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HiFi hopes to find right note

In the absence of last year’s Prime Minister Challenge Trophy winner Hooligan of Australia, the Hong Kong-registered yacht HiFi will start as the favourites when the 11th Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) unfurls its sails tomorrow.

Runners-up last year, HiFi, skippered by Neil Pryde, are regulars, but have never won the top prize.

They can expect a stiff challenge in the Racing Class of the Asian racing calendar’s first regatta of the year from the likes of reigning King’s Cup Phuket champs Jelik and Aussie entrants Walawala 2 and Katsu.

Forty three yachts from around the world will be contesting in nine categories – the Racing Class, IRC 1, IRC 2, Sports Boats, Multihull, Premier Cruising, Club Cruising, Ocean Rover and White Club Sails, during the four-day competition.

The RLIR technical chairman Ahmad Zailani Bashah is hoping for favourable wind conditions throughout the regatta.

“The wind speed in the sea around Langkawi usually fluctuates between 8 to 20 knots in January and we are hoping for the conditions to remain good for sailing.”

“To test the sailors in different conditions, the races will take place in flat waters near the Kuah Harbour area, as well as choppy waters further away from the shore,” explained Zailani.

The Malaysian challenge in RLIR will be spearheaded by the Royal Malaysian Navy entrants Uranus (skippered by Mohd Razali Mansur) and Utarid (Ishak Jab).

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