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Racing Day 2 – 7th January 2009

With winds about 15 knots from the NE, courses were set for the second day of racing in the outer waters of Langkawi Island. It was a brilliant day giving full appreciation for the beauty of sailing in this spectacular setting.

With winds about 15 knots from the NE, courses were set for the second day of racing in the outer waters of Langkawi Island. It was a brilliant day giving full appreciation for the beauty of sailing in this spectacular setting.

Perhaps then, the folk aboard JELIK could be forgiven for sightseeing at the beautiful scenery while they ran up to the line. For, well into the start sequence for the Racing Class, JELIK managed to snag the Pin Buoy around their keel! Or perhaps they were just trying to be helpful – knowing that the Start Boat had been having troubles dragging anchor on the start line yesterday – and decided to reset the Pin Buoy to accommodate any drifting of the line today! The AP flag went up, and start was postponed while JELIK sent a diver into the water to extricate itself from the entanglement!

Subsequent starts seemed uneventful by comparison. Except for the Sports Boats, where keen competition had the rivals converging upon the line at the Start Boat end with a repeat of yesterday’s yelling matches thick with the energy of trying to score some room in the water for their boat to sail in. Somehow it all got sorted out and no protest flags were seen.

A couple of boats retired early on the upwind battle to the weather mark – BABY TONGA 99 exited the course without a headsail – was it the sail? Stay? Halyard? It looks like BEAUX ESPRITS thought BABY T was on to a good thing though, and also retired with an empty fore triangle. Later in the day, some sort of schmozzle at the windward mark between one of the Platu boats and YELLOW DRAGON sent the Longtze boat off to the locker room early too.

There was a bit of a shake up in the Premier Cruising Class 2nd Race positions as AQUAVIT V suffered with a spinnaker wrap on the finishing leg which put MATA HARI first over the line quite handily.

Also JANDI, which had trailed behind the other IRC boats in Race 1, set its purple spinnaker first around the windward mark and sprightly finished with the line honors.

All classes did 2 races today except Club Cruising. In that class BAD HABITS took line honors followed by RASCAL, AMANDLA STAR, and RUSALKA. Last of all – MY TOY crossed the line, well behind the finishers of all the other classes. Good on Ya for not giving up!

By: Tackin Jibe

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