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16th Royal Langkawi Int. Regatta 2018

AY Race Report 1

2017/18 AY Grand Prix Event

Two bites of the cheery, for one race
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
9:01:2018 Langkawi, Malaysia: Although the breeze looked promising as the yachts left the marina, it started to dwindle and completely faded as the fleet patiently waited. PRO Simon James decided to send the yachts back to the yacht club and wait for any improvements. At 1330 the postponement flag was dropped and crews scurried back out onto Kua Harbour. More delays as the breeze changed direction and finally settled on a sea breeze, to send the fleet on short windward/leeward courses.

As they finished the dark clouds rolled in from the West and once again become unstable. This quashed any idea of running a second race and as the forecast increases in the coming days, crews must be thankful for completing one race in trying conditions.

Kevin Whitcraft's TP52 THA 72 continued on where they left off last year, with a resounding victory. Philip Turner’s Reichel-Pugh 66 Alive suffered hydraulic engine problems and was forced to retire. This left the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces Sail Association DK47 Uranus skippered by Salleh Ahmad and Hairolnizam Hat on Farr 520 Zuhal, to slot into 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

As always the Japanese on Kazuki Kihara's First 40.7 Char Chan were very slick around the course and managed to get one over Vincent Chan's defending champion Titan 36 Mata Hari KL Registry. Max Palleschi's IOR Farr 40 Prime Factor slotted into 3rd place and called out Geoff Masters Mills 41 Meraki for not rounding the correct top mark and retired.

Niels Degenkolw's X 3/4 ton Mk2 Phoenix continued on their IRC 2 winning ways for victory over ole rival Jeremy Camps Impala 28 OOD Old Pulteney Blue Angel. Getting used to their new ride Amir Zohri and the crew on J92 S RSYC Nijinsky, settled on 3rd place and are looking for more stable conditions.

Robert van Paridon's 12.81m trimaran Tantrum Too, didn't waste any time powering around the course in the early stages, to claim the Multihull daily double over Gerhard Pils Pulse 600 Fetz Ma and Bob McIntyre's Stealth 13 Allegro as the breeze faded towards the end.

Mass start for the 10 yachts in the Club and Ocean Rover Classes. The Russians on Stas Pechenkin's Jeanneau One Design Southern Breeze 3 outclassed the fleet to notch up their first win in the Club Class. The Aussie's on Tristram Denyer's Baveria 37 Iseulta scraped into 2nd place by 41 seconds over past winner Kiwi Philip Auger's Davidson 35 Sophia. Ole rivals Ramasamy Menon's Dehler 38 VG Offshore got the better of Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly who tacked off into oblivion on the first beat and never recovered.

In the Ocean Rover class, Jack Christensen's Bavaria 49 Linda triumphed over A’dale Adham Ayahudin's Oyster 55 Chantique and left Bernard Di Tullio's Indulgence in their wake.

Racing continues tomorrow and with the wind forecasted to increase in the coming days, we can expect some action on the high seas.

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