30th Raja Muda Regatta concludes and time to celebrate...
By posting 4 wins and never finishing worse than 3rd, Rolf Heemskerk's Farr 40 The Next Factor, held the overall lead by six points, coming into today's final races and by posting 3rd place on the only race today, has won them the Raja Muda Cup and 30th edition miniature silver Raja Muda Cup to take home, on their first attempt. Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood never gave up and scored the daily double on the last two races in Langkawi, to leap frog Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II into 2nd overall but couldn't recover from the slow start to the regatta. A new partnership between Sarab Singh and Nick Burns is being struck on Windsikher II, settled on 3rd place and could turn into a team to be reckoned with, at future events.
Although Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes fell one point behind, in the overall Premier Cruising Class standings yesterday, the professional crew were determined to pull out all the stops today. It started well before the start, with Antipodes luffing up Doug Sallis' Hanse 575 Colie several times, which left them a clear lane to the start line and clean air up the first beat. They continued to extend their lead and the fading breeze left Colie in their wake, to even up the points score. By not having a second race the race scores were exactly the same and came down to the last race win for Antipodes, to get their hands on the Jugra Cup again.
HH The Raja Muda Of Selangor, skippering the Beneteau 44.7 Fujin, made a gallant effort on the windward/leeward course to claim the daily double and were ready to do it again but the fading breeze put an end to their chances and had to settle on 2nd overall. Simon Piff's Lauranus L34 Rainbow Dream has contested the Raja Muda regatta many times with mixed results and surprised themselves when they started winning races, to finish today's race in 3rd place and enough points to win the JCC RE Challenge Trophy. The Rahim brothers on J 92S Nijinsky, started the regatta with a flourish but finished down the order on the last few races, to be overtaken and end up in 3rd overall.
Although Rama's Dehler 34 V.G.Offshore finally got up to beat Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly today, an exemplary performance by Lady Bubbly with 4 wins and two 2nd places, earns them the RLYC trophy by 10 points, in front of 2nd placed Lucas van Maarschalkerweerd's X-342 Minx, in the 10 boat Cruising Class. Improved performances on the last few races has lifted Rama's V.G.Offshore into 3rd overall and 3rd today for Lily Sophiah's Yamaha 36 Dash cements them in 4th place, on their first attempt at a regatta.
Five wins out of six races grants the defending champion, Royal Malaysian Armed Forces Contessa 32OD Marikh skippered by Hasani Hassan, the Classic Class title. As the others were stuck in a three way tie on 15 points, the final placing's would separate them in an orderly fashion. Second place for Shah Azlan's Westerly Storm 33 Tofan, 3rd for David McKeown's classic Stow 78 Rona and 4th for Dato Richard Curtis 100 year old Bristol cutter Eveline became the overall order.
When Norma Noordin skippering the Lightwave 38 Out Of The Blue II, with the Port Klang Sea Scouts onboard, become stuck in the hove to position and drifted backwards across the start line, the race was over, as Pete Waa's Stealth 11.8m Java, sailed off into the distance. Victory by an hour and half added to five more wins and a clean sheet for the Multihull title, on their first attempt.
By scoring 4 wins in their respective classes, Rolf Heemskerk's Farr 40 The Next Factor and Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly become joint 'Highest AsianYachting Grand Prix Scorer' at this regatta and added onto earlier scores, will spiral them to the top of the AYGP Rankings. Check out the current 2019-20 AYGP Rankings, that culminate in the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards by clicking on Skipper - Yacht - Regatta and Scoring System.
Alison Lim and RMSIR organising committee, PRO Simon James race management team, International Jury chaired by Lenard Chin, Royal Selangor Yacht Club administration, media team, Royal Malaysian Navy, ASP Khalid Bin Mohamed Ali and the Royal Malaysia Police plus the Selangor State government for their support. The changes instigated this year by Malcolm Elliot, like the tracking finish lines and timing have worked out well and are a welcome addition.
Everyone that has competed on the RMSIR has a memorable story, that will be repeated at dinner parties for many years to come. This style of racing, may not suite everyone but if it appeals to you, better mark down the middle of November, on the sailing calendar next year.
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