Race Day 4 of the 15th RLIR has seen the return of the wind, after yesterday’s race cancelations. The day started with clear skies, decent tides and most importantly, strong winds. The races for the day took place offshore out in open waters, a first for this year’s Regatta, after the previous races taking place solely in Kuah Harbor. The area for the course was large and to the west of The Yacht Club with a few mountains in range which allowed for more wind flow.
Wind speeds for the day were strong. Winds were varying from 3-6 knots at 35 degrees between 0930 and 1100. By 1115 hours, wind speeds began to die out, which led to some races being postponed but subsequently picked up at 1150 hours and carried on strong for the remainder of the day.
Every class was given two races for the day, except for the Ocean Rover and White Sail classes which were only given one race each for the day.
Once again the Racing class kicked off the day’s races, with Race 5 starting at 0940. It was a fast start, a result of optimal wind conditions, with tight competition between Thai team, THA72 lead by skipper Don Whitcraft and Hong Kong boat, Black Bazza, led by Bristish skipper Steve Manning, in first and second place respectively.
THA72 won both of their races for the day putting them at the top of the racing class scoreboard with 2 points. Australian team Oi!, and Emagine were the runners up in Race 5 and 6 respectively; and Black Bazza coming in third in both races, leaving all three teams tied for second place with 6 points each.
In the IRC1 class, local team Mata Hari KL Registry, helmed by skipper Vincent Chan dominated both races of the day, winning both and sitting comfortably at the top of the scoreboard with 2 points. Fellow Malaysian team Insanity was the runner up in both races and sits in second place on the scoreboard with 4 points.
In the IRC2 class, Danish skipper Niels Degenkolw has won both of his races with his Malaysian vessel, Phoenix, netting 2 points for the day and putting themselves in a comfortable lead at the top of the scoreboard.
Malaysian vessel Old Pulteney Blue Angel, led by British skipper Jeremy Camps and Papua New Guinea team, Sailescapes Fargo Ladies, led by British skipper Liz Schoch were the runners up in Race 5 and 6 respectively. The two are currently tied for second place on the scoreboard with 5 points each.
The Multihull class were given two races today, both being won by Singaporean vessel, Tantrum Too, led by Dutch skipper Robert Van Paridon, with Austrian team Fetz Ma coming in second in both races. Tantrum Too tops the scoreboard for the day with 2 points, followed by Fetz Ma with 4.
The Sportsboat class were given two races for the day, with Race 5 starting at 1005 hours and Race 6 starting at 1140 hours. Race 5 was won by local team RSYC led by skipper Rizal Mahadi Sazili, while Race 6 was won by Burapha University Sailing Team from Thailand, led by skipper Puvich Chanyim, marking the first win for newcomers. Second place for both races was taken by Thai vessel, Pine-Pacific, led by skipper Ithinai Yingsiri.
On the scoreboard, Pine Pacific is on top with 4 points, followed by Burapha University Sailing Team and RSYC, who are tied for second with 7 points each; a result of the two coming in sixth place in Race 5 and 6 respectively.
For the first time this Regatta, the Club class was given two races for the day. Both were won by local skipper and boat Rama Menon in the VG Offshore, netting them 2 points and putting them at the top of the scoreboard.
The Ocean Rover class race was also won by a local skipper and boat, Fabian Fernandez in the Freedom 12, who continues his winning streak from the start of the week. A great start for the newcomer.
Race 3 in the White Sail class was once again won by skipper John Ormston in his boat Invictas Reward who also continues his winning streak from the start of the week.
Race Day 4 of the 15th Royal Langkawi International Regatta has brought great sailing and we’re anticipating much more to come with tomorrow’s final day of racing.