The Evolution Racing emerged the champion again for the sixth time in the Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2011. The Australian team, which had been preparing for the annual sailing competition, was thrilled that their hard work had been paid off. “We get lucky every time when we come to Langkawi,” said trimmer Tim Davis after the last race.
Hi Fi won the second place, followed by EFG Bank Mandrake of Hong Kong in the Racing class. Katsu, which won the first place in the IRC1 class, also walked away the Lada Challenge Trophy, while Phoenix took home the first prize in the IRC2 class. Team ViewPoint, which was crowned the first place in the Sports Boat class, also won the Langkawi Sports Trophy. Andaman Cabriolet Nina won the Malaysia Multihull Challenge Trophy.
Described as the “best” sailing day of the regatta, the sailors managed to do three races one after another. They were all geared up for the final day of the sailing competition as they tried to barge their way in to the start line during the races, leaving very little space in between the boats. As soon as the Race Committee signaled the start of the race, they formed a beautiful straight line when they sailed off on full speed as they took on the Kuah Harbour course.
The weather conditions improved significantly today, with the wind reached up to 11 knots today. Davis said the races were good as there was no long wait in between the races. However, some sailors were disappointed that they didn’t get to do the round-the-island race. The Race Committee had to cancel the round-the-island race due to a lack of wind.
First-time participant Taiwan Aletheia University of Sportsboat class was glad that it took part in this year’s regatta and was looking forward to more sailing in Malaysia in the future. Everyone had a great time at the closing ceremony of the regatta. There were also fireworks at the Kuah Harbour, marking the end of the successful sailing competition. Royal Langkawi Yacht Club general manager Ahmad Zailani Bashah said the next regatta, which is the 10th anniversary, was set to be bigger and better. The organising committee said there would be more boats involved, challenging courses and good parties at night.
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By E. L. Tan