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15th Royal Langkawi Int. Regatta 2017

AY Race Report 2

2016/17 AY Grand Prix Event

Wind glorious wind...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
11:01:2017 Langkawi, Malaysia: Despite all the weather forecasts looking very grim for Langkawi and surrounding areas, a light North Easterly appeared in the morning and increased to 6 knots, allowing racing to get underway in Kua Harbour for all classes. Not ideal conditions but it held on long enough, to complete 2 races for the racing classes and one passage race for the cruising classes. An attempt was made for a third Racing Class race but conditions became unstable and had to be abandoned before it could start. Thanks to the persistence by PRO Simon James and the race team, the regatta is on schedule and everyone concerned are still having fun...

At the front of the fleet, the two TP52's are staging their own duel. Although Peter Ahern's syndicated Oi! can match them downwind, Don Whitcraft's THA 72 higher pointing angle and pace upwind, has earned them two more bullets and firmly plants them at the top of the Racing Class. Second places for Scott Bradley's Sydney 40 Emagine and Steven Manning/Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza keeps them in 2nd and 3rd overall respectively. Finishing mid fleet or worse in the handicap stakes, Ahern's Oi! have to settle on 4th overall and much work to do, to improve their standing.

Being crewed by some of Malaysia's top sailors, Vincent Chan's Titan 36 Mata Hari KL Registry is dominating the IRC 1 class. Adding two more wins to their tally, to make it four wins in a row, has put this years campaign off to a flying start. Preferring more wind, John Kara's Beneteau First 45 Insanity has scored four 2nd places, as Faugeres Elliot 46 Ph Plus suffered some equipment failure and scored 3rd places, in the three boat class.

Niels Degenkolw's ageing X 3/4 ton Phoenix, just keeps on giving. As well as winning multiple RLIR regattas over the years, this team has won many regattas in Asian waters and it's not about to change. Once again, the familiar picket fence, scoreline is emerging in the IRC 2 class. Despite trailing Phoenix by 13 minutes, Jeremy Camps Impala 28 Old Pulteney Blue Angel jumps up into second place and relegates Liz Scoch's all girl crew, on Farr 1104 Sailescapes Farrgo Ladies, down to 3rd overall.

The pressure is on, in the Sportsboat Class and the overall order is moving, with every race. Overnight Thailand's Ithanai Yingsiri's Pine-Pacific led the seven boat class but today Mohd. Masyuri's Malaysian Armend Force Team 1 made a determined move up the order, with 2nd and 1st places, to take over top spot. Sparing partners Rizal Mahadi Sazili's RSYC Team came out on fire, to win the first race and 4th place in Race 2, promoting them into second overall. After a slow start to the regatta, Koh Ling Ying's defending champions Singapore Management University, have improved into third overall. Newcomers to the racing scene are Ku Anas Ku Zamil's University Malaysia Terengganu team, surprised the other teams, by being in front of them, throughout the race and finished with two creditable 3rd places.

Having enough wind to complete a full race, allowed Robert van Paridon's 12.81m trimaran Tantrum Too, to stretch their legs and romp around the course. This earned them the daily double and secured the overall Multihull Class lead. Pound for pound, Gerhard Pils nippy Pulse 600 Fetz Ma couldn't match the pace, over the distance and reduced to second place. Outclassed by these thoroughbreds, Aussie Rick Fielding's 11.58 catamaran Mojo settled on third place.

There have also been movements in the Club Cruiser, Ocean Rover and White Sails classes.

After several close calls during the Raja Muda Regatta last year and Race 1 yesterday, Ramasamy Menon's Dehler 38 VG Offshore has finally beaten, Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly over the line and on handicap. It was nip and tuck, on the long downwind leg but superior upwind performance to the finish, gave them a four minute cushion. After applying the IRC ratings, it came out, one minute and 17 seconds in their favour and tied on points, at the top of the Club Class. Line honours goes to Korolev Nikolai's Hanse 44 Milashka but was reduced to 3rd place in the handicap stakes.

Once again Fabian Fernandez's Eygthene 24 O/B Freedom 12 got the better of Henning Lenz 10.36m My Toy and leads the Ocean Rover Class.

Late arriving from Thailand, Jack Christensen's Bavaria 49 Linda joined the White Sails class today and instantly got into a close battle and claimed line honours. Less than four minutes behind, John Ormston's 13m Invictas Reward came through to snatch the handicap honours by a little over a minute and stays on top of the class. A’dale Adham Ayahudin's Oyster 55 Chantique with most the Eveline crew in attendance, were three minutes adrift in 3rd place.

Racing continues tomorrow and for as long as we can defy the miserly weather forecasters.

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