Solid start on Day 1
Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood started off like they finished at the King’s Cup in December and despite over shooting the pin as the starting horn sounded, posted two daily doubles and take the lead in the IRC Racing class. Following close on their heel, Kevin Whitcraft’s defending champion TP52 THA 72 had to settle on two 2nd places and needs to find extra speed, to make up the one minute deficit. The Royal Malaysian Armed Forces Sail Association Farr 520 Zuhal, skippered by Norhafisam traded 3rd and 4th places with Dato Khalilur Rahman’s DK 46 Janda Baik skippered by Khairul Zakaria, to end up tied on 7 points, for 3rd overall.
Ten yachts on the IRC 1 start line, makes it crucial to get away in clear air and with speed. Despite some high powered challenges coming from Thailand, Vincent Chan’s Malaysian Team on his Titan 36 Mata Hari, came through to notch up two victories and serious intent on defending the title. The ding dong battle from last year continues, with Kazuki Kihara’s First 40.7 Char Chan missing out by only a few seconds, to post two 2nd places. The Russians on Alexey Mashkin’s Cookson 12m MegaZip, slipped into 3rd place in the first race and despite claiming line honours in both races, Scott Bradley’s Sydney 40 East Marine Emagine, has the highest IRC rating in the class and ended with a 4, 3 score line, to slot into 3rd overall.
Two victories for Niels Degenkolw’s, multiple RLIR winning X 3/4 ton Mk2 Phoenix puts them in a familiar position, at the top of the IRC 2 class. Jeremy Camps Impala 28 OOD The Blue Angel and Stuart Williamson’s First 34.7 APW Endeavour of Whitby, traded 2nd and 3rd places, to be tied on 5 points and fighting over 2nd overall.
Mixed results in the Sportsboat class, on the nippy one design Platu 25’s, ended with Rizal Mahadi Sazli (Tom) on the Royal Selangor Yacht Club Team, tied at the top with Muhd Uzzair Amin’s MSA Team on 4 points. Despite winning the first race, Harisfabillah’s Navy 1, came 4th in the next race, to end up in 3rd overall and only one point shy of the dueling leaders.
Although they travel at different speeds and other parts of the course, when the TCF handicaps are applied, John Newnham’s Twin Sharks, came out on top of Dan Fidock’s Moore 36 Fugazi, by 19 seconds in the first race and the placing’s reversed in the second race, by a little over a minute, to end up tied on three points and all to play for in the coming races. Bob McIntyre’s Stealth 13 Allegro followed in their wake, with two 3rd places, but well back of the pace.
The Malaysian Armed Forces Contessa 32 Marikh, skippered by Hasani Hassan claimed the daily double in the Club Cruising class, from five bigger yachts. Tong Jian Quan’s Slipper 42 YBC Atom slotted into 2nd place and relegated Keith Miller’s Harmony 38 Sade 2 to 3rd place, when the ratings were applied.
Although Datuk Richard Curtis’ 100 year old Bristol Pilot Cutter Eveline, finished over 30 minutes behind A’dale Adham Ayahudin’s Oyster 55 Chantique, when the handicaps were applied, Eveline comes in 9 seconds in front of Chantique, to claim the first Ocean Rover race this year.
Racing continues tomorrow in earnest and if the wind stays up, the outside courses maybe used.
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