Once again the fresh conditions provided close and exciting racing at the Royal Langkawi International Regatta and the more conservative sailors reefed the mainsail or carried small headsails.
The racing class yachts were fully powered up and launched themselves into two windward/leeward races that would either confirm they are in the running or off the pace.
Courses were set to seaward of the island group and the one metre swell had the boats easily up and planning on the downwind legs. Breakages once again forced some of yesterday’s winners to retire, which will hamper their progress up the leader board.
Frank Pong’s R/P 75 Jellico kicked up its heels in the fresh conditions and managed to hold its time on the hungry chasing pack to record two first and fastest time, to go directly to the top of the leader board.
Missing out by only a few seconds, Neil Pride’s Wellborn 52 Hi-If, in the hands of Kevin Costing (Cosine), has put in a great performance to score two second places today. The crew would desperately like to score a win before the boss comes on Friday.
Two third places for Ray Roberts and his DK46 Quantum Racing crew handed the overall lead to Jelik. Quantum Racing and Hi-Fi are presently tied on nine points each; the series is still wide open.
Two first places for Stuart Williamson and his crew on the Beneteau 34.7 Skandia Endeavour of Whitby has them taking a commanding five point lead in the overall pointscore.
Niels Degenkolw IOR 3/4 Ton Phoenix and Vincent Chan’s Titan 36 Mata Hari traded second places to be second and third respectively in the overall stakes.
After yesterday’s results, Anthony Hastings Beneteau 53 Baby Tonga 99 Degrees East was doing well, but hydraulic rigging failure forced them to retire from today’s racing and may put an end to their podium chances this year.
A third place in Race 3 for Helmut Schutte’s brand new Beneteau 45 Aquavit V has lifted spirits aboard as they grapple with fine tuning the new boat.
After conducting some running repairs, Mike Van Zyl’s 24ft Jandi, skippered by James Hardie, was back out in force to score two handicap wins, elevating them to the top of the IRC 1 class pointscore. Jan Matthews Sunsail 35 and Alan Rimington’s 32ft Atlantis Star from the Penang Swimming Club, traded second and third places today, to hold the respective places overall.
In the combined Sportsboat class, Gaetan Verhegee’s Longtze 2 – Exocet added another win to her tally, then dropped to sixth place in Race 4, but still hold a slender one point lead in the overall stakes.
Zijie Christopher Lim’s Singapore Management University SMU Team stepped up the pace, with second and first places to put the crew back into contention.
The Royal Malaysian Navy Platu 25 Navy 1, skippered by Mohd Masyuri Rahmat, has consistently scored podium places. Today’s third and second places them second overall, only one point adrift of the leaders.
An incident between two Longtze yachts resulted in one retiring, the incident presently in the hands of the International Jury to make a ruling. Gaetan Verhegee’s Longtze 2 – Exocet leads the individual Longtze Class and Mohd Masyuri Rahmat’s Navy 1 leads the Platu 25 Class.
Gavin Welman’s Hallberg Rassy 53, Rascal, came to the fore today with a resounding win in the Club Cruising Class. Second place for Christopher Kingsley-Smith’s 41ft Amandla Star puts them at the top of the leaderboard.
Third place for Kevan Perrin’s Oyster 435 Rusalka is an improvement, despite Perrin making it known to the whole fleet that he is lodging a protest against the Race Committee about the unfair handicaps.
After winning the two opening races, Keith Garry’s 41ft BeauX Esprits, ably skippered by Mia Gillow, had to retire with damage, relegating her down to third overall for the time being. Although a little up and down so far, Des Kearns 46ft Bad Habits clings onto second overall. There’s never a dull moment in this class!
In the Multihull class, Bob Brindley’s Whiteheavan 11.8 Xcatriot goes from strength to strength by adding second and first places to yesterdays two wins, creating an almost insurmountable lead in a three boat fleet.
A Race 3 win with a second in Race 4 puts Bill Webb’s 41ft Out of the Bag in second place overall in front of Tim Milner’s 33ft Seekronghuk, which has struggled with gear failure.
For the first time, a race around the southern islands is scheduled for today, Thursday. It should prove to be an interesting inclusion to the event.