10:01:2013 Langkawi, Malaysia: Overnight the North Easterly pushed through and as there was 6 to 8 knots in the morning, PRO Simon James decided it was time the fleet went outside the harbour and raced some coastal courses. The entire fleet got away on time and the sun finally broke through the heavy overcast sky, that has prevailed since the beginning of the regatta. As the racing classes embarked on their second race the wind decided to slowly fade away resulting in the cruising courses to be shortened and an upset in the racing class.
Neil Pryde and his light weather optimised Welbourn 52 Hi Fi, excelled again today winning both races and even edged Frank Pong’s Jelik for line honours in the second race, to accumulate four wins in a row and an almost insurmountable lead in the Racing Class. Pong’s Jelik scored second place in the first race and although dropped down to sixth in the next race, still manages to hold onto second overall. Ben Copley’s RP45 Katsu snuck into third place in the first race and Steve Manning’s Sydney GTS 43 Walawala 2 plus the MAF DK 47 Uranus skippered by Mohd Razali Mansur into second and third places respectively in the second race, to make a change to the podium places but no significant change in the overall order. The MAF DK 47 Utarid skippered by Ishak bin Jab with a 6 and 4 scoreline holds onto third overall but is now tied with Manning’s Walawala 2 on 19 points and can’t afford any bad results with them breathing down their neck.
Niels Degenkolw’s IOR 3/4 Ton Xyacht Phoenix, continued on their winning ways with another win, making it four in a row and well on the way to defending the IRC 1 title. A change in the podium order today with John Kara’s Dehler 10.6m Skybird slotting into second place and Jeff Harris J92S Nijinsky into third but based on previous days results does not effect the overall standings which are reversed.
It was Calvin Lim’s Singapore Management University (SMU) turn to shine in the Sportsboat Class and with a 1, 2 scoreline holds onto third spot and is rapidly closing in on second overall. Mohd Masyuri’s ATM dipped to third in the first race but recovered with a win in the second race to still lead the class as the pointscore narrows in. Although Mohd. Faizal MYA/KFC started with a flurry, second and third places today keeps them in second overall but needs to stay on the pace if they want to make inroads on the leader. Mohd. Faizal MYA/KFC still leads the Under 25 class followed by Calvin Lim’s Singapore Management University (SMU) and Alister Rankin’s Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.
David Liddell’s Corsair C37RS Miss Saigon finally broke the stranglehold that Peter Wilcox’s Schionning Gforce 1500 Mojo has on the Multihull Racing class. Judging by the celebrations coming from the swimming pool this is a welcome relief after trailing the fleet all regatta but does not change the overall order. Andrew Stransky’s Seven Seas 50 Fantasia slots into third place in what ended up as a drifting competition.
After a day off, Greg McMaster’s Ivory Street claimed victory on the shortened course in the Multihull Premier class. George Kettering’s Vertical Time ghosted over the line for second place and although Malcolm Hone’s Prima Donna accepted third place instead of retiring, they still hold onto top spot in the pointscore.
No change in the order in the Bareboat Class. Rob Azzopardi’s Beneteau Oceanis 423 Dreamtime made it three wins out of three races. Wayne Bateman’s Marakot has a string of second places followed by Clive Manning’s Sunsail Rattana with all third places and in the same order in the overall stakes.
In the Club Cruiser class, Japan’s Yasuto Fuda Dehler 38 Fortissimo 8 came good with the daily double today and despite the first race disqualification elevates them into third overall. Brent McInnes Beneteau First 53/F5 Overdrive finally convinced the crew to fly the spinnaker which resulted in second place and climbs up into second overall. Third place for Kevin Gillow’s S&S 30 Poco keeps them on top of the table and as Henning Lenz 10.36m My Toy failed to finish drops them down to fourth overall after being tied for the lead yesterday.
After having a commanding lead in the first couple of races, only to be eclipsed in the handicap stakes, Simon Morris’ Staysail Schooner Sirius finally broke through today and claimed the daily double. Datuk Richard Curtis’ 100 year old Bristol Pilot Cutter Eveline struggled in the light conditions and settled on second place but still holds the lead in the Ocean Rover class. Once again late for the start, Tropical Charters/TC Gerrard’s Warisan Duyong could not make any headway and was awarded third place for their efforts.
At the end of the day a little over one minute separated Adale’s Oyster 55 Chantique skippered by Hakim A. Klunker and Graham Tuckey’s Optoloi but as they have the same handicap the result and the overall order stays the same in the new White Sails class.
Racing continues tomorrow and depending on the wind in the morning whether racing will be outside or inside the harbour.