Langkawi turns on the breeze to consolidate standings
By claiming two bullets today, Sarab Singh’s Welbourn 52 Windsikher II extends their overall lead in the IRC 1 title race. Second place in the first race, kept Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth’s Sydney GTS 43 EFG Mandrake in the running, as the closest rival but slipping to fifth place in the next race and juggling the places has extended Windsikher II lead even further. There is no drop race in this series, so all races to count. Troy Yaw’s all Malaysian crew on TP52 Ulumulu pulled off a stunning third place in the first race and the Royal Malaysian Navy DK 47 Uranus skippered Ishak b. Jab, claimed second place in front of Ray Roberts TP52 Millenium Racing to reorganise the overall pointscore.
After a spinnaker start, the two Premier Cruising yachts, hit their stride as they disappeared down the harbour. Unfortunately a short time latter, a call came in that Andrew Cocks Simonis Voogd 56 Starlight has run aground and firmly stuck on a decreasing tide. Geoff Hill’s Smith 72 Antipodes stopped racing and together with the Police rib, were able to skull drag her off with little damage. Hill made a request for redress to the jury and was reinstated as the winner of the race. This makes it 5 wins in a row and they defend the title with ease.
Craig Douglas Beneteau 47 Popeye drew first blood in the IRC 3 class by eclipsing Gordon Ketelbey’s syndicated Beneteau 44.7 Fujin by 25 seconds on corrected time. Its hard to keep a good team down and Ketelbey’s Fujin immediately bounced back, to win the next race by 10 seconds from Simon Piff’s Ker 32 Rekering Dream. With an 8 point lead, Ketelbey’s Fujin will have to have something untoward happen to them, to loose the title from here.
Pete Waa’s chartered Farr 1104 Farrgo Express can do no wrong and by adding two more bullets, making it 6 wins in a row, have wrapped up the IRC 4 Class title, on their first attempt and with one day to spare. Although it came down to only a few seconds off the pace, Jeff Harris’ J 92S Nijinski and Jeremy Camps Hunter Impala Old Pulteney Blue Angel will have to settle on second and third places respectively but would like the satisfaction of piping Farrgo Express on the last day, to regain some pride.
A lengthy Request for Redress was held by the International Jury, in regards to the assistance both the Cruising and Class 6 yachts, gave to the dismasted Royal Malaysian Navy Contesa 32 Marikh. After many options were studied and in fairness to all concerned, it was decided to revert to the times taken at an earlier gate, to determine the Race 4 result. Initially retiring from the race, this reinstates Philip Auger’s Davidson 35 Sophia back into the results and by posting another win in today’s race, remains unbeaten in five races and defends the title with ease. Chris Mitchell’s Naut 40 Lady Bubbly has consistently scored second places to earn the runner up prize. Although Dato Alex Nah’s Hunter 49 Virgo reveled in the stronger breeze for third place today, Rama’s Dehler 34 V.G.Offshore has bounced in and out of the podium places, to hold onto third overall.
With the Royal Malaysian Navy Contesa 32 Marikh being side lined with a broken mast, Dato Richard Curtis’ 100 year old Bristol Pilot Cutter Eveline, skippered by Trevor Richards assumes the Class 6 leader role, by one point from Barry Wickett’s Slipper 42 Kay Sira. Keith Miller’s Harmony 38 Sade 2 won the race today, with Simon Read’s Beneteau 350 Aeolus XC in second place. As the others ran over the time limit and depending how the Race 4 results turn out, these two will be in the running on the final day shootout.
Danny and Nigel’s PHI 1100 3Itch continue to take class line honours, but they are not far enough in front to convert to handicap victories. Defending champion, Rolf Heemskerk’s chartered Stealth 11.8m Hurricane returned to form and notched up two wins, to go directly to the top of the Multihull scoreboard. Adding two second places, to the overnight win from Pinang, leaves David Liddell’s Stealth 14m WOW in second overall and ruing the self destructing DNF in the first race in Pinang.
Tomorrow its back out onto the race track in Bass Harbour, for the final rounds of IRC windward/leewards and single passage race for the cruisers. Followed by the gala trophy presentation at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club in Langkawi, to bring the curtain down on this 26th edition.
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