Relive RLIR 2020Updated 468 days ago

Langkawi Regatta Day 1

Fifteen knots of wind, gusting to 20, sent the fleet on their way to easily complete two races in picturesque Bass Harbour on the first day of racing and this was a welcome sight for the organisers and sailors, as earlier predictions had much lighter breezes at the beginning of the week.

The day was not without its problems though, as several boats had breakages, which forced them to retire from racing and make urgent repairs to enable them to get back out tomorrow.

Racing is tight at the top. Although Frank Pong’s R/P 75 Jelik streaked away at the front of the fleet, it was Ray Roberts DK46 Quantum Racing that hung on in to take Race 1 handicap honours by a mere two seconds from Neil Pryde’s Welbourn 52 Hi-Fi, leaving Jelik only thirty seconds adrift in third place.

Peter Ahern’s Farr 40 YO!2 took the honours in race 2 and once again a mere 17 seconds separated first and second places with Quantum Racing filling the gap. Just a good sneeze away Hi-Fi claimed third place, only 24 seconds off the leaders pace.

These results give Quantum Racing a slight edge in the overall score with YO!2 and Hi-Fi tied for second place. However, it is early days and with the tight timings, the pendulum can swing either way as the regatta progresses.

The same can be said about the Premier Cruising class. Anthony Hastings Beneteau 53 Baby Tonga 99 Degrees East, being the biggest yacht in the class, galloped away at the front of the fleet, but after handicaps were applied Stuart Williamson’s Beneteau 34.7 Skandia Endeavour of Whitby came out the winner of Race 1.

Niels Degenkolw’s IOR 3/4 Ton Phoenix slotted into second place, relegating Baby Tonga to third place. The tables were turned in Race 2, with Baby Tonga 99 Degrees East holding on to take out the daily double with Skandia Endeavour of Whitby in second place. Phoenix slotted into third place which leaves Skandia Endeavour of Whitby in the lead on the Overall stakes with Baby Tonga close behind in second and Phoenix in third overall.

In the IRC 1 class, Mike Van Zyl’s 24ft Jandi skippered by James Hardie started the day well, winning Race 1, but had to retire from Race 2, which dropped them down the order.

Alan Rimington’s 32ft Atlantis Star from the Penang Swimming Club scored two second places to level out in second overall. Jan Matthews Sunsail 35 took over from where Jandi left off, with a first in Race 2 ,which takes them to the top of the overall pointscore.

In the combined Sportsboat class, Gaetan Verhegee’s Longtze 2 – Exocet launched to the top of the pointscore with two well timed first places.

Thomas Annica’s Longtze 3 – Chrisargo took second place in Race 1, but along with Thierry Barot’s Longtze 1 Yellow Dragon, retired with a broken rudder to have a disappointing day.

The Royal Malaysian Navy Platu 25 Navy 1 skippered by Mohd Masyuri Rahmat did the best of the rest with third and second places to claim second overall. Zijie Lim’s Singapore Management University SMU Team, third placed in Race 2, helped slot them into third overall by the end of the day. The same order applies to the individual Longtze and Platu class results.

Keith Garry’s 41ft BeauX Esprits, ably skippered by Mia Gillow in his absence, won both races to go immediately to the top of the Club Cruising Class overall pointscore.

Christopher Kingsley-Smith’s 41ft Amandla Star and Des Kearns 46ft Bad Habit traded second and third places in the two races held today to be tied on points for second overall. Several boats incurred damage forcing them to retire from the races.

A high rate of attrition in the Multihull class as Bob Brindley’s Whiteheavan 11.8 Xcatriot won both races today.

Bill Webb’s 41ft Out of the Bag was the first one on the radio to retire before they got to the top mark because the hydraulic steering broke. Then Tim Milner’s 33ft Seekronghuk suffered broken halyards during the first race, but some quick mouse-work and rerunning had them back out on the course in time to score second place in Race 2.

The race program has been set with racing to either take place in Bass Harbour or outside in the open sea to the east of the main island. Am around the southern islands race has been scheduled for Thursday, the first time such an attempt has been tried – it should prove to be an interesting experiment.

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