LANGKAWI, 8 JANUARY 2019 – Sunny blue skies and wind conditions were in favour of sailing teams at the 17th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2019 today, with winds between 7 and 10 knots gusting at 17 knots, around the Kuah Bras Habour Course.
Emerging victorious in the Racing Class was non-other than Team Hollywood, skippered by Ray Roberts –at the top spot with a score of 2, and the team won both of the races, they participated in.
THA72, skippered by Kevin Whitcraft took on the second spot with a score of 4, while SCS Janda Baik, skippered by Mohd Khairul and Shahril Zakaria, secured the third place with a score of 7.
The top placed sailing team will win the Coveted Prime Minister’s Challenge Trophy (Racing class) upon an aggregated of best scores under this category, at the end of the week.
Principal Race Officer of the 17 th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2019, Simon James said good weather for today’s sailing made it possible for two races for all classes except Ocean Rover/ White Sail.
Tayfun Koksal, Regatta Director and General Manager of the Royal Langkawi Yacht Clubsaid as anticipated, Team Hollywood was a strong challenger in the Racing Class, winning the first two races on the opening day of the regatta.
“Additionally, in the IRC 1, Mata Hari KL Registry managed to fend off Char Chan in both races to become triumphant,’’ he said, adding this promises an exciting week of racing ahead.
The 17th Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) 2019 takes place in Kuah, Kedah between 8 and 12 January, 2019.
Organised by the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC), the RLIR 2019 saw 35 new entrants and the re-emergence of veteran sailors from 8 countries – Australia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, and Thailand. Malaysia is represented by 19 sailing boats.
Participating teams compete in seven classes such as the Racing Class, IRC 1, IRC 2, Sportsboat, Club Cruising, Multihull, and White Sail.
Trophies and awards include the coveted Prime Minister’s Challenge Trophy (Racing Class), the LADA-International Racing Class Challenge Trophy (IRC 1 Class), RLIR- International Racing Class Challenge Trophy (IRC 2 Class), the Commodore’s Challenge Cup (Club Cruising Class), Langkawi Sports Trophy (Sportsboat Class), as well as the Malaysia Multihull Challenge Cup (Multihull Class).
RLIR 2019 is organised in partnership with Tourism Malaysia, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia, the Malaysia Sailing Association and the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA).
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