Relive RLIR 2019Updated 103 days ago

Sailors forced to play the waiting game again in Langkawi

KUAH: It was another frustrating outing for the sailors at the Royal Langkawi International Regatta as they were made to play the waiting game for the second straight day.

Although the wind blew at a consistent speed of about seven knots at the start of the day to get the races off on time yesterday, it died down in the latter part – just as it did on the opening day. And this forced the organisers to shorten the race.

That spelt trouble for Australian Ray Roberts who, despite winning Race Two on Wednesday, slipped to fourth placing in Race Three after the keel of his Evolution Racing got caught to the anchor line of the pin boat.

Evolution Racing finishd behind Neil Pryde’s Hi Fi, Jelik 5 and EFG Bank Mandrake in the prestigious Racing class.

The lack of wind saw Race Four bit by a four-hour delay. But it turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Evolution Racing, who went on to finish first, ahead of EFG Bank Mandrake and Hi Fi.

Meanwhile, the Round-the-Island Race scheduled for today has been put off until the final day tomorrow due to the inconsistent wind conditions.

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