crowd, to ring in the New Year ...
Since the regattas inception, the main aim has always been to provide competitive and enjoyable racing for all crews, irrespective of the design or vintage of yacht. The fleet is split into six classes, ranging from some newbies to regular competitors, returning to fight over the class titles.
Two powerful TP52's, Aussie Peter Ahern's syndicated Oi! have five RLIR victories to their name and looking forward to tackling the Whitcraft brothers latest, all conquering and still nameless THA 72, at the front of the fleet.
Always big supporters of the regatta, the Royal Malaysian Navy are fielding their DK47 Uranus skippered by Masyuri bin Rahmat and supplying a fleet of Platu 25's for the Sportsboat class. We can expect some tactical racing of the highest order, from this classy fleet, as they blast into the sailing new year in grand style.
42 Black Baza
half a point from the leaders, on the 2016-17
Grand Prix (AYGP)
They will be the first yacht to contest 5 events this season and take
back the lead in the AYGP
plus very eager to have another crack at the
Minister's Challenge trophy.
IRC 2 class, is shaping up to be a battle between Thailand and Malaysian
racing stalwarts. Niels Degenkolw's, multiple
RLIR winning X 3/4 ton Mk2 Phoenix, Stuart
Crompton/Liz Scoch's Farr 1104 Sailescapes Farrgo Ladies and
Rodrigues Swanson 36 Awatea,
are leading the Thai charge. Leaving Chris Mitchell's Raja
Muda Regatta winning Naut 40 Lady Bubbly, Fabian
Fernandez's Eygthene 24 O/B Freedom 12 and
Jeremy Camps Impala
28 OOD Old Pulteney Blue Angel,
to fend off the Thai challenge and retain the RLIR IRC 2 Challenge Trophy
in Malaysian hands.
The fast growing Multihull scene in Asia, has the ability to reinvent itself, with new entries each year. Robert van Paridon's huge 12.81m trimaran Tantrum Too has competed on all major regattas this season and taking on Aussie Rick Fielding's 11.58 Mojo, Gerhard Pils nippy Pulse 600 Fetz Ma and 2015 "Tunku Abdullah Sportsmanship" award winner, Bob Mott is fielding the massive 15.24m Pahi. Interesting lineup, can little Fetz Ma become the giant slayer or will the big boats sail plan, blanket them off the start line?
Due to low entries, the Club Cruiser, Ocean Rover and White Sails classes have been grouped together and are vying for the RLYC Commodore's Cup. A mixture of past winners and old favourites include, A’dale Adham Ayahudin's Oyster 55 Chantique and Henning Lenz 10.36m My Toy have won various classes here before.
Ramasamy Menon's Dehler 38 VG Offshore have come prepared and in with a big chance. Newcomers Korolev Nikolai's Hanse 44 Milashka and UK's John Ormston's 13m Invictas will have to be on their toes from the go, to tackle these seasoned campaigners.
This regatta is the sixth regatta in the AYGP Pointscore and brings us to the half way point in the 2016-17 Season. This gives SE Asian based yachts, an opportunity to close in, on the Rankings and by the end of the regatta, overtake others not competing here. Check out the 2016-17 AsianYachting Grand Prix Rankings by clicking on Skipper - Yacht - Regatta and Scoring System.
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, during the regatta.
The Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) is organised by the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC), sanctioned by World Sailing and the Malaysian Sailing Association (MSA), and supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia. The RLIR is also a 5-star event on the AsianYachting Circuit.
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