RMSIR is underway in earnest...
Miraculously only Neil Ankorn's Farr 1104 Mat Salleh and Jeff Harris' J 92S Nijinski mistimed the first start and were swept across the line before the start and set an example for other skippers to avoid. As expected the IRC 1 Class nailed it, with the Malaysian Armed Forces DK 47 Utarid skippered by Ishak Bin Jab, Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth's Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake, Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 and Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi simultaneously lined up and hit the line with speed as the horn sounded within seconds of each other and the 24th regatta got underway in earnest.
Two hours earlier the Cruising and Classic Classes started in lighter breeze and several yachts crossed the line going sideways as the current took hold of them. Some yachts left the tack for the windward mark to late and struggled to sail back into the current to round it and eventually gave up all hope.
The breeze held up for the first few hours but faded as the afternoon wore on, and as the adverse tide turned against them, they gradually came to a standstill with anchors at the ready. The wind switched over to the land breeze as a building storm cell descended on the fleet and propelled the leaders all the way to the finish line. Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes was first to finish followed by Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi and Peter Cremers brand new Shahtoosh.
Helmsman in Neil Pryde's absence on Hi Fi, Aussie Kosie stated when he came ashore "All you can do, is sail as fast as you can in the conditions you are dealt at the time and hope the boats behind don't get more favourable treatment when they come through the same patch". As the storm passed over the breeze started to clock around and freed up enough for spinnakers to be launched. Some skippers received 20 knots in the gusts and had hairy downwind rides, while others missed out completely. After the dust has settled Sarab Jeet Singh's Sydney 40 Mod Windsikher claimed the handicap honours in front of Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 and Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth's Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake in third place, which relegated Pryde's Hi Fi down to fourth.
The crew on Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes covered the course the quickest and in doing so notched up the daily double in the Premier Cruising Class. Peter Cremers magnificently presented Shahtoosh slotted into second place in their first outing in anger. Caught on the wrong side of the storm cell, Jon Wardill's Cassidy 55 Australian Maid had to contend with a light patch but still managed to secure third place.
In a close IRC 3 encounter, Gordon Ketelbey's Beneteau 44.7 Fujin had their lead reduced to less than a minute by Brian de Vries Swarbrick S125 Steel de Breeze in the closing stages but Fuijin clung on for the handicap honours with Steel de Breeze ending in second place. Jon Cray's Swan 42 Sea Bass dropped of the pace the leaders were setting and settled on third place.
Despite being recalled at the start, Neil Ankorn's Farr 1104 Mat Salleh and Jeff Harris' J 92S Nijinski clawed their way back into contention through a minefield of conditions and finished up first and second respectively in the IRC 4 Class. Jega Muniandy's X 342 M/H Leopad Dream became the first casualty of the event and retired gracefully back to Port Klang with Jega keeping a close eye on them from his light aircraft that buzzed the starting area. Another storm cell at daybreak descended on the remaining fleet on the approaches to Pangkor, which left an almighty calm spell as the rain fell and crews battled with the incoming tidal current to finish. Over 1 1/2 hours after Nijinski claimed class line honours, John Kara's Dehler 34 Skybird crossed the finish line to take third place which left only the remaining cruising yachts drifting on the horizon.
Tobias Arnold's Beneteau Oceanis 46 Cideles led the nine strong Cruising Class 5 fleet across the finish line, only to be piped by Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly for the handicap honours. Over four hours behind on corrected time, Simon Piff's Lavranos 34 Rainbow Dream, endured a luckless night of sailing for third place but still the "best of the rest" in the early morning drifting stakes.
The students from the Langkawi Sailing School on Barry Wickett's Slipper 42 Kay Sira were first to register their gate times and as some doubt exists whether Dato Richard Curtis' 100 year old Eveline skippered by Trevor Richards and Adale Adham's Macgregor 26X Rock Steady rounded the first windward mark, Wickett's Kay Sira is the provisional winner in Classic Class 6.
Tonight the Seaview Resort on Pulau Pangkor hosts the stopover prize presentation party in a sailor friendly atmosphere, where skippers and crews come face to face to celebrate their victory and enduring tales of their Leg 1 experience. Tomorrow the Passage Race from Pangkor to Pinang gets underway and the boats will be berthed at the Straits Quay complex with its many food and beverage outlets and conducts the trishaw race on the prominade after the fleet arrives on Tuesday afternoon.
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This event is also the fourth point scoring regatta on the annual AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP), where all the skippers and yachts are awarded points based on their overall placing's at the end of the regatta, that go toward crowning the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. Search the 2013-14 AYGP Pointscore by Skipper - Yacht - Regatta Results - Scoring System
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