14th Raja Muda International Regatta 2003
AsianYachting Race Report 5 & Summary
Langkawi
Windward / Leeward's (Final Day)
by CaptMarty@AsianYachting.com

Goto RMIR 2003 Preliminary Results: http://asianyachting.com/news/RMIRresults03.htm

After surviving 3 grueling overnight passage races up the west coast of Malaysia and completing 3 harbour races in Langkawi the eventual winner of the RMIR 2003 is Ray Roberts and his mainly Aussie rock star crew on Hollywood Boulevard.

Stirred on by Australia's participation in the Rugby World Cup final the crew went out, full of determination to capitalize on their earlier wins and after many close shaves in the past, help Ray Roberts win his first overall RMIR trophy.

The race committee persevered with a light 6 - 8 knot breeze that filled in gusts but eventually died as the afternoon wore on, initially forcing all of the smaller yachts to score a DNC as they could not finish the very optimistic and shortened 2.5 nm windward /leeward course within the time limit.

The much anticipated last day showdown in the racing class unfortunately turned into something of a farce, as after seeking redress from the international jury, the racing class 1 crews had to be content with a aggregate of points from earlier races to determine the final overall positions.

This decision aggravated many of the outspoken competitors who have expressed their anger in the jury's decision, that are in favour abandoning the last race in a effort to maintain the integrity of the event and ensure their participation next year.

Which ever way the results are calculated Ray Roberts and Hollywood Boulevard will go down in the record books as the overall winners in Racing Class 1 this year. The remaining podium positions and minor placing's in Class 1A and 1B remain in dispute as further clarification from the International Sailing Federation on the jury's decision is being sort. Stuart Harrison's Malaysian youth team were awarded 2nd overall and Peter Ahern's YO! relegated to third after a tack into oblivion on the last race and 2 mid fleet finishes the day before.

In the Premier Cruising and Cruising Classes the overall winners where determined before the final round going to Jon Wardill's Australian Maid and Andrew Findlay's Pelangi respectively. The only changes came in the Premier Cruising class who sailed a passage race with Schle Woods X512 X-Treme from Thailand taking the honours in the last race and Peter Cremers 2nd place on Shahtoosh lifted them to 2nd overall over Keith Garry's Yendys who where tied on points coming into the last race. A magnificent sight to behold eventuated after the sea breeze came in with the big yachts spinnaker running down neck and neck to the finish line where they all finished within 2 minutes of each other.

The topsy turvy nature of calculating the Classic Class results was eventually settled with the RMN entry Dondang Sayang coming to the fore in the last race to take out overall 1st place. Claus Karthe's Greensleeves ended up in 2nd place from Tunku Nazim's F31. Chalupa skippered by K.P. Chin ended up 4th despite winning the last race and along with Stardust and Eveline suffered from not finishing in earlier races.

Summary

The high campaign costs and seriousness in the top racing ranks has raised the level of expectations from race committee's and the all important decision makers to run competitive races that produce fair and equitable results for most of the competitors these days. We have just seen how one mistake on the water is compounded by a jury's unpopular decision can quickly sour a thoroughly entertaining event and possibly gain a bad reputation that will take allot of persuading to get the top class competitors to return in following years.

Despite the unsavory finish to this years RMIR it has produced some interesting highlights and new lessons learnt. The Malaysian youth team and the all girls Dewi Bayu Team have mixed it in well with the top racing class yachts and this experience will go along way in encouraging future local participation from the dinghy class sailors. After patching up their early differences the visiting yachts in the new Premier Cruising class finished up having some very close racing and the happiest of endings.

Andrew Owen from Proteus Sports reports that the Omega Asian Yachting Circuit got off to a fine start and he is looking forward to the next clash in a weeks time at the Phuket Kings Cup. After all is said and done, one can only reverberate the warning issued in the AY Pre Regatta Report (Below) that the "RMIR is considered one of the most tactical and hardest regatta's to win over the AY Season...
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See how Ray Roberts RMIR 2003 win has lifted Hollywood Boulevard to currently share first place with Peter Ahern's YO! in the 2003/04 AY Skipper and Yacht Rankings after the 3rd ***** five star, grand prix yacht racing event held this Season. Check out how the championship is shaping up at: http://asianyachting.com/news/Rankings0304.htm

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14th Raja Muda International Regatta 2003
AsianYachting Race Report 4
Langkawi
Windward / Leeward's
by CaptMarty@AsianYachting.com

Go to RMIR 2003 Preliminary Results: Page...

