The day started well with 12 to 15 knots and lumpy seas for race 5 held offshore from Langkawi. Unfortunately as the day wore on the breeze faded towards the end of race 5 and although a gallant effort was made to complete race 6 the race committee’s hands were forced to abandon the attempt due to a lack of wind.
The juggling of results has produced an interesting scenario with several boats in contention for class titles are tied on points at the top of the leader board. So it looks like we will be in for an exciting couple of days before the final results can be declared.
Frank Pong managed to sneak his 75ft R/P Jelik across the finish line before the wind faded to much and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Neil Pryde’s crew have spent most the series to date tweaking up the newly converted Welbourne 52 Hi Fi Team Pryde which finally paid dividends and scored second place today. Ray Roberts had to dig Quantum Racing out from a badly timed pin end start but recovered with third place to tie the score with Jelik on nine points at the top of the table.
The top three places in the combined IRC classes have generally been shared by Vincent Chan’s Titan 36 Matahari, Keith Dunn’s Mount Gay 30 Lunchcutter II and Neils Degenkolw’s X 3/4 tonner Phoenix to such an extent that after finishing race five in that order all three boats are tied on 11 points after five races. It can’t get much closer than this. In Premier Cruising class Keith Dunn’s Lunchcutter II leads Vincent Chan’s Matahari by one point. Neils Degenkolw’s Phoenix holds a commanding lead in the IRC 1 class with James Low and the Penang Swimming Clubs chartered Tag trailing in second overall.
Scott Duncanson extended the Phuket Sports 8 Raimon Land’s advantage by hammering home another win to become overall class leader. Second place in race 5 for Mohd Razali’s Navy 1 clearly makes them the best of the Platu 25’s and hold a slender one point overall advantage over Pierre Mas’ Longtze-Premier that has put them under allot of pressure to perform. After dipping down to fourth yesterday Teiki Ballian’s Thai International team rebounded with a win and lead the way in the under 25 youth pointscore.
Racing multihull (Firefly)
Roger Kingdon’s Moto Inzi came one step closer to defending last years title by beating the present leader Bill Phelps Twin Sharks by 39 seconds. Henry Kaye’s Mamba was fastest upwind to lead both times around the windward mark but lost out downwind to finish in third. Only 100 meters separated the three boats all race and in the end a mere 55 seconds separated first and third places.
Bob Brindley’s 39ft Xcatriot has the measure of the other two entrants to record their fourth win in a row. Greenville Fordham’s smaller 32ft IMAGE asia Ceberus have lifted their game to take second place and after revisiting the race rules have been awarded second overall. At 41ft Bernd Nordemann’s Twin Magic is the biggest catamaran racing here but after finishing over one hour behind the leader has been relegated to third place overall.
Club Cruising Class
After their surprise second place on day 1 John Ramsden’s Elan 44 Sofa So Good has never looked back and scored two wins on the trot to take the overall lead from Henning Lenz My Toy who could not finish in the fading breeze. Labbadi Gilles 36ft Eloise is churning up the waves to secure second place today and Chris Kingsley-Smith’s Amandla Star ably assisted by the New Straits Times journo KP Warren managed third place.
A debate is being stirred up about racing in the harbour or offshore. There is bigger current and waves outside plus when the wind dies out a second race cannot be completed versus flat water, less current and more wind for the second race. A vote amongst the racing skippers is presently being taken which may have a bearing on the final results. With several classes tied on points the next three races will determine the outcome which is expected to go down to the wire.
Written by Capt Marty Rijkuris