. John Kara's Dehler 10.6m Skybird held on for third place. Some controversy surrounds Race 3 finishing times but the committee managed to come up with some results that saw Phoenix score the daily double and lock firmly onto first overall in the IRC 2 class . Second place for Jeremy Camps Peterson 10.7 Cabaret 6 sees them into second overall. Simon Piff's Lavranos 34 Rainbow Dream came good with third in Race 3 but the juggling of the order leaves John Kara's Skybird in third overall.
If Rolf Heemskerk's 2010 Thai Platu 25 champions on Team ViewPoint thought they were going to have a easy ride in the Sports Boat Class they must have been dreaming. Stiff competition has come from one of Thailand's best big boat skippers, Jaray Tipsuk on Mitrmitree piped them on the finish line by 37 seconds to claim Race 2. At one stage in Race 3 Team ViewPoint had to comeback from dead last to win the race by one minute from Mitrmitree. This places them first and second respectively in the overall stakes and separated by only one point. Despite Genevieve Warlow Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and Hamish Crossan BBYC (New Zealand) sharing third places it is Razali Mansoor's Malaysian Armed Forces 1 that holds onto third overall.
In the Under 25 class Hamish Crossan BBYC (New Zealand) tops the pointscore followed by Shaun Toh Singapore Management University and Khairunnisa Mod Afendy Malaysian Sailing Association in third overall.
Grenville Fordham's 11.6m Andaman Cabriolet Niña notched up two more wins to go directly to the top of the three boat Multihull Class. Although Friob Thomas sleek looking 18m trimaran Spirit of Ireland, is much bigger than Niña, sailing downwind in light weather without a spinnaker has left them in second place overall. With Ariffin Abdul Aziz (Fin) honoured to be guest skipper onboard the RLYC 17.38m Manta Blu, the royal yacht managed to score second place in Race 3 which drew cheers all around.
Mixed results in the Hobie 16 class sees Mohd Amirul Shahiz KSA 1 on top of the scoreboard with Norellasari MYA 3 lying in second and Mohd Shukri MYA 2 in third overall.
Two first places for Thomas Frith's 12.6m Coruisk today, places them on top of the Club Cruisers pontscore. Second and fourth places for Charles Hay's 15.85m Smystery puts them in second overall. Although Norhafisam skippering the Malaysian Armed Forces Contessa 34 Musytari jumped up into third place in Race 3, it is Morten Ringvold's Haffiman that holds onto third overall.
First and third places added onto yesterdays win, puts Jelle C Mann's 13.10m Saipin on top of the Ocean Rovers scoreboard. Three second places in a row for Henning Lenz's 10.36m My Toy helps them to second overall. Despite the light winds James Morris managed to steer the 19m Sirius 1935 into first place in Race 3 and for his efforts slot into third overall.
Racing continues tomorrow but in view of the present light changing weather, the race management team have opted to cancel the "round the island race" in favour of running either harbour or outside courses and in doing so get closer to the number of races that constitute a series. Depending on how racing goes tomorrow a decision will be made on the racing program on the fourth and final day of racing.
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