After a short delay the afternoon sea breeze appeared and racing got underway in 8 knots of breeze. The racing classes completed two windward / leeward races and Premier Cruising and the Classics managed to get in a passage race around some of the 99 Langkawi islands. In almost all classes the pointscores are very close and the remaining race performances will prove to be the deciding factor in who takes away this year's RMIR trophy.

Despite Ray Roberts on Hollywood Boulevard taking line honours in both races today the handicap honours was shared amongst last years RMIR winner, Fred Kinmonth's Stella and Hollywood Boulevard in Racing Class A, but the days big mover on the leaderboard belongs to the Malaysian youth team on the Mumm 30 Panic who won both races in the combined Class 1A and 1B results to lift them to 3rd spot overall and above the all girls crew on Gotcha Lagi! in 1B who have been dominating them till now.

Peter Ahern's Yo! stays in the hunt being only 1 point behind Ray Roberts Hollywood Boulevard and all hinges on tomorrows 2 races (weather permitting) to see who will become the champion.

In Racing 1B Jeremy Muller's Scallywag improved his performance to record 2 second places while Bill Bremners Foxy Lady seems to be slipping out the back door since his first race victory.

Andrew Findlay on Pelangi cemented his victory in the Cruising Class by recording a 2nd place and another win to make it 4 wins from 5 races. Keith Browns Muzbnuts won the first race and has overall 2nd place in the bag with Warren Ritchie's Vela being comfortably third.

In Premier Cruising class Jon Wardill's Australian Maid sealed their overall victory with another closely fought first place this time from Peter Cremers Shahtoosh and Dr Ian Nicolson's Intrigue of Stornoway who led for half the race. The battle tomorrow revolves around separatingYendys and Shartoosh who are tied on points for second place and Intrigue stands a chance as they trail in third by only one point.

The Classic Class had another mixed day with Chalupa skippered by K.P. Chin taking the honours from Tunku Nazim's F31 that is superbly helmed by his 16 year old son and the RMN entry Dondang Sayang ended up third. Although Chalupa leads the overall standings by one point both the F31 and Greensleves are tied for second and tomorrows final race may yet be the battle of the heavyweights.
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14th Raja Muda International Regatta 2003
AsianYachting Race Report 3
Pulau Pinang to Langkawi

by CaptMarty@AsianYachting.com

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The 60nm Leg 3 from Pinang to Langawi is renown for having strong wind and this years race did not disappoint the crews. They started in a building North Easterly and 2 sail reached for most of the course before a couple of 20 knot plus storms crossed their path causing a reshuffle of places, giving an advantage to some and punishing others.

The crews eagerness to get going resulted in Panic, Joan Marie, Pasaya and Stella being caught over the start line from which they never recovered plus Stardust and Chalupa also being recalled in the Classic Class.

In Racing Class 1A Ray Roberts Hollywood Boulevard took line honours but was relegated to 2nd place overall by Peter Ahern's YO! who matched the higher rated boat, almost boat for boat on the long reaching leg.

Coming into this race Hollywood Boulevard, YO! and Neil Pryde's Hi-Fidelity where all tied on 5 points apiece at the top of the table. YO!'s win now gives Peter Ahern's crew a slender 1 point lead coming into the final 2 days of windward/ leeward racing that suites them and which they have won before here.

The all girls Dewi Bayu Team on Gotcha Lagi! pulled of a surprise win in Racing Class 1B and had they been only 1 minute and 20 secs faster would have beaten Yo! in the combined 1A and 1B overall results for this race which would go along way towards winning the prestigious gold and silver RMIR 2003 trophy. Although Jeremy Muller's Scallywag and Graham Linde's Sumatra have not featured in earlier races they finished up 2nd and 3rd respectively to close up the pointscore and make for an exciting finish in this class.

Taking the advantage of sailing a higher course early in the race placed Ian Nicolson's Intrigue of Stornoway in an excellent position when the storm hit to take a well deserved line honours win in the Premier Cruising class. Yachts racing in this class are very evenly matched and make an impressive sight as they travel along in close proximity where one little mistake can see the positions visibly change on the water. This time it is Keith Garry's Yendys that takes the handicap honours from Jon Wardill's Australian Maid who crossed the line only 23 sec's behind them and Intrigue ended up third on handicap.

After suffering some boatspeed problems earlier on Andrew Findlay's Pelangi came from way behind in the Cruising Class to clinch their 3rd win on handicap over Keith Browns faster Muzbnuts who took line honours. Warren Ritchie's Vela filled third spot and the yachts present overall standings are the same as the finishing order.

The battle in the Classic Class and Others resulted in everybody managing to finish in time and low and behold Chalupa skippered by K.P. Chin who was recalled at the start recorded their first ever win in a yacht race. Tunku Nazim's F31 took line honours and placed 2nd in front of Claus Karthe's Greensleeves who leads the overall standings.

