Fugazi sets new Round the Islands Record…
Winning the mass start from the committee boat end, Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood also took off like a cut snake, with spinnaker flying and in clear air, to complete the course in 02:21:07 and notch up their 6th victory in the IRC Racing class, as well as place one hand on the Prime Minister’s Challenge Trophy. Not far behind but out of reach of eclipsing Team Hollywood in the handicap stakes, Kevin Whitcraft’s TP52 THA 72 has strung together a row of 2nd places and is still determined as ever to succeed. The Royal Malaysian Armed Forces DK47 Uranus skippered by Mohd Masyuri slotted into 3rd place, while Dato Khalilur Rahman’s DK 46 Janda Baik skippered by Khairul Zakaria came from behind to take 4th and relegate the fast finishing Farr 520 Zuhal, skippered by Norhafisam to 5th place.
Needing longer courses for a chance at beating the lower IRC rating boats, Scott Bradley’s Sydney 40 East Marine Emagine, took advantage of being able to stretch their legs and hammered home the daily double in the IRC 1 class and close in on a podium place. After yesterdays two wins, the Russians on Alexey Mashkin’s Cookson 12m MegaZip, followed through with 2nd place and climb up into 2nd overall, thereby relegating the Japanese on Kazuki Kihara’s First 40.7 Char Chan to 3rd overall, after hitting the rocks. Third place for Vincent Chan’s Malaysian Team on his Titan 36 Mata Hari, keeps them at the top of the of the table by three points and has to keep a keen eye on what’s going on behind them, as this class is still very open for the taking.
Still seething from yesterdays mistake, Stuart Williamson’s First 34.7 APW Endeavour of Whitby, made up for it by winning the race and taking over top spot in the IRC 2 class. Jeremy Camps Impala 28 OOD The Blue Angel made the most out of the becalmed spot between the islands and scored 2nd place. While Niels Degenkolw’s X 3/4 ton Mk2 Phoenix, could only watch on and had to settle on 3rd place plus get relegated to 2nd overall. Richard Morris Schock 35 Salina enjoyed the stiff breeze and led for some of the race but having the highest IRC rating, dropped them back to 4th place.
For the first time the Sports boat class also competed in the Round the Islands race. The rich keep getting richer, as Muhd Uzzair Amin’s MSA Team posted another win and extend their lead to five points over 2nd placed Harisfabillah’s Navy 1. Third place for Rizal Mahadi Sazli (Tom) Royal Selangor Yacht Club Team, breaks the tie with Navy 1 in 2nd place and will have to go harder, if they are to improve beyond 3rd overall.
While Dan Fidock’s Moore 36 Fugazi streaked away and broke the race record, John Newnham’s Twin Sharks, was in amongst the TP52’s but just as they were overhauling Team Hollywood on the home stretch, the mainsail parted company at the headboard and subsequently forced to retire from the race. Bob McIntyre’s Stealth 13 Allegro gets bumped up to 2nd place but still in 3rd overall.
After a slow start to the regatta, Rama Menon’s Dehler 38 VG Offshore, has steadily improved and triumphed today with the daily double, to take over 2nd overall and tied on 12 points, with the Malaysian Armed Forces Contessa 32 Marikh, skippered by Hasani Hassan, in the Club Cruising class. Second place for Tristram Denyer’s Baveria 37 Iseulta is enough to keep them at the top of the table, with a four point cushion over VG Offshore. Keith Miller’s Harmony 38 Sade 2 enjoyed the brisk conditions, to slot into 3rd place and break away from being tied with Tong Jian Quan’s Slipper 42 YBC Atom in 5th overall.
Another win for A’dale Adham Ayahudin’s Oyster 55 Chantique, and they are well on the way to honouring the passing of legendary crew member KP Waran by winning the Ocean Rover class. Second place for Datuk Richard Curtis’ 100 year old Bristol Pilot Cutter Eveline, keeps them in 2nd overall, as Jack Christensen’s Bavaria 49 Linda, was disqualified for not going through the gate, after leading on time in the provisional results.
Racing continues tomorrow, as the brisk conditions are expected to continue, we can guarantee some more thrills and spills on the race course and on the result sheets.
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