Raja Muda Regatta – AY Race Report 3

 

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26th Raja Muda Selangor Int Regatta 2015

AY Race Report 3

2015/16 AY Grand Prix Event

Spice of life on Pinang Harbour race
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
25th Nov 2015: Heavy rain in the morning, made way for an unusual South Easterly breeze to start with. Racing was slightly delayed and as the afternoon wore on, the threatening dark clouds cleared away but at the same time, the breeze faded to a whisper. The racing classes struggled to finish the first race and as there was no improvement in conditions, PRO Jerry Rollin called it a day and sent them back to the marina. A man overboard accident on Philip Turner’s Alive caused a Philippine crew member to be evacuated to shore for medical treatment. The cruising classes were sent on a harbour race and despite shortening the course, it lasted late into the afternoon, for those determined to finish. Three Multihull’s are back, joining from Pinang onwards.

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Fully optimised for light weather, Sarab Singh’s Welbourn 52 Windsikher II ghosted around the course, to claim the daily double and return to the top of the overall IRC 1 leaderboard. With all the crew sitting on the leeward side, Ray Roberts TP52 Millenium Racing followed behind for second place and despite the crew overboard incident on Philip Turner’s Reichel-Pugh 66 Alive, skippered by Duncan Hine, held on for third place. Fourth place for Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth’s Sydney GTS 43 EFG Mandrake reduces them to second overall and very congested at the top of the score sheet.

Making the most of the fresh breeze, Geoff Hill’s Smith 72 Antipodes powered around most the course and extended their winning streak, to three Premier Cruising races held to date. Hoping to make inroads to Antipodes lead, Andrew Cocks Simonis Voogd 56 Starlight tried in vain but had to settle for the bridesmaid role yet again.

Finally John Kara’s Beneteau First 45 Insanity put an end to Gordon Ketelbey’s syndicated Beneteau 44.7 Fujin two regatta winning streak. Second place for Craig Douglas Beneteau 47 Popeye further reduced Fujin to third place but they still hold a commanding overall lead in the IRC 3 class.

A close battle around the course between Pete Waa’s chartered Farr 1104 Farrgo Express and Jeff Harris’ J 92S Nijinski came to a conclusion when Farrgo Express crossed the finish line 44 seconds in front, to pick up the daily double and extend their lead in the IRC 4 Class. Fed up with proceedings Jeremy Camps Hunter Impala Old Pulteney Blue Angel retired from the race and remains in third overall.

Hit the start line with speed and clear air, has earned the defending Cruising Class champion, Philip Auger’s Davidson 35 Sophia another win. Once again Chris Mitchell’s Naut 40 Lady Bubbly slots into second place but the big mover and shaker today is Rama’s Dehler 34 V.G.Offshore. Missing out by 7 seconds, they almost toppled Sophia for line honours but when the IRC Ratings were applied they settled in third place.

After a dip in form, Masyuri Rahamat’s Contesa 32 Marikh returned with line and handicap honours today, to maintain the overall lead in Class 6. The light air hindered the rest of the fleet, with Barry Wickett’s Slipper 42 Kay Sira picking up second place and Keith Miller’s Harmony 38 Sade 2, held on for third place. Simon Read’s Beneteau 350 Aeolus XC retired and request for redress denied, while Dato Richard Curtis’ 100 year old Bristol Pilot Cutter Eveline, skippered by Trevor Richards ran over the time limit.

The Multihull’s are back, joining from Pinang onwards. Although they looked slick at the beginning, they also suffered in the fading breeze. After modifications and new racing sails, Danny and Nigel’s Bali designed and built 3Itch hit their stride and managed to beat the defending champion, Rolf Heemskerk’s chartered Stealth 11.8m Hurricane by 24 minutes in the dying stages. The race committee waited ages for David Liddell’s Stealth 14m WOW to finish but they went the wrong side of the boat and were recorded DNF.

Tomorrow its back to passage racing with the 53nm Pinang to Langkawi race bringing the long races to an end. Depending on wind conditions, the faster yachts are expected to arrive at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club after dark and throughout the night.

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