LANGKAWI, 13 January. – Simon James, the PRO set Race 3 and Race 4 for the 14th Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) 2016 as Race Day 2 dawned with clear bright blue skies, no clouds and a steady breeze of 8-10 knots out of the NE. Perfect racing conditions here on Kuah Harbour.
The IRC-2 and Sport Boats were set on a course with a few more twists and turns than usual to hold their attention while the Multihulls and Cruising yachts set off on another course, just to mix it up a little.
The Racing Class was flagged off at 9.30am, all six taking off in a tight bunch with Alive slightly ahead but three laps of the windward/leeward course later, Oi! crossed the finish line first, followed by Millenium Racing and Alive.
Millenium Racing turned the tables on Oi! to take Race 4 as the erratic winds picked up to 12knots. Team Ulumulu came in third ahead of Alive while Jelik only managed a fourth place after the spinnaker split near the first rounding of the leeward buoy, and Trader brought up the rear. Millenium Racing’s total points put them in the overall lead after two days.
Early in Race 3, in the IRC-1 class Emagine was declared OCS, leaving John Kara’s Beneteau First 45 Insanity, a first time starter at the RLIR, in charge of the fleet. At the first leeward buoy, Insanity had spinnaker problems which sent her to the back of the fleet. In the second race, Uranus was given an OCS and fell back. The overall IRC-1 leader however, was Fujin who seem to be slowly staking their claim on the trophy having secured all four races over the last two days of the RLIR2016.
Phoenix and Mata Hari seem to be taking turns to battle it out for the newly-introduced RLYC IRC-2 Challenge Trophy but Mata Hari maintained her sunny disposition by scoring the finish line first to top the leader board.
The Sport Boats were more spread out along the line today which began with Gapima PNS leading the way. However, they sustained some damage which sent them home, leaving the field open for Team RLYC to lead the Platu’s back to the finish line. A similar performance in Race 4 gave Team RLYC the overall lead in their class ahead on the Malaysian Navy ATM and SMU.
For a newcomer, WOW is certainly making its mark in the Multihull Class having secured all races over the last two days. Race 4 started on a new course but was stopped and changed when the wind shifted. Allegro led the fleet out but WOW brought them home and remains the overall leader.
Club Class defending champion Sophia seems determined to keep the trophy as she secured both races on Day2.
The RLIR 2016 continues tomorrow with more excitement on and off the water at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club.