This Friday morning was mostly cloudy and did not bring the wind conditions forecasted, leaving all participants on standby in the comfort of the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club.
Principal Race Officer Simon James and his team patiently waited on the start boat PA50 provided by the Malaysian Police, until finding enough wind to launch Race 5 for each category at 14:05.
By then, the winds had picked up blowing with 5-8 knots at 100-120 degrees which allowed for reasonable races in the Kuah Harbour Area.
All races had a clear start on 4 different courses.
Nevertheless, only one race was held since there was not enough time to hold another activity before the cut off time of 17:00.
The day was called when the last vessel entered the finish line at 16:00 hours.
While this being the Race 5, the overall score of each team is calculated on the best 4 results (hence dropping the worst result).
Let us start with the Racing Class where Australian skippers Tom & Kevin Whitcraft finished 1st on THA72 to consolidate a 3 points advantage on the overall score over Uranus, skippered by Salleh Ahmad.
Although Alive, skippered by Australian Duncan Hine, finished 2nd in this Race 5, overall they are 3rd place with 5 points behind Uranus.
In IRC1 the heat is on between Malaysian yacht Mata Hari and Japanese yacht Char Chan.
Malaysian Skipper Vincent Chan on Mata Hari finished 1st in Race 5 (after application of the handicap) and secured one advantage point in the overall score over Char Chan, even though the Japanese team led by Kazuki Kihara finished Race 5 two seconds ahead of Mata Hari.
The competition between these 2 teams tomorrow promises a good show.
Phoenix led by skipper Niels Degenkolw took the 1st place in IRC 2 class, ahead of Old Pulteney Blue Angel skippered by Jeremy Camps to comfortably secure a 1st place overall with 4 points.
Meraki led by skipper Geoff Masters is 3rd in overall points.
As for the Multihull Class, the competition between Fetz Ma and Tantrum Too is brewing.
These two team have been switching 1st and 2nd place with each other at each race.
In Race 5, skipper Gerhard Pils led Fetz Ma to secure 1st place win with only 36 seconds ahead of Tantrum Too skippered by Rober Van Paridon.
Fetz Ma is now overall 1 point ahead of Tantrum Too. At 3rd place overall is Allegro skippered by Bob McIntyre.
In the Club class, in Race 5, Japanese team Fortissimo X and skipper Yasuto Fuda finished 1st for a second time in a row, bringing their overall score only 2 points behind the leading team Southern Breeze 3 from Russia skippered by Stas Pechenkin.
Malaysian team VG Offshore led by Rama Menon offered their best rank since the start of this regatta with a 2nd place in Race 5.
Finally, in the Ocean Rover class, Race 5, the leader overall Chantique finished 3rd leaving 1st place to Linda skippered by Woodrow Jack Christensen whom are now in 2nd place overall with only 1 point from first place overall Chantique.
French team Indulgence, skippered by Bernard Di Tullio, finished Race 5 in 2nd place and are 3rd overall.
See you all tomorrow for the last day of activities.
Hot competitions to watch for 1st overall places tomorrow: