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15th Royal Langkawi Int. Regatta 2017

AY Race Report 5 & Summary

2016/17 AY Grand Prix Event

Wind Gods deliver a Happy Ending...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
14:01:2017 Langkawi, Malaysia: As we motored to the coastal course area, you could comb your hair, in the reflection of the mirror like water surface. A wind line appeared to the North East and slowly made its way to the course area. When it increased to 5 knots, the patiently waiting race committee, quickly dropped the marks and got racing underway. As the yachts streamed across the finish line, the North flowing current grew stronger and the breeze faded to barely 3 knots. PRO Simon James decided to call it a day and sent the sailors back to the marina, to pack up their rides and get ready for the final gala dinner and prize presentation party. The regatta has been plagued by light wind, with one full day cancelled due to no wind, but the 'Wind Gods' have blessed the fleet over the last two days. Keeping the party going and delivered a happy ending to all participants, wherever they were placed.

Don Whitcraft's TP52 THA 72 didn't waste any time, establishing a handy lead on the short course, to go onto win the race and whitewash the Racing Class, with six wins and take home the Prime Minister's Challenge trophy, on their first attempt. The battle for the podium places, ended with Scott Bradley's Sydney 40 Emagine posting 2nd place and hold onto second overall, which they established on Day 1. The challenge from Steven Manning / Anthony Root's Ker 42 Black Baza, faded with the wind and they settled in third overall. Renewed spirit by Peter Ahern's syndicated Oi!, delivered 3rd place today, but the slow start to the regatta, reduced the five time RLIR champion, to fourth overall.

Another crushing victory for Vincent Chan's Titan 36 Mata Hari KL Registry, keeps a clean score sheet, with 7 wins and adds the LADA-IRC Challenge Trophy to his past RLIR victories. John Kara's heavier Beneteau First 45 Insanity and Faugeres bigger Elliot 46 Ph Plus, have followed suite, scoring 2nd and 3rd places in every race, to end up in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Despite being recalled at the start and loosing valuable ground restarting, Niels Degenkolw's X 3/4 ton Phoenix, still went on to win the race and with 7 wins, return the RLIR IRC 2 Challenge Trophy, back into Thai expat hands. Other than one glitch yesterday, Jeremy Camps Impala 28 Old Pulteney Blue Angel have scored second places, to claim second overall. Needing a bit more breeze, Liz Scoch and the all girl crew, on the Farr 1104 Sailescapes Farrgo Ladies, put in a good effort and have enjoyed a noticeable presence.

The Sportsboat Class scoreboard, has changed with every race. Overnight leader, Rizal (Tom) Mahadi Sazili's RSYC Team were determined to keep the lead and came out with all cylinders firing. Newcomers Ku Anas Ku Zamil's University Malaysia Terengganu team, were first round the top mark, with Rizal's RSYC Team in second place and within touching distance. Better gybing angles and speed on the downwind, saw the RSYC Team take the lead and never look back, to take the double, race and overall Langkawi Sports Trophy victory. Despite 5th place today, Mohd. Masyuri's Malaysian Armend Force Team 1, hold on for second overall. Second place for Thailand's Ithanai Yingsiri's Pine-Pacific and despite the dip in form mid regatta, have rebounded with third overall. Defending champions Koh Ling Ying's Singapore Management University ended in fourth overall. Although Ku Anas Ku Zamil's University Malaysia Terengganu team and Thailand's Puvich Chanyim Burapha University Sailing Team finished down the order, they have won races and very encouraging, as they've been up and down the placing's each race.

Given some open space and enough wind to move, Robert van Paridon's 12.81m trimaran Tantrum Too, has outclassed his two opponents, in every race bar the first one, to win the Multihull Challenge Cup, on their first attempt. Gerhard Pils Pulse 600 Fetz Ma started with a giant slaying act but couldn't repeat it and settles on second overall. Finally on the last race, Aussie Rick Fielding's 11.58 catamaran Mojo got the better of Pils Fetz Ma in the handicap stakes but third overall was always on the cards.

The Russians on Korolev Nikolai's Hanse 44 Milashka, finally converted line honours to a win on handicap and elevate themselves into second overall. Second place is enough, for Ramasamy Menon's Dehler 38 VG Offshore, to claim their first victory in the Club Class and with a great deal of commotion, lift the RLYC Commodore's Cup. Tough couple of days, for Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly finishing 3rd and relegated to third in the overall stakes.

After suffering three defeats, Henning Lenz 10.36m My Toy bounced back today, to defeat Fabian Fernandez's Eygthene 24 O/B Freedom 12, but it comes to late in proceedings, to improve beyond second overall, in the Ocean Rover Class.

After a couple years absence, John Ormston's 13m Invictas Reward made it four wins in a row, to clinch the White Sails title. Since arriving late from Thailand, Jack Christensen's Bavaria 49 Linda has scored 2nd places and relegated A’dale Adham Ayahudin's Oyster 55 Chantique down to third overall.

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. This year goes to, Rick Fielding's 11.58m catamaran Mojo, from the Multihull Class.

Summary
Sailors can thank their lucky stars, for enough wind, to successfully complete this 15th edition, on a happy note. They can't control the weather, but can trim the sails, to suit the wind strength. Months of preparation goes into getting ready, by boat owners and organisers alike, so 'the show must go on' in all conditions. Thankfully sailors are a very resilient lot, that can easily adapt and are ready to face all situations. The new marina renovations, with in house hotel and restaurants, make it very convenient for all concerned and designed to keep the party atmosphere alive. They are very good at hosting parties at the RLYC and couldn't find a better place for sailors to ring in the New Year, in grand style. Mark down early January in your sailing diary for the 2018 RLIR.

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