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Jelik breaks the Round the Island Race record
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
16:01:2014 Langkawi, Malaysia: After missing last year due to light weather, the Round the Island Race returned with a vengeance today. The strong North Easterly gusting to 20 knots made a perfect setting and the yachts made quick work of it, to be back at the marina by one o'clock in time for lunch. All crews enjoyed a long exhilarating spinnaker ride down the East coast, with Frank Pong's 75ft Jelik reaching over 20 knots across the southern section. "We never stopped even in the light patches in the lee of the island" said Pong afterwards. His previous time of 02:41:19 set in 2012, to complete the 28 nautical mile course, compared to today's 02:14:53, takes a whopping 27 minutes and 26 seconds of the record with an average speed of 12.47 knots.

To cap it all off, Pong's Jelik also claimed the daily double in the IRC Racing Class and climbs up into second overall as the drop race is introduced. Less than two minutes off the pace on corrected time, the Ahern/Wilmer & Bailey's TP 52 Oi! slotted into 2nd place but still hold onto a six point lead in the overall stakes. Ben Copley also hit the straps on his RP45 Katsu, to claim 3rd place in front of the dueling Malaysian Armed Forces DK 47's Uranus and Utarid that staged a match race around the entire course, to be separated by only 21 seconds at the finish line.

Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 hit the start line with speed, established an early lead and never gave an inch away to the opposition, to claim the daily double in the IRC 1 Class. The string of 6 victories resembles a picket fence at the top of the scoreboard. The Sorensen/Ketelbey/Brown Beneteau 44.7 Fujin stayed in touch with Foxy Lady 6 and finished only six minutes behind them but when the IRC ratings were applied, Anthony Root's Archambault 35 Red Kite II leaps into 2nd place and relegates Fujin down to 3rd place.

Once again Niels Degenkolw's IOR 3/4 Ton Xyacht Phoenix proved to be unstoppable and carries forward a clean sheet at the top of IRC 2 Class. John Kara's Dehler 10.6m Skybird has racked up a row of 2nd places and doesn't seem able to generate enough speed to topple Phoenix. Improvement for Arne Hayn's Dehler 34 Delite as they enjoyed the fresh conditions and the longer distance to slot into 3rd place today.

Often overpowered on the long spinnaker run, the six one design Platu 25's in the Sportsboat Class battled on to the very end. Drawing on his Olympic experience, Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy on Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA) drew away from the pack on the long upwind in Bass Harbour, with superior boat speed to put another victory under his belt. Second place for the defending champion Mohd. Masyuri on ATM 1 keeps them on top of the scoreboard by one point and better watch out as Nizam's MYA is rapidly closing in. Also enjoying the fresh conditions, Max Perrins Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron finally exerted some pressure to finish in a close third place today.

Grenville Fordham's 11.6m Andaman Cabriolet Niña unleashed the chains and broke through the stranglehold that Daniel Renno's Stealth 12.6 After Burner has on the Multihull Class, with a well earned handicap victory. Although Renno's After Burner had to settle on 2nd place they still hold a comfortable lead on the scoreboard. Even Bob Mott's heavy displacement Oasis kicked up their heels with spay coming over the foredeck (See Photo) to score 3rd place in the heavy going.

The cruisers had the option to start anytime after 8:00 am and gambled on the wind strength that suited them best. This paid out well for Gavin Welman's Hallberg-Rassy 53 Rascal to notch up their first victory of the regatta. Another former Club Class winner, Kevan Perrins 13.10m Holman and Pye Rusalka was back on form to claim 2nd place and this time reduce Vaycheslav Somov's dominating Beneteau 45 Elena to 3rd place. Despite this result Somov's Elena still holds onto the overall lead.

Dato' Alex Nah's Hunter 49 Virgo also had a change in fortune today by winning the White Sail Class. More akin to quick ocean passage making, Reinhard Haiber's Meridien 47 Pytheas Aura buckled down to secure 2nd place. Reducing the current class leaders, Charles Hay's Jeanneau 45 Smystery to 3rd place and Adale's Oyster 55 Chantique skippered by Hakim A. Klunker to fourth.

Although Datuk Richard Curtis' 100 year old Bristol Pilot Cutter Eveline tacks through almost 180 degrees and probably sailed the longest distance today, they still managed to beat Wulf Henning Lenz 10.36m My Toy, over the line and on handicap, to record their third win in a row.

Racing continues tomorrow and a decision will be made tomorrow morning whether its in Bass Harbour or on the offshore courses.

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