Race Day 2 of the RLIR brought sunny skies, good tides, and strong winds. Once again, all of the day’s courses took place within the Kuah Harbor. The boats went out slightly later than the day before as they were waiting for optimal conditions, with the jury boat, start boats, and course markers being in place by 1020.
Wind speeds were strong for the day, starting at 3 knots at 1000 hours and continuing at that speed until 1130 before dying out at 1142. Later in the day wind speeds began rising up to 5 knots at 70-90 degrees, just in time for the second set of races for the day.
The Racing, IRC1, IRC2 and Sports classes were given two races for the day, while the Multihull class and each of the cruising classes (consisting of Club, Ocean Rover, and White Sail vessels) were only given one race. A third race was scheduled for the Racing class but was called off due to rain.
Once again the Racing class kicked off the day’s races, with Race 3 starting at 1040. It was a fast start, a result of optimal wind conditions, with tight competition between Thai team, THA72 lead by skipper Don Whitcraft and Malaysian vessel Emagine lead by Australian skipper Scott Bradley, in first and second place respectively. THA72 opened the gap towards the end, pulling far ahead of the competition.
THA72 won both of their races for the day putting them at the top of the scoreboard with 2 points. Emagine and Black Bazza from Hong Kong, led by British skipper Steve Manning, were the runners up in Race 3 and 4 respectively. Black Bazza is currently in second place on the scoreboard with 5 points followed by Emagine in third with 6 points.
In the IRC1 class, Local team Mata Hari KL Registry, helmed by skipper Vincent Chan dominated both races of the day, winning both and sitting comfortably at the top of the scoreboard with 2 points. Fellow Malaysian team Insanity was the runner up in both races and sits in second place on the scoreboard with 4 points.
Malaysian vessel PhPlus did not finish Race 3, as they retired early in the race due to reported issues with their sails, and came in last in Race 4, putting them at the bottom of the IRC1 scoreboard with 7 points.
In the IRC2 class, Danish skipper Niels Degenkolw once again won both of his races with his Malaysian vessel, Phoenix, netting 2 points for the day. Coming in second again as well in both races was Malaysian vessel Old Pulteney Blue Angel, led by British skipper Jeremy Camps who sits in second place at the end of the day with 4 points.
The Multihull class were given only one race today, as compared to two the day before, which started at 1105. Winds were violent and unpredictable during this race, changing directions drastically over the course of the race. This brought some difficulty for the skippers and their crews, causing them to take forceful maneuvers and undergo course changes as the race progressed.
In the end, Singaporean vessel, Tantrum Too, led by Dutch skipper Robert Van Paridon emerged victorious in Race 3, ahead of Fetz Ma and Mojo in second and third place respectively.
Race 3 for the Sports class brought some drama. At the start of the race the boats were fairly spaced apart. During the race Singaporean team SMU, led by skipper Koh Ling Ying almost tipped over into the water but managed to avoid doing so. In a brilliant bit of sailing, whilst in second place, local team RSYC led by skipper Rizal Mahadi Sazili, almost tipped over when changing course, with one end of the boat submerged in the water. This daring maneuver, however, led to a victory for RSYC in Race 3.
Malaysian Armed Force Team 1, led by skipper Mohd. Masyuri Rahmat, came in second in Race 3, but came back to claim victory in Race 4 putting them at the top of the scoreboard in the Sports class with 3 points. The RSYC team currently sits in second place with 5 points at the end of Race Day 2.
However, the day was not particularly fruitful for yesterday’s number one team, as Thai vessel, Pine-Pacific, led by skipper Ithinai Yingsiri, came in second last and last pace in Race 3 and 4 respectively. They currently sit at the bottom of the table with 13 points just after being at the very top the day before.
Once again, the cruising classes were given a single race for the day and the results for their Race 2 are as follows.
Race 2 in the Club class was won by local skipper and boat Rama Menon in the VG Offshore.
The Ocean Rover class race was also won by a local skipper and boat, Fabian Fernandez in the Freedom 12, who continues his winning streak from the day before. A fantastic start for the newcomer.
The White Sail class race has a late entry in the form of American boat, Linda and her skipper Woodrow Jack Christianson, who debuted in second place. Race 2 in this class was won by skipper John Ormston in his boat Invictas Reward who also continues his winning streak from the day before.
Another great day of sailing here at the 15th Royal Langkawi International Regatta, with another three days of racing to look forward to.