Racing in the RMIR now shifts to 4 windward/leeward courses (weather permitting) for the racing classes and day races for the cruising class on picturesque Bass Harbour amongst the 99 islands that make up Langkawi. For the final showdown the best performers on the 3 passage races now have to change their racing strategy and crew skills if they are to stand a chance of going on and capturing the 2003 title.
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To view past Raja Muda Int Regatta - Summaries and AY Race Reports (click on) 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002

The RMIR 2003 is the 3rd ***** five star, grand prix yacht racing event held this year at which the 2003/04 AY Rankings are calculated, that fairly grades competing Racing Yachts and the Skippers performance through out Asian waters each Season.  Check out how this years championship is shaping up at: http://asianyachting.com/news/Rankings0304.htm

14th Raja Muda International Regatta 2003
AsianYachting Race Report 2
Pangkor Island to Pulau Pinang

by CaptMarty@AsianYachting.com

Go to RMIR 2003 Preliminary Results Page...

The predicted weather conditions did not eventuate forcing the race officer Jimmy Farquhar to delay the start a little to allow the sea breeze to fill in, before they got on with the days proceedings. This leg from Pankor to Pinang is usually a 60nm drag race but as the wind was on the nose most of the race, it turned into a close hauled tactical battle along the Kra Bank for the leading class 1 racers. After experiencing near drifting conditions within sight of the finish line a few minutes of excitement prevailed as a tropical thunderstorm descended upon them which successfully rearranged the finishing order and the resultant lull in the breeze afterwards made it a slow and tedious finish for the trailing fleet.

In Racing Class 1A this time, the tables where turned in favour of Keith Moore's DK 43 Pla Loma after handicaps are applied. Neil Pryde's Hi-Fidelity managed to clinch Line Honours from Ray Roberts on Hollywood Boulevard by a mere 40 seconds before hitting the finishing mark and managed to finish up in 2nd spot. Peter Ahern's YO! crossed shortly afterwards taking 3rd place and Hollywood Ray made the best of a unfavourable situation to end up 4th.

The Malaysian youth team on Panic in Racing Class 1B made up for their first race disapointment with a resounding line and handicap win over the rest. As the light breeze faded during the early hours of the morning so did the hopes of the remaining boats left on the water. Bill Bremner's Foxy Lady snuck into 2nd place with Jeremy Muller's Scallywag the the all girl crew on Gotcha Lagi! lucky to cross the finish with only 36 seconds remaining before the 24 hour time limit expired.

A simular fate fell on the Cruising Class and Andrew Findlay's Pelangi was the only finisher in the time limit to record his second first place victory. All others where allocated a DNF (Did Not Finish).

Jon Wardill's Australian Maid scored their second bullet, this time from Hans Hvide's Swann 68 Irvmiren and the Keith Garry skippered Yendys to take a commanding lead in the Premier Cruising class.

In the Classic Class race one winner Claus Karthe's Hans Christian 48 Greensleeves from the Philippines added a further win overnight to lead the overall standings. The Royal Malaysian Navy's entry Dondang Sayang skippered by Malik Sulaiman took second place in front of Tunku Nazim's F31. After being awarded a OCS for being over the start line early in Race 1, Dato' Richard Curtis's 100 year old Bristol Pilot Cutter Eveline made up for it to be placed 5th this time out.

Leg 3 is a 60nm sprint from Pinang to the legendary Islands of Langkawi which hopefully will produce some quick times for which this leg is famous for. The changing fortunes so far has produced a mixed bag of results which has evened up the pointscores in some classes as we proceed into the final passage race of the series.
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The RMIR 2003 is the 3rd ***** five star, grand prix yacht racing event held this year at which the 2003/04 AY Rankings are calculated, that fairly grades competing Racing Yachts and the Skippers performance through out Asian waters each Season.  Check out how this years championship is shaping up at: http://asianyachting.com/news/Rankings0304.htm

Most of the photos on the web edition can be purchased directly from Guy Nowell at: http://www.guynowell.com


14th Raja Muda International Regatta 2003
AsianYachting Race Report 1
Port Klang to Pangkor Island
by CaptMarty@AsianYachting.com

The big racing yachts, completed the 90 nm overnight leg from Port Klang to Pangkor Islands in record time, that may well yet see this years event turning into a big boat benefit. A consistent 10 to 15 knot North Westerly breeze materialized at the start that lasted through the night and well into the early hours of the morning, which made it a tight port hand reach for some and a windward beat for others. The only casualties where Stardust in the classic class with a broken top mast and Bintang in the cruising class with a troublesome genoa roller furler.

