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14th Royal Langkawi Int. Regatta 2016

AY Race Report 5 & Summary

2015/16 AY Grand Prix Event

No wind puts an end to the regatta at the bar...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
16:01:2016 Langkawi, Malaysia: I knew there was trouble as soon as the alarm clock rang and it was still dark. It may have been set to early, until I realised it was raining and heavily overcast. We couldn't work out why the weather forecast was so dismal yesterday, as it didn't mention heavily laden rain clouds and now we know why. Wisely PRO Simon James hoisted the postponement flag and kept the fleet ashore, while the race committee scouted around looking for wind. Two to three knots one minute, then changing direction and speed at the next radio call. The bar opened and quenched the crews thirst, as they waited and waited and waited... Eventually the call came at 1300 hrs that there will be no racing today and the previous days results will stand as the final result. An anticlimax for the classes, where only one point separated the winners and podium places, as they were waiting for at least one more chance to fight it out, but alas it was not meant to be...

Claiming some early wins kept Philip Turner’s Reichel-Pugh 66 Alive, at the top of the IRC Racing class and a new name appears on the Prime Minister's Challenge trophy on their first attempt. Unfortunately Ray Roberts Millenium Racing and Peter Ahern's syndicated Oi! didn't get a chance to improve their placing's and have to accept second and third places respectively.

Five wins in a row for Mick Tilden's syndicated Beneteau 44.7 Fujin earned them the LADA-IRC Challenge Trophy on their third attempt. Despite taking line honours, the Royal Malaysian Navy DK47 Uranus skippered by Masyuri bin Rahmat had to settle on second place and after an up and down regatta, Scott Bradley's Sydney 40 Emagine slotted into third in the IRC 1 class.

Vincent Chan's Titan 36 Mata Hari set out their intentions early and despite scoring 2nd and 3rd places yesterday, held a two point lead going into today's racing. Thankful for not having to endure a light changeable race, he is delighted to defend the title and accept the new RLIR IRC 2 Challenge Trophy. Niels Degenkolw's X 3/4 ton Mk2 Phoenix made a gallant attempt to return the trophy to his cabinet but run out of steam and settled on second place. Making their debut, Greg Reynolds Farr 30 Foreign Affair had their moments and slotted into third place.

Koh Ling Ying's Singapore Management University and Rizal Mahadi Sazili representing the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club went head to head, and the leaderboard changed each day, with the SMU triumphing by one point to take home the Langkawi Sports Trophy. Heidi b Ahmad's ATM kept them honest and third place is better than expected and take out the trophy for the under 25 age group.

David Liddell's Stealth 14m WOW made a clean sweep of the Multihull Class and wrapped up the Multihull Challenge Cup with a day to spare. Bob McIntyre's brand new Stealth 13m Allegro, had the honour of smudging WOW's clean sheet but second place was always on the cards. Grenville Fordham's 11.6m Andaman Cabriolet IMAGE Asia Niña was outsmarted by the two Stealth designs and couldn't defend the trophy on this occasion.

Unfortunately the Club Cruiser, Ocean Rover and White Sails classes have not raced for two days and the overall results stay the same.

Club Cruiser
1. Phil Auger's Davidson 36 Sophia and defend the RLYC Commodore's Cup
2. Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly
3. Arne Hayn's Dehler 34 Delite

Ocean Rover
1. Datuk Richard Curtis' 100 year old Bristol Pilot Cutter Eveline
2. Henning Lenz 10.36m My Toy

White Sails
1. Adale Adham Ayudin / Hakim Klunker's Oyster 55 Chantique
2. Ramasamy Menon's Dehler 38 VG Offshore
3.
Gavin Welman's Hallberg-Rassy 53 Rascal

Hurtling up the AYGP Pointscore, Mick Tilden's syndicated Beneteau 44.7 Fujin takes over the lead, with Philip Turner’s Reichel-Pugh 66 Alive close behind climbing up into second place, while Ray Roberts TP52 Millenium Racing efforts here, slots them into third place in the 2015-16 AYGP Rankings.

The special "Tunku Abdullah Sportsmanship" award in memory of the late Regatta Founding Chairman and RLYC Commodore Tunku Tan Sri Abdullah, is voted for by the participants and awarded for competitiveness, fair racing and comradeship, both on and off the water, goes to Rear Commodore of the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, Tunku Soraya Dakhlah and the crew on the flagship Manta Blu for forgoing yesterdays race, so the quicker catamarans could have a race in the light wind.

Summary
The sailors are used to being held at the mercy of the weather. Although the final showdown could not be held, they accept the outcome and move on. PRO Simon James and his on the water team, must be commended for their persistence and efforts in trying to run races, right up to the cut off time expired. At the final press conference, all the winners congratulated Regatta Director Wicky Sundram and his team, for putting on such a well coordinated event, despite the construction of the new Royal Langkawi Yacht Club clubhouse and marina extensions to world class standards. Its great to have walk on and off facilities, in close proximity to the racing area, which distinguishes this regatta from many others in Asia. It is a must do regatta and nothing beats racing in Bass Harbour with the scenic backdrop classified as cauldron racing. So mark down January 9th to 14th for next years 15th regatta as a must do event.

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