Practice Day 7th January 2013

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Today kicks off the 11th Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) with several activities, including official Registration, sail measurement, skipper’s briefing and a dignitary, yacht skipper and race officials cocktail reception. Racing yachts will be arriving from locations all around Asia and clearing in to Malaysia with the Royal Malaysian Customs and Immigration representatives set up at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club. Classes of races will be assigned and berths will be allocated.

 

The Principal Race Officer (PRO), Simon James, will be out in Bass Harbor coaching his Sea Management Team on laying courses and setting marks. The Sea Management Team is comprised of volunteers from many countries including Malaysia and each possesses a different level of experience in yachting and yacht racing. Under the PRO's guidance, they will establish exact courses, record starts and finishes, and generally ensure that the racing yachts enjoy a successful and exciting Regatta.

The yachts are offered an opportunity to 'practice' on Bass Harbor and acquaint themselves with the intricacies and tactics of the PRO and his Sea Management Team. At the same time, the racers can sample the conditions of Bass Harbor itself, and develop their own tactics according to different competitors and sea conditions.

 

Back at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, activity will be underway to ready the Club for the various functions which will follow each days racing. Student staff are brought in to help cater to and serve the multitude of yachtsmen who will descend on the club each evening. Under the experienced and watchful eye of the Royal Langkaw Yacht Club's General Manager and RLIR Technical Director, Ahmad Zailani Bashah, sumptuous dinners will be prepared, the awards presentations each evening will be rehearsed and the Club will be festooned with banners and flags to welcome and greet the many yachtsmen, race officials and dignitaries arriving for the Regatta.

On the water, winds were light but kicked in out of the Southwest in time to get some practice sails in and some 20 yachts showed up to work out any kinks with crew or gear.

Tomorrow, 8 Jan 2013, the real fun begins with all the excitement and fascination of World Class International Yacht Racing on Race Day One of the 11th Royal Langkawi International Regatta.