LANGKAWI, 14 January 2015. – It was the end of the line for the entry from the Malaysian Sailing Association, MSA, as strong winds and choppy seas on the coastal course resulted in the first casualty on Race Day 2 of the 13th Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) 2015.
A broken mast on MSA took them out of the RLIR 2015. According to skipper Nur Elia Anuar, the crew headed out for some practice drills but even before the class flags were posted for the courses of the first race, the mast broke in half.
“We were just checking our boat but as we went upwind, the mast broke. It is very disappointing because the crew and I were all geared up for today. I’m happy that we won the first race on Tuesday but because we did not finish the second one, we were looking to catch up,” said Nur Elia.
Citing the rough seas and strong winds, Nur Elia added, “The winds were strong yesterday and felt even stronger today. The boat was pressured by the rough waves, and we’re using an old boat which, I was told, had experienced various problems in last year’s regatta here.”
MSA may have ended its run at the RLIR 2015 but the crew are raring to go and are on the lookout for other boats to sail on.