The 16th Royal Langkawi International Regatta has kicked off with official registration, sail measurement, skipper & media briefing, followed by cocktail reception for skippers and race officials in the evening. More than 20 boats have arrived from different corners of Asia for the highly-anticipated annual sailing event.
Principal Race Officer (PRO) Simon James has been out on the Bass Harbour coaching his Sea Management Team on laying courses and setting marks.
The Sea Management Team is comprised of volunteers from different countries including Malaysia, and each possesses a different level of experience in yacht racing. Under the PRO’s guidance, they have established the courses, record starts and finishes, as well as to ensure that the racing yachts enjoy a successful and exciting regatta.
On the water, while the wind was light it kicked in from the North East in time to let the sailors get some practice before the races begin tomorrow.
The yachts were offered an opportunity to practise on Bass Harbour and familiarize themselves with the intricacies and tactics of the PRO and his Sea Management Team. During the practice, the sailors could experience the conditions of Bass Harbour while developing their tactics according to different competitors and sea conditions.
A series of social events such as the welcome dinner, overall awards presentation and closing ceremony have also been planned to ensure ample opportunities for socialising.
The real fun begins as the first day of race kicks off tomorrow.