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15th Royal Langkawi Int. Regatta 2017

AY Race Report 4

2016/17 AY Grand Prix Event

Success on the coastal courses...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
13:01:2017 Langkawi, Malaysia: With little or nothing happening in Kua Harbour, the race committee decided to move outside and try the coastal area for wind. They found 5 to 7 knots of North Easterly breeze and immediately went about, laying the courses and getting racing underway. Two races for the IRC classes and one for the Cruising classes, is better than sitting onshore waiting for wind and successfully moves the regatta, towards a happy ending. Unsurprisingly, the yachts that prefer light conditions are leading the classes and went on to extend their lead today. To view the action so far, goto AY Photo Gallery

On the first race today, Peter Ahern's syndicated Oi! switched to fast mode and clung onto Don Whitcraft's THA 72 transom, to finish only 28 seconds behind and slot into 2nd place. Coming into the regatta, the Whitcraft families THA 72 team, were worried about their light weather performance. After claiming two more first and fastest today, they have put to rest these concerns and lead the Racing Class by a healthy 7 point margin, over second place. In the second race, Scott Bradley's Sydney 40 Emagine also regained form, to take 2nd place and maintain second overall. A consistent day on Steven Manning/Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza, with two 3rd places puts them, one point out of second overall and ready to pounce from third. THA 72 may have wrapped up the title, but the podium places are still to play for, on the final day tomorrow.

The smallest yacht in the IRC 1 class, Vincent Chan's Titan 36 Mata Hari KL Registry continues to out perform, John Kara's heavier Beneteau First 45 Insanity and Faugeres bigger Elliot 46 Ph Plus, over the line and on handicap. Two more wins, makes it six in a row for KL Registry, with Insanity and Ph Plus falling in line, with second and third places respectively, and in the overall stakes.

There's no stopping Niels Degenkolw's X 3/4 ton Phoenix. Doesn't matter where they are on the start line. Niels just puts Phoenix into gear and sails away from the others. Degenkolw admitted after the race 'That these conditions are just perfect and what the IOR X3/4 ton yacht was designed for' and six wins in a row, proves he's right. So far this regatta, Jeremy Camps Impala 28 Old Pulteney Blue Angel has come from behind, to overtake the all girl crew, on Liz Scoch's Farr 1104 Sailescapes Farrgo Ladies, in the handicap stakes. But not today! Finally on the second race, the girls persistence paid off, to slot into 2nd place by a mere 45 seconds.

The ever changing Sportsboat Class leaderboard, took another spin today. On the first race, Rizal Mahadi Sazili's RSYC Team sprinted out, from a close knit group of Platu 25's, to claim victory and despite 6th place in Race 2, go directly to the top of the class. Two 2nd places for Thailand's Ithanai Yingsiri's Pine-Pacific brings them back into contention, with third overall. Bad day for overnight leader, Mohd. Masyuri's Malaysian Armend Force Team 1, with two 4th places, to hand over the lead but still hold onto second overall. Normally finishing in the back of the pack, Thailand's Puvich Chanyim Burapha University Sailing Team surprised everyone by winning the second race, in the last 300 meters.

Two more wins for Robert van Paridon's 12.81m trimaran Tantrum Too, as they continue to stretch their legs, at the front of the three boat Multihull Class. Not suited to a short choppy seaway, Gerhard Pils Pulse 600 Fetz Ma had to settle on second place. Aussie Rick Fielding's 11.58 catamaran Mojo continues to circulate but 3rd place in the handicap stakes is the best they can do.

Ever since Malaysia's 1999 Raja Muda winning helmsman, Dr Izham Rahim arrived to spin the wheel, on Ramasamy Menon's Dehler 38 VG Offshore, they have won three races and lead the Club Class, into tomorrows final showdown. Arch rival, Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly got caught in some traffic and lost time in the strong current, to finish with two 3rd places. Korolev Nikolai's Hanse 44 Milashka converted line honours into two 2nd places but remains third in the overall stakes.

In the only race today, Fabian Fernandez's Eygthene 24 O/B Freedom 12 continues to get the better of Henning Lenz 10.36m My Toy and leads the Ocean Rover Class.

John Ormston's 13m Invictas Reward won the heavyweight battle, with three wins in three days and take home the White Sails title, with a day to spare. Second place for Jack Christensen's Bavaria 49 Linda, bumps them up into second overall, from A’dale Adham Ayahudin's Oyster 55 Chantique that could only manage third today.

Final day of racing tomorrow and 'God Willing' enough wind to bring this years, 15th edition to an even happier conclusion.

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