Raja Muda Regatta – AY Race Report 4


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AY Race Report 4

2016/17 AY Grand Prix Event

Wind gods shine on the Penang Langkawi race…
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
25th Nov 2016: Three quarters of an hour before the scheduled start time, the sea was flat calm and no sign of any wind. A few ruffles appeared from the West, that quickly filled in and by start time the wind gauges were registering 5 to 8 knots. Then it was on, for young and old. An obscure start line for the course, saw a couple of skippers pull off daring port tack starts, that paid handsomely. Half way to Langkawi the breeze faded as storm clouds were building overland and finally delivered over 20 knots from the North East. The IRC Racers came home with speed and judging from the comments at the bar, the race was very tactical, keeping everyone thinking and rewarded the ones that played the right cards. That’s why, they keep coming back year after year.


After breaking away from a tussle with Kevin Whitcraft’s TP52 THA 72, Sarab Singh guided his Welbourn 52 Windsikher II past THA 72 and claimed line honours, with an elapsed time of 6:36:42 for the 52nm race. Proving that THA 72 is beatable in these conditions. Staying a little to the right of the rhumb line, Steve Manning’s Ker 42 Black Baza came in on a hotter angle, to claim the handicap honours and close in on the leaders in the overall stakes. Second place for Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth’s Sydney GTS 43 Mandrake II in front of Singh’s Windsikher II in third, makes it a three way fight for the prestigious Raja Muda Cup, with four scheduled harbour races to go.

Geoff Hill’s Smith 72 Antipodes pulled off a daring Port tack start, to lead the Premier Cruisers off the line. Andrew Cocks Simonis Voogd 56 Starlight slightly mistimed the Port approach and were forced to tack by the Malaysian Armed Forces Farr 520 Zuhal skippered by Mohd Masyuri on Starboard. Zuhal is improving with every race and by claiming the daily double, go directly to the top of the leaderboard and relegate Hill’s Antipodes to second overall. Second place for Cocks Starlight also closes in on the points and the stage is set for an exciting shootout in the final races.

Textbook racing with speed, has earned David Fuller’s Beneteau 44.7 Fujin, five bullets in a row and has all but sewn up the IRC Class 3 title in style. Second place for Craig Douglas Beneteau 47 Popeye promotes them to second overall, while John Kara’s Beneteau First 45 Insanity slips to third. Third place for Jeff Harris’ J 92S Nijinski and the juggling of results, has Popeye, Insanity and Nijinski separated by only two points and the fight is on for the minor placing’s.

Another win for Chris Mitchell’s Naut 40 Lady Bubbly extends their lead in the Cruising Class. Two second places, in as many days for Arne Hayn’s Dehler 34 Delite confirms third overall and if they continue in this vein can go one better. Never finishing worse than third, Rama’s Dehler 34 V.G.Offshore clings onto second overall, with a lot work to catch the leader and also fend off Delite’s advances.

Victory for Dato Richard Curtis’ 100 year old Bristol Pilot Cutter Eveline, skippered by Trevor Richards bounces them up to second overall and tied on 11 points with Simon Read’s Beneteau 350 Aeolus XC in third. Second place for Jeremy Camps Impala 28 Old Pulteney Blue Angel keeps them on top of the Classic Cruising Class but will have to keep an eye on, rapidly advancing Eveline in the remaining races.

The next two days of harbour racing in Langkawi are very crucial, to the eventual outcome. It’s make or break time and like all marathons, the final stretch to the finish is the most demanding and needs to be handled with care and precision.

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