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White caps on Bass Harbour test crews to the limit
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
17:01:2014 Langkawi, Malaysia: No let up from mother nature, as uncharacteristically the 20 knot North Easterly tradewind whipped up white caps, on top of the waves in Bass Harbour. This created all sorts of carnage, as it overpowered some boats into huge broaches, stretched the rigging to breaking point, shredded some sails and caused minor injuries to unsuspecting crew members. This must consistently be the windiest regatta in the 12 years it has been running. To stem the monotony of windward/leeward courses, PRO Simon James sent the IRC classes on a passage race with long reaching legs to the South of Langkawi, nearby Telaga Harbour and back.

Frank Pong's 75ft Jelik revels in these conditions and notched up two more victories, to go clear into second overall in the Racing Class. Two 2nd places for Ahern/Wilmer & Bailey's TP 52 Oi! keeps them at the top of the standings. By not finishing worse than second place, Peter Ahern is poised to win the regatta for a fourth time. The Malaysian Armed Forces DK 47's Uranus skippered by Mohamad Razali Mansor and after conducting urgent repairs Ben Copley's RP45 Katsu slotted into 3rd places today. This result leaves Uranus in third overall and four points clear of their Navy counterparts on Utarid.

Bill Bremner and the crew on his Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 extended their IRC 1 overall lead by triumphing in the first race today, but saw their winning streak come to an abrupt end, when favourable asymmetric spinnaker legs on the passage race, suited Anthony Root's Archambault 35 Red Kite II and managed to claim one win back from the dominating Foxy Lady 6. Despite some spinnaker handling difficulties the Sorensen/Ketelbey/Brown Beneteau 44.7 Fujin holds onto third overall.

Another win for Niels Degenkolw's IOR 3/4 Ton Xyacht Phoenix makes it eight wins in a row and wraps up the IRC 2 Class with a day to spare. Difficulties in Race 7 saw John Kara's Dehler 10.6m Skybird replace the string of second places with 5th place but were quick to return to the bridesmaid role in the next race and hang onto second overall. Scoring 2nd and 3rd places today Brian Porter's Farr 1104 Orion Pacific (Farrgo Express) stays steady in third overall.

In the strong breeze, the six one design Platu 25's in the Sportsboat Class had trouble controlling their boats on the spinnaker legs and often proceeded with caution. Disaster stuck when the rudder on Mohd. Masyuri ATM 1 broke and went from leading the class to third overall and little chance of defending the title. This left the door open for Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy on Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA) to go top of the scoreboard but they didn't have it all go their way as Kevin Yong's Royal Selangor Yacht Club (Setia West) won the passage race and stepped up into second overall. With Masyuri out of the equation, Abu Talib Abdullah Rahman's Putrajaya Sailing Club (Siput) slotted into 3rd and 2nd places today and could even climb into third overall if ATM 1 cannot be repaired in time.

After yesterdays little hiccup, Daniel Renno's Stealth 12.6 After Burner returned to form and won both Multihull Class races to cement their name on the title. Yesterdays giant slayer, Grenville Fordham's 11.6m Andaman Cabriolet Niña returned to the bridesmaid role with two 2nd places. Bob Mott's Oasis and James Harris Lagoon 410 Fleur d"Epice traded 3rd and 4th places and will finish respectively in the overall stakes.

Only one passage race for the cruisers resulted in some new faces claiming the days Club Class honours. The all Chinese crew on Liannet Technology's Liannet came to the fore after Vaycheslav Somov's Russian Beneteau 45 Elena broke the boom but still managed to scrape into 2nd place and keep the overall lead. Bernard Di Tullio's Indulgence slotted in 3rd place as Grant Wichman's Farr 53 Sababa came to grief on the reef and Kevan Perrins 13.10m Holman and Pye Rusalka retired with damage. The overall result will hinge on who can get repaired in time for tomorrows final race.

Totally suited to long passage races, Reinhard Haiber's Meridien 47 Pytheas Aura did one better than yesterday and showed the White Sail Class competitors the way home. Dato' Alex Nah's Hunter 49 Virgo stayed on form but had to share 2nd place with Adale's Oyster 55 Chantique skippered by Hakim A. Klunker, as they finished tied with the same corrected time. Despite 4th place for Charles Hay's Jeanneau 45 Smystery they still hold onto the overall lead but can't afford any more slipup's.

The crew on Datuk Richard Curtis' 100 year old Bristol Pilot Cutter Eveline have been working overtime, which resulted in them completely dominating their old nemesis, in the form of Wulf Henning Lenz 10.36m My Toy, in all the races held so far. The engraver can get started on the Ocean Rover trophy.

The final showdown races tomorrow will bring the windiest regatta to a natural conclusion.

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