Relive RLIR 2020Updated 467 days ago

Perfect start for Utarid as they stun HiFi on the first day

LANGKAWI: Malaysian Naval yacht Utarid got off to a perfect start after winning the first day of the premier Racing Class in the Royal Langkawi International Regatta here.

The team, skippered by Mohd Ishak Jab, clocked 59:19 to stun hot favourites HiFi of Hong Kong, who finished second in 1’00:52 and another Hong Kong vessel Jelik (1’01:23).

The race was delayed by seven hours due to slow winds, which proved to be a boon for the lighter boats, paving the way for Utarid to triumph against the bigger vessels like HiFi and Jelik.

The 37-year-old Ishak, a Navy officer, said that their strategy of minimising their mistakes in the short course race was the key to their winning start.

“The wind was slow and we had to make sure we didn’t make too many mistakes, which could have cost us precious time,” he said.

“All the boats were affected by the slow winds but the bigger ones suffered the most.”

“We’ll try to do better to finish in the top three tomorrow (today). We are ready to sail in any wind condition.”

HiFi skipper Neil Pryde of New Zealand was clearly frustrated with his team’s second placing.

“It was a frustrating start for us as we didn’t really get off … and we also made a mistake which cost us the win,” said Pryde.

“We had a technical problem during the race … it was a mistake that shouldn’t have happened. We were ill-prepared for it. We must bounce back and win the next race.”

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