Relive RLIR 2020Updated 472 days ago

Royal Langkawi Regatta Day 4

After Thursday’s spectacular tour around the islands race, it was back to grinding out the results over three windward/leeward courses that were specially requested by the racing class.

It may seem strange to an outsider to increase the number of races, but when consideration is given to what it takes for owners to muster top crews and put together professional racing campaigns, it stands to reason that sailors at this level want to go out and race their boats to the max.

It must be noted that the race committee have been very accommodating to the sailors’ demands; ready to experiment with different suggestions to keep the regatta running smoothly and conform to the world class standards expected from them. History has shown that successful events need to evolve over time.

Once again, only seconds separated the podium places. Ray Roberts DK46 Quantum Racing (AUS) hung on in to claim two wins by a matter of seconds and Frank Pong’s R/P 75 Jelik triumphed in the third race as the fresh morning breeze began to fade.

With a 2-3-3 scoreline, Neil Pryde’s Welbourn 52 Hi-Fi took a tumble down to third overall, while Jelik’s 3,2,1 score put them on a charge to take over second overall. That leaves Quantum Racing on the top with a four point advantage with two races left to race. By no means unbeatable, but certainly within the comfort zone.

Two wins for Anthony Hastings Beneteau 53 Baby Tonga 99 Degrees East it coming back into contention, but holding onto two seventh places when they retired earlier in the week may seem an awesome task to achieve.

Two second places for Stuart Williamson’s Beneteau 34.7 Skandia Endeavour of Whitby keeps it firmly on the top of the scoreboard. Williamson will have to do something drastically wrong to give up this winning position.

Although Niels Degenkolw IOR 3/4 Ton Phoenix scored two third places, it has been relegated to third overall by the charging Baby Tonga.

Third and first places for Mike Van Zyl’s 24ft Jandi skippered by James Hardie it a four point overall lead in the three-boat class and a stranglehold on the IRC 1 class trophy.

Although Alan Rimington’s 32ft Atlantis Star triumphed in Race 6, it’s a case of coming a little too late in proceedings, but sure puts a smile on the faces of the Penang Swimming Club members.

Two second places for Jan Matthews Sunsail 35 brings that crew a bit closer to Atlantis Star in the overall stakes, but with only one race to go, may have to settle on third overall.

It was Longtze 3- Chrisargo skippered by Thomas Annica and Singapore’s SMU skippered by Zijie Lim turns to stand on top of the podium and improve their overall standings.

Adding a second place in Race 6 elevates SMU to second overall, as the Royal Malaysian Navy 1 skippered by Mohd Masyuri Rahmat is slipping down the order to be tied on points with SMU.

Third and second places for Gaetan Verhegee’s Longtze 2 – Exocet keeps them on the top of the table. As only three points separate them from SMU, they need to avoid any slipup’s in the final race today.

A change in the individual class order with SMU going to the fore. She is now tied with Navy 1 on top of the Platu 25 table with Gaetan Verhegee’s Longtze 2 – Exocet still leading the Longtze Class.

In the Club Cruising Class, Keith Garry’s 41ft BeauX Esprits completed a double whammy by winning Race 5. After dropping the retirement 7th place, she goes directly to the top of the pointscore.

A second place for Christopher Kingsley-Smith’s 41ft Amandla Star and third place for Des Kearns/Jerry Boelens 46ft Bad Habits has them tied on nine points. The two will have to fight it out for second and third overall.

In the Multihull class, seven wins in a row for Bob Brindley’s Whiteheavan 11.8 Xcatriot not only gives them a clean sheet, but raps up the series with a day to go.

Tim Milner’s 33ft Seekronghuk rebounded with two second places to secure second overall. After a troublesome week, Bill Webb’s 41ft Out of the Bag, had further damage to the steering system forcing them to retire for the day.

The final showdown is scheduled on Bass Harbour today.

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