The Final Curtain
Today sees the final curtain come down on the 11th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2013. But not yet!
We still have some racing to do and with blue skies, a fresh breeze and 40 yachts eager for one more shot at that heart-pounding sound of the finish horn, we're going to do just that!
For his grand finale, the PRO has once again brought his team into the calm and expansive waters of Bass Harbor. There amongst the fish farms, tourist boats and longtails, the racing yachtsmen will get a last romp to the windward mark and the final horn, putting a cap on a marvelous week of intense and exciting International Yacht Racing!
The race sequence for Race One commenced an hour late to allow a fluky breeze to fill in a little and settle down. As it was, the race started with 5 to 6 knots of Northeast breeze which was holding steady.
The Racing Class set off down the course with KATSU first out and in pursuit of that black buoy which was the windward mark exactly one mile away, but again JELIK trumped the day and was there to take the first finish horn. HI FI was next, but she had the times to actually be put in the lead for the Racing Class.
CABARET 6 led a widely dispersed fleet of IRC yachts onto the course and SMU jumped out in front of a strangely subdued flock of PLATU’s. SMU’s port tack tactics didn’t quite work, however, and MYA/KFC brought them home. PHOENIX prevailed in the IRC and took the coveted horn.
VERTICAL TIME was a clear leader of the multihulls but it’s a mystery why SMYSTERY strayed over the line and gave FORTISSIMO the lead for the Club Cruisers. OPTOLOI was first for the Rover/White Sails in a start which verged on a recall, it was so close to the line, but he managed to squeak by. With the other classes on longer courses, Race Two was called for the Racing Class and IRC.
Race Two was held with an absent HI FI and a significant wind shift to the East. A new windward mark was laid one mile up the new course and the Racing Class and IRC yachts were flagged off in a fresh 6 to 8 knot breeze. UTARID was on form to lead the racers away and NIJINSKI took the start honors by a bowsprit in a tightly packed IRC start. JELIK and PHOENIX again reigned supreme on the other end of the line.
When most of the yachts had returned, another race was called for multihulls only. They were to sail one lap around the Windward/Leeward course. The AP flag was dropped; the multihulls were sent off with FANTASIA taking the lead and they returned with MOJO winning the day.
And so, we drop the final curtain on another very successful and thoroughly enjoyable Regatta. An excellent effort was put forth by all those involved in the regatta-the competitors, the race committee, the volunteers, the officials and the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club. Their enthusiasm and hard work was evident in producing a brilliant 11th International Regatta full of challenge, excitement and glorious sailing. We are all looking forward to next year and the 12th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2014.
13 - 18 JAN 2014
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