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Offshore conditions produce mixed results
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
15:01:2014 Langkawi, Malaysia: As the brisk North Easterly was holding up, PRO Simon James made the decision for the entire fleet to venture out and race on the offshore courses. Hurried repairs were conducted overnight on damaged sails and everyone returned to fight another day. The IRC Classes completed one windward/leeward race, then joined the cruising classes on a passage race around the cans, set to the East of Langkawi. The choppy sea and long reaching legs gave the big boats an opportunity to stretch their legs and produced a mixed bag of results.

As the IRC Racing Class results came in, the first surprise was that Ishak Jab on the Malaysian Armed Forces DK 47 Utarid claimed Race 4 handicap honours by 35 seconds and Frank Pong's Custom 75 Jelik took out the daily double in Race 5. Both of them eclipsing the Ahern/Wilmer & Bailey's TP 52 Oi! that scored three wins yesterday, was reduced to two 2nd places today but still holds onto the overall lead. Although Mohamad Razali Mansor's Malaysian Armed Forces DK 47 Uranus had to settle on third and fourth places, they are still in second overall but their Navy counterparts on Utarid are rapidly closing in on them.

No change at the top of the IRC 1 Class, as Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 continued on their winning ways by adding two more wins to their tally. Less than a minute on corrected time is holding Anthony Root's Archambault 35 Red Kite II from toppling Bremner's Foxy Lady 6, but for now second overall is the best they can achieve. Vincent Chan/Dr. Gerhard Pils Titan 36 BMW Yachtsport slipped into third place in Race 4 and remarkably less than a minute separated the remaining four boats in the class. The Sorensen/Ketelbey/Brown Beneteau 44.7 Fujin returned to the podium with third place in Race 5 to hold onto third overall.

Two more bullets for Niels Degenkolw's IOR 3/4 Ton Xyacht Phoenix keeps a clean score sheet and takes a commanding lead in the IRC 2 Class. John Kara's Dehler 10.6m Skybird followed suite with two 2nd places, as did Brian Porter's Farr 1104 Orion Pacific (Farrgo Express) with two 3rd places and keeps them in third and fourth overall respectively.

Another adrenaline filled day for the six one design Platu 25's in the Sportsboat Class. Malaysian Olympic sailor Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy on Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA) clinched the first race today and defending champion Mohd. Masyuri on ATM 1 returned to form in the second race to confirm his place at the top of the scoreboard. Kevin Yong's Royal Selangor Yacht Club (Setia West) pushed through with two second places and is rapidly closing in on Khairulnizam's second overall.

Once again Daniel Renno's Stealth 12.6 After Burner broke through the sound barrier and recorded another win in the only race for Multihull Class. Grenville Fordham's 11.6m Andaman Cabriolet Niña is beating the drum in second place and finding it difficult to make inroads on the slippery After Burner. Bob Mott's Oasis and James Harris Lagoon 410 Fleur d"Epice heavy displacement cats are completely outclassed in the present company and the reason there was only one race today despite the brisk conditions.

Vaycheslav Somov's Russian Beneteau 45 Elena continues to dominate the Club Class by adding a third win to their tally. Grant Wichman's Farr 53 Sababa with the champion Malaysian sailors from the recent SEA Games in Myanmar onboard are proving their worth by taking second place. Kevan Perrins 13.10m Holman and Pye Rusalka managed to find top gear to slip into third place and in doing so elevated themselves to third overall.

In the White Sail Class, Charles Hay's Jeanneau 45 Smystery dipped to 2nd place in the first race but regained control in the second race to take a healthy lead in the overall class standings. Adale's Oyster 55 Chantique skippered by Hakim A. Klunker claimed first and third places to stay steady in second overall. With a 3, 2 scoreline Dato' Alex Nah's Hunter 49 Virgo takes over third place from Bob McIntyre's Baveria 42 Jelita of Langkawi that could only manage two 4th places today.

Datuk Richard Curtis' 100 year old Bristol Pilot Cutter Eveline claimed another first place in the Ocean Rover Class and despite Wulf Henning Lenz grumbling about the handicap on his smaller 10.36m My Toy, they were beaten fair and square across the line by an unusually hyperactive crew onboard Eveline.

Racing continues tomorrow and if the wind holds up, the Round the Island Race is under consideration.

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