Ray Roberts highly tuned Farr 52 Hollywood Boulevard averaged a little under 9 knots over the 90 mile course to take line honours in 10hrs 37mins 29secs. They also collected overall handicap honours by finishing almost an hour in front of fellow Aussie, Peter Ahern's YO! who where at it neck and neck with New Zealand's Neil Pryde on Hi-Fidelity throughout the race and similar to the days rugby semi final score finished up in that order. Being on the same tack most of the time and not requiring any sail changes was heard amongst the grumbling crew after the race.

In the lower handicapped Racing Class B, Singapore's Bill Bremner on Foxy Lady snuck in a close victory by just under a minute over Malaysia's all girls Dewi Bayu Team racing on Gotcha Lagi! this year, to be the best of the small boats. John Busch's Beneteau 40.7 Joan Marie took third spot from a disappointed Malaysian youth crew on the Mumm 30 Panic to be handsomely beaten by the girls.

As some of the Premier Cruising class yachts have the luxury of satellite television onboard, the boredom of sitting on the rail can be replaced with the pleasure of watching the Aussie/NZ semifinal clash down in the plush interior of the owners stateroom. To every bodies surprise the Aussie's did it again with Jon Wardill's Australian Maid snatching a big win over Peter Cremers Shahtoosh and demoralized the ex Kiwi rugby contingent on Ian Nicolson's well traveled Warwick 60 Intrigue of Stornoway who slowed down dramatically during the match.

In the Cruising Class Andrew Findlay's Gibb Sea 37 Pelangi came out on top by over a minute from Keith Browns faster Young 8.8 Muzbnuts and Warren Ritchie's Vela filled in third spot.

At the time of preparing this report the Classic Class results had yet to be determined and the outcome is likely to rest with the International jury after they arrive on Pangkor Island. Stardust retired with a broken topmast and Eveline is deemed to be over the line at the start of the race.

If current conditions prevail on the 65nm Leg 2 from Pangkor Is to Penang Is (The pearl of the Orient) the racers are likely to experience more of the same but as the wind angle is expected to open up a bit this will allow crews to fly asymmetric spinnakers and jib tops most of the way which should climax into an exciting sprint to the finish.
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14th Raja Muda International Regatta 2003
AsianYachting Pre - Race Report
by CaptMarty@AsianYachting.com

The Raja Muda International Regatta is considered one of the most tactical and hardest regatta's to win over the AY Season. The degree of difficulty in yacht racing terms significantly increases on the 3 overnight passage races up the Malacca Straits along the west coast of Malaysia. Crews can expect at least 2 knots of tidal current, light to medium winds and have to deal with the occasional roaming thunder storm over the next week of racing. This will severely test the racers seamanship and navigation skills especially between Pt Klang, Pangkor, Penang and Langkawi. Past winners of the RMlR classes can stand proud of their yachting achievements and have historically gone on to take podium finishes at the Kings Cup in Phuket, the Singapore Straits and the Presidents Cup in the Philippines.

The RMIR 2003 is the 3rd ***** five star, grand prix yacht racing event held this year at which the 2003/04 AY Rankings are calculated, that fairly grades competing Racing Yachts and the Skippers performance through out Asian waters each Season.  Check out last seasons Champions at...

In IRC Racing Class 1A Hollywood Boulevard, Hi-Fidelity, YO!, and Pla Loma competed at the recent Asean Regatta will be joined by last years winner Fred Kinmonth's Stella and a Farr 40 Pasaya under charter to Andreas Bienz's Swiss team that won back in 1998 on Jenny III. All the yachts stand a chance here as they come fully prepared for a lengthy racing campaign with a number of professional racing crews swelling the ranks.

The IRC Racing Class 1B contains 6 very similarly matched yachts including a new Sydney 32 Scallywag and last years winner Stuart Harrison's Mumm 30 Panic with a Malaysian youth team onboard.

The all girls Dewi Bayu Team have chartered Amir Zohri's 4 time winner Gotcha Lagi! this year and are more than determined to put in a good showing in front of their male counterparts. More on the Dewi Bayu Team can be found at: http://asianyachting.com/gotcha/DewiBayu.htm

The newly introduced Premier Cruising Class has attracted a good line-up of big production yachts, anything from Schle Woods X512 X-Treme from Thailand to Hans Hvide Swann 68 Irvmiren. Jon Wardill's classic racer Australian Maid has participated on 11 RMIR series out of 13 and very familiar with the track is joined by 2 custom Warwick designs Intrigue of Stornoway and Shahtoosh from Hong Kong plus a late Malaysian inclusion Yendys (Sydney spelt backwoods) so we can expect to see some close racing come from this class.

