Race Day 3 started sunny with few light clouds but building up. Three races were planned around the island course, and all vessels were on race 4 of this regatta.
The first race involving the Racing Class, which started on time at 09:35 with a 5-6 knot wind direction varying between 030 and 050 degrees. A last-minute change of the start order was necessary because of late arrivals at the start line, and the Multihull class was sent off. Finally at 09:45, the other classes crossed the start line: IRC1, IRC2, Club, and Ocean Rover.
While the clouds were building up, the winds speed fluctuated between 5 and 9 knots, until the rain started at 12:30. By that time, the forecast was showing 2 patches of rain with 60% precipitation on 81% of the race area with a North West fluctuating wind. The wind died down to 1.3 knots at Gate 2 on the South East side of Pulau Singa Besar, and no wind in between the islands to return on course 21. The Principal Race Officer, Simon James, then finished races at Gate 2 for all classes except for Racing class.
However, the boats in Ocean Rover class, in a spirit of good sportsmanship, insisted on finishing at Gate 2 instead of using the calculation of Gate 1. Race 4 for Ocean Rovers wrapped up the day at 15:54.
The Racing Class vessels were on course 22, and it was fair to hope for better win on that path. Unfortunately, the wind was just about absent and the end of that race was somewhat agonizing until the last one crossed the finish line at 15:44.
In the Racing Class, although Alive skippered by Duncan Hine and THA72 with Tom & Kevin Whitcraft crossed the finish line respectively in front of Uranus skippered by Salleh Ahmad, Uranus finished 1st and THA72 ended 2nd, after the handicap applied. Malaysian team Zuhal, led by skipper Hairolnizam Hat, landed 3rd place.
In IRC1 class, the winner of Race 4 was Malaysian team Mata Hari skippered by Vincent Chan who is continuing to lead. Japanese team Char Chan finished 2nd. Although Meraki crossed the line 1st, they landed at 3rd place once the handicap was applied.
In Race 4 for IRC2 Class, Phoenix continued their dominance at first place, but RSYC Nijinsky, skippered by Amir Zohri Abdul Rahim, offered an excellent performance to grab 2nd place. Old Pulteney Blue Angel, which came 2nd in the last 3 races, ended in 3rd place.
As for the Multihull Class, competition between the Austrian vessel Fetz Ma and the Singaporean vessel Tantrum Too is heating up. In Race 4, skipper Gerhard Pils leading the Fetz Ma team to finish 1st while skipper Robert Van Paridon finished 2nd with Tantrum Too. Each of these vessels now have two 1st and two 2nd places each in this regatta. Allegro, skippered by Bob McIntyre, finished 3rd in the Multihull class. Lady Alla, led by skipper Andrei Arbuzov, had retired.
In Race 4 for Club class, the Japanese vessel Fortissimo X came up top with skipper Yasuto Fuda and his team, while New Zealand vessel Sophia also emerged 2nd place.
Finally, in Race 4 for Ocean Rover class, in a show of sportsmanship, Chantique finished first with skippered by Malayian A’dale Adham Ayahudin. This makes their 3rd win of this regatta.
Meanwhile, the winner of Race 1 Linda skippered by Woodrow Jack Christensen ended up in 2nd place with French vessel Indulgence skippered by Bernard Di Tullio for 3rd position.
While today was forecasting better winds, let’s hope tomorrow will hold true with good sailing conditions.