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2016/17 AY Grand Prix Event

Red sky at night, sailors delight...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
10:01:2017 Langkawi, Malaysia: A little tweaking in the class breakdown, after some yachts coming from Phuket, experienced difficulties and took shelter from the tropical low pressure system, that crossed their path. After days of overcast sky and heavy rain storms in Langkawi, the sun came out, the sky turned blue and gave the sailors at Charlie's Bar, a spectacular sunset, last night. Ole seafarers would say 'Red sky at night, sailors delight'. Well that's the theory and today there was no sign of the previous days blustery conditions, were replaced by glorious sunshine. Although the breeze struggled to reach 5 knots on the first race and after repositioning the course in fresher breeze at the top of Kua Harbour for the second race, it isn't exactly a sailors delight, but gets the regatta underway and the jaws chomping throughout the night.

A very lengthy and obscure start line angle, favoured the pin end, by a country mile. Anyone starting from the boat end were immediately 300 yards behind. Aussie Peter Ahern's syndicated TP52 Oi! managed to bungle both starts by being to early and left them finishing in the mid order. Concern about being promoted to the Racing Class, Scott Bradley's Sydney 40 Emagine were soon alleviated, when they corrected out 56 seconds in front of Tom Whitcraft's, all conquering TP52 and still nameless THA 72. In the fresher breeze, the racing stallions hit their straps, with Whitcraft's THA 72 taking the daily double from Steven Manning/Anthony Root's vastly improved Ker 42 Black Baza. Completing a solid day, Bradley's Emagine slotted into third place and on the money in the Racing Class.

Despite being bumped up into the IRC 1 class and taking on three bigger yachts, Vincent Chan's Titan 36 Mata Hari KL Registry managed to outclass them and take two bullets, to open proceedings. John Kara's Beneteau First 45 Insanity and Faugeres Elliot 46 Ph Plus, followed suite with 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

In the IRC 2 class, experience showed as Niels Degenkolw's, multiple RLIR winning X 3/4 ton Phoenix, jumped away into the lead, at the pin end on the first race and excelled on the second race, to end up on top of the leaderboard. In both races, Jeremy Camps Impala 28 Old Pulteney Blue Angel managed to stem the advances from Liz Scoch's all girl crew, on their Farr 1104 Sailescapes Farrgo Ladies, to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The most exciting class to watch, is the seven teams, going head to head, on one-design Platu 25's in the Sportsboat class. The Thai's on Ithanai Yingsiri's Pine-Pacific drew first blood on Race 1, followed by Mohd. Masyuri's Malaysian Armend Force Team 1 on Race 2. Rizal Mahadi Sazili's RSYC Team filled in the spaces, with 3rd and 2nd places to claim third overall but are only one point in front of arch rival, Koh Ling Ying's Singapore Management University in fourth overall.

A late withdrawal has left the Multihull Class with, three completely different boat designs. Gerhard Pils nippy little Pulse 600 Fetz Ma, did the giant slaying act, in the light wind Race 1 but Robert van Paridon's huge 12.81m trimaran Tantrum Too responded in the stronger breeze, to reverse the roles in Race 2. By comparison, Aussie Rick Fielding's 11.58 catamaran Mojo is built for comfort and lacks the speed of the outright racers, had to settle on two third places.

Despite starting together, the race committee have decided to split the Club Cruiser, Ocean Rover and White Sails into their own classes. They all completed one shortened race and wisely called it a day, as the breeze faded away down the harbour.

Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly continued on their winning ways, in the three boat Club Class, over Ramasamy Menon's Dehler 38 VG Offshore and newcomers Korolev Nikolai's Hanse 44 Milashka settled on 3rd place.

First timer Fabian Fernandez's Eygthene 24 O/B Freedom 12 got the better of veteran Henning Lenz 10.36m My Toy in the Ocean Rover Class.

Eager to have another good outing, UK's John Ormston's 13m Invictas claimed the daily double in the White Sails class, over A’dale Adham Ayahudin's Oyster 55 Chantique with most the Eveline crew in attendance.

Despite the weather forecasts, for the next few days looking very bleak, the show must go on and we're prepared to take what ever wind, that is being dealt out, at the time.

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