10th Royal Langkawi Int Regatta 2012
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Perfect start to the regatta
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
14:01:2014 Langkawi, Malaysia: Around here sailors usually like to ease their way into the first regatta after the christmas festivities but mother nature had other plans for them today. Fourteen to sixteen knots from the North East barrelling down Bass Harbour, was enough for PRO Simon James to fire off three windward/leeward races in succession for the IRC Classes and two passage races for the Cruising Classes. A few boats experienced equipment failure, while misfiring crew work let some others down and forced them to retire to conduct repairs. All in all, a great start to the regatta which has gone through the doldrums over the last couple of years.

The IRC Racing Class are always keen as mustard to get going and the Ahern/Wilmer & Bailey's TP 52 Oi! came out determined to make up for second place at last months King's Cup and that's exactly what they did. Three 1st places by little over a minute puts them firmly in the driving seat at the top of the scoreboard. Mohamad Razali Mansor's Malaysian Armed Forces DK 47 Uranus followed suite with three 2nd places and Ishak Jab on the other Malaysian Armed Forces DK 47 Utarid with a 5, 3, 3 scoreline ended in third overall. Frank Pong's Custom 75 Jelik suffered from a broken halyard ring on the mainsail and did not start the final race and a fouled spinnaker drop on Takhovski Alexey's Farr 400 Lero 3 saw them retire from race 2 and return to the marina to make repairs.

Bill Bremner's crew on the Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 are in no mood for messing about and came out on fire, scoring three bullets to take top spot in the IRC 1 Class. On corrected time, less than a minute separated Anthony Root's Archambault 35 Red Kite II and the Sorensen/Ketelbey/Brown Beneteau 44.7 Fujin who traded second and third places to respectively hold second and third place overall. This grouping is presently leading the AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) pointscore and the final result will determine who will lead the AYGP rankings after six pointscoring events for the 2013-14 season.

Three bullets for Niels Degenkolw's IOR 3/4 Ton Xyacht Phoenix places them firmly on top of the IRC 2 Class and well on the way to claiming their fourth regatta class win in a row. John Kara's Dehler 10.6m Skybird seems to be the only team that can get close to Degenkolw's Phoenix but had to settle on three 2nd places. A close tussle between Brian Porter's Farr 1104 Orion Pacific (Farrgo Express) and Fudo Yasuto's new Fortissimo X ended in third and fourth places respectively.

An interesting battle is taking place amongst the six one design Platu 25's in the Sportsboat Class. In a game of nip and tuck, the leaders seem to change with every tack and gybe. Eventually the defending champion Mohd. Masyuri on ATM 1 came to the fore by a nose, in front of Malaysian Olympic sailor Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy on Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA). Kevin Yong's Royal Selangor Yacht Club (Setia West) was in the mix but fell of in the dying stages for third overall.

Daniel Renno's Stealth 12.6 After Burner is also proving to be unstoppable in the Multihull Class. Two wins in the passage races takes them directly to the top of the pointscore. Grenville Fordham's 11.6m Andaman Cabriolet Niña seems to be the only boat capable of taking the fight to After Burner but will have find an extra knot of boatspeed to make up the deficit. Bob Mott's Oasis and James Harris Lagoon 410 Fleur d"Epice are heavy displacement cats and out gunned by committing some fundamental mistakes saw them trailing in the leaders distant wake for third and fourth respectively.

Some spectacular big boats are contesting the Club Class this year. Two bullets for Vaycheslav Somov's Russian Beneteau 45 Elena tops the class standings. Despite Grant Wichman's Farr 53 Sababa being recalled at the start, they clawed their way back into second place and capped it off with another second place in the next race to finish in second overall. Gavin Welman's Hallberg-Rassy 53 Rascal also recovered from being over the start line to slot into third place.

Charles Hay's Jeanneau 45 Smystery scored the daily double in both White Sail races today to lead the hungry chasing pack. Second and third places for Adale's Oyster 55 Chantique skippered by Hakim A. Klunker is enough for second overall. Only 10 seconds deprived Bob McIntyre's Baveria 42 Jelita of Langkawi from taking the win from Smystery in the second race but fifth place in the first race has left them in third spot but capable of doing better in the coming days.

Datuk Richard Curtis' 100 year old Bristol Pilot Cutter Eveline claimed first place in the one and only Ocean Rover race today. Annual rival Wulf Henning Lenz's 10.36m My Toy slotted into second place and missed out by a mere 36 seconds from dethroning Eveline.

Racing continues tomorrow and if the wind holds up the outside courses maybe signalled on the flag pole.

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