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Race Day 5 – 14 January 2012

At last, the race courses set in Bass Harbor for the final day of racing of the 10th annual Royal Langkawi International Regatta were graced with sunshine and easy winds. The bright sunny morning highlighted the sails of the competitors arriving at the starting venue as they readied themselves for the last day of competition. The surrounding background hills of beautiful Langkawi glowed in splendid green tropical splendor. All 36 boats were out on the course today, experiencing winds about 7 to 10 Knots from a ENE direction again. All marks were set accordingly.

Racing got underway at 9:30am and all classes took their starts cleanly. BAIANA (Joao Hennings) was the tail end all Charlie crossing the line. After that it was business as usual aboard the boats on the course and business as usual aboard the media boats and the Committee boats as well.

Again, with several fleets using the same course there were boats rounding marks and boats going downwind mixed with boats still on their windward legs. All that got sorted out at the finish line with JING JING (Rick Pointon) sliding across for first to finish in IRC 1, and JELIK 2 (Frank Pong) crossing first for the Racing Class. First to finish across the line for IRC 2 was SKANDIA (Stuart Williamson), while FANTASIA (Andrew Stransky) took the honor for the Multihull fleet. SMYSTERY (Charles Hay) did the same for Club Cruising, MY TOY (Henning Lenz) for the Ocean Rovers, and ATM (Mhmd. Masyuri B. Rahmat) for the Sports Boats where competition was very keen, the first 3 boats finishing within 2 seconds of each other! The spectators and media were really happy to be getting such sparkling, dramatic photos of all the boats this morning.

A second round of starts began at 11:30 for Racing, IRC 1, IRC 2 and the Multihulls. These races carried on into the early afternoon, with the winds actually increasing a bit, keeping all the crews on their toes not only on the starting line, but setting and dousing spinnakers at the rounding marks. The top of all that action saw JELIK finishing first across the line in Racing Class, KATSU (Ben Copely) in IRC 1, SKANDIA in IRC 2, and again FANTASIA for the Multihulls.

A third start for the IRC 1 class put those 5 boats at a clean beginning for another workout on course 1. Thankfully, afternoon winds were holding at about 8-10 Knots. – was the lucky boat (or the hardest worker?) to take line honors in that race. All official results with corrected times can be found at www.langkawi regatta.com at the Results Tab.

It was a brilliantly beautiful day giving full appreciation for the beauty of sailing in this spectacular setting. Good Luck to all the racers on all their racing this year and we would welcome your participation in 2013. See you then!

By Beth Liggett

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