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AY Race Report 3

2016/17 AY Grand Prix Event

Penang Harbour races aroused the players
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
23rd Nov 2016: Just to further complicate matters, Murphy’s Law had to play its hand in proceedings. Up and out early, PRO Jerry Rollin and the race makers, set the marks for two courses, based on the land breeze. A few minutes before the start sequence, it was like someone turned off the fan switch and much to everyone’s dismay the postponement flag was displayed. Fortunately on the horizon the incoming seabreeze could be seen, while the courses were relayed and back to the starting signal. No complaints with the wind after that, as it built quickly throughout the afternoon. Joining the fleet in Penang is Kevin Whitcraft’s all conquering TP52 THA 72 and Robert van Paridon’s 12.81m trimaran Tantrum Too but both classes they entered, only have one runner and allowed to start with existing classes but are on their own.

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Kevin Whitcraft’s TP52 THA 72 hooked up the windward mark with a trailing sheet and dragged it about 300 meters down the course. Sarab Singh’s Welbourn 52 Windsikher II rounded the mark in front of THA 72 and has asked for redress from the jury, as the smaller boats sailed a much shorter course. Provisionally Windsikher II scored 2nd and 1st on the day and which ever way the jury decide, elevates them to the top of the IRC Class 1 leaderboard. Fourth and second for Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth’s Sydney GTS 43 Mandrake II eases them down to second overall. Second and third for Steve Manning’s Ker 42 Black Baza brings them back into contention, with a lot a work to do. The long distance racers on Jonathan Mahony’s Humphreys 42 Zanzibar have been holding their own, picking up podium places to be fourth overall, after the Malaysian Armed Forces DK47 Uranus skippered by Norhafisam Ahmad fell off the pace.

Reveling in the fresh breeze, Geoff Hill’s Smith 72 Antipodes powered around the course, to claim the daily double and go back to the top of the Premier Cruising Class. The Malaysian Armed Forces Farr 520 Zuhal skippered by Mohd Masyuri gained an advantage, when Andrew Cocks blew the spinnaker on his Simonis Voogd 56 Starlight and finished second and third respectively, as well in the overall stakes.

Posting their fourth win in a row, David Fuller’s Beneteau 44.7 Fujin are building a picket fence out of the Class 3 results. Two third places, is just enough to keep John Kara’s Beneteau First 45 Insanity in second overall by one point. Steadily climbing the rankings, Craig Douglas Beneteau 47 Popeye scored two second places, to close into third overall and overtake Jeff Harris’ J 92S Nijinski in the process.

Enjoying the fresh conditions, Chris Mitchell’s Naut 40 Lady Bubbly blitzed the opposition and extended their lead in the overall Cruising Class stakes. Arne Hayn’s Dehler 34 Delite came good today for second place and moved in to secure third overall. Starting in the back row, Rama’s Dehler 34 V.G.Offshore, could not recover and settling on third place, keeps them in second overall, but some work to do, to catch up with the leader.

Jeremy Camps Impala 28 Old Pulteney Blue Angel claimed the daily double and in doing so, climbs up to lead the Classic Cruising Class. Coming from way behind, Dato Richard Curtis’ 100 year old Bristol Pilot Cutter Eveline, skippered by Trevor Richards clocked in with second place but not finishing Leg 2 from Pangkor, is holding them back in 4th overall. Third place for Keith Miller’s Harmony 38 Sade 2 and fourth for Simon Read’s Beneteau 350 Aeolus XC has produced a unique situation. The leading three boats Old Pulteney Blue Angel, Sade 2 and Aeolus XC are all tied on 8 points and only separated by their individual race placing’s.

After all the activities in Penang, tomorrow (Thursday) the fleet move onto the third and final passage race to Langkawi. The unstable weather conditions will continue and make the crucial 52nm race, all that more difficult and an additional bearing on the overall results.

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