This RMIR also marks the beginning of the annual Sir Thomas Lipton Perpetual Cup Series and the Omega sponsored Asian Yachting Circuit or "Omega AYC". Both events combine a selection the region's four oldest keelboat regattas into unified circuits with individual pointscoring systems and trophy presentations.

The Cruising and Classic Classes have a combined total of 11 entries and are usually very competitive despite forming the afterguard in a very competitive fleet.

A good match up to follow will be between the 2 Gibb Sea 37's - Warren Ritchie's Vela and Andrew Findlay's Pelangi plus Keith Browns Muzbnuts that has preformed very well during the RSYC sailing season.

Dato' Richard Curtis's 100 year old Bristol Pilot Cutter Eveline will be taking on the 50ft Gaff Rigged Schooner Stardust under charter to Liz Hallett in the Classic Class and the Royal Malaysian Navy are well represented with the 11.2m Dondang Sayang under LT Malik and a Beneteau 38 Chalupa under K. P. Chin.

Although there is only 29 starters the quality of the competing yachts assembled at the RSYC pontoons this year is a sight to behold. Enough carbon fibre technology to build a full fleet of F1 cars and a superb mixture of well appointed racer/cruisers, all out cruisers and traditional classic yachts.

AsianYachting.com is a honourable website publishing company created by Capt Marty who has participated in every Raja Muda Int Regatta... in some way or another since the first year. For the last 5 years we have produced the well respected AY News and Views each month and E-mailed out the popular AY Race Reports each day from selected grand prix events over the AY Season. To view past Raja Muda Int Regatta - Summaries and AY Race Reports (click on) 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
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RMIR ENTRY STATUS 14 Nov. 03

Class 1 - Racing A
Class 1 - Racing B
Class 2 - Premier Cruising
Class 3 - Cruising
Class 4 - Classic & others

See how this years 2003/04 AsianYachting Skipper and Yacht Rankings is going...

Tally
Boat Name
Class
Skipper
Nationality
IRC
1
Hollywood Boulevard - Farr 52
1A
Ray Roberts
AUS
1.315
2
Hi-Fidelity - Welbourne 46
1A
Neil Pryde
HKG
1.239
3
YO! - Murray Burns Dovel 50
1A
Peter Ahern
MAS
1.236
4
Pasaya - Farr 40
1A
Andreas Bienz
SUI
1.181
5
Pla Loma - DK 43
1A
Keith Moore
SIN
1.18
6 Stella - Sydney 38
1A
Fred Kinmonth
HKG
1.119
7
Panic - Mumm 30
1B
Stuart Harrison
MAS
1.092
8 Joan Marie - Beneteau 40.7
1B
John Busch
SIN
1.083
9 Foxy Lady - Sydney 36
1B
Bill Bremner
SIN
1.083
10
Scallywag - Sydney 32
1B
Jeremy Muller
SIN
1.019
11 Gotcha Lagi! - Farr 36
1B
Juanita Spencer
MAS
0.999
12 Sumatra - Oyster SJ35
1B
Graham Linde
SIN
0.961
13
Irvmiren - Swan 68
2
Hans Hvide
SIN
1.236
14 Intrigue of Stornoway - Warwick 60
2
Ian Nicolson
HKG
1.229
15 Australian Maid - Cassidy 55
2
Jon Wardill
AUS
1.185
16 Yendys - Beneteau 53
2
Martin Axe
MAS
1.179
17 Shahtoosh - Warwick 55
2
Peter Cremers
HKG
1.168
18 X-Treme - X 512
2
Schle Woods Thanan
THA
1.162
19 Vela - Gibb Sea 37
3
Warren Ritchie
MAS
0.934
20 Bintang - Sun Odessey 40
3
Lt Mohd. Hamdan
MAS
1.008
21 Muzbnuts - Young 8.8
3
Keith Brown
MAS
0.964
22 Pelangi - Gibb Sea 37
3
Andrew Findlay
MAS
0.937
23 Eveline - Bristol Pilot Cutter
4
Dato' Richard Curtis
MAS
24 Stardust - Gaff Rigged Schooner 52
4
Liz Hallett
MAS
25 Dondang Sayang - 11.2m
4
Lt. Malik b. Sulaiman
MAS
26 Greensleeves - Hans Christian 48
4
Claus Karthe
PHI
27 F 31 - Farrier trimaran
4
Tengku Jimmy Nazim
MAS
28 Chalupa - Beneteau First 38
4
K. P. Chin

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