Gods deliver a Happy Ending... By
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.
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
2nd place and hold onto second overall, which they established on Day
challenge from Steven Manning /
Ker 42 Black Baza,
with the wind and they settled in third overall. Renewed spirit by Peter
3rd place today, but the slow start to the regatta, reduced the five time
RLIR champion, to fourth overall.
crushing victory for Vincent
Chan's Titan 36 Mata HariKL 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.
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
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
(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
and within touching distance. Better gybing angles and speed on the downwind,
saw the RSYC
take the lead and never look back, to take the double, race and overall
victory. Despite 5th place today,
Malaysian Armend Force Team 1, hold on
for second overall. Second place for Thailand's
Pine-Pacific and despite
the dip in form mid regatta, have rebounded with third overall. Defending
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.
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.
Russians on Korolev Nikolai's Hanse 44 Milashka, finally
line honours to a win on handicap and elevate themselves into second overall.
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
RLYC Commodore's Cup.
Tough couple of days, for
Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly
3rd and relegated to third in the overall stakes.
suffering three defeats, Henning
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.
a couple years absence, John Ormston's 13m InvictasReward
made it four
wins in a row, to clinch the
White Sails title. Since arriving late from Thailand,
Christensen's Bavaria 49 Linda
has scored 2nd places and relegated A’dale
Adham Ayahudin's Oyster 55 Chantique down
to third overall.
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.
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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