Relive RLIR 2020Updated 469 days ago

A Slight Turn of the Wind

Race Day 1 started with slightly covered skies.

Two races were scheduled within the Kuah Harbour but wind conditions (or lack of) did not allow for the races to start until early afternoon.

Thanks to perseverance of principal race officer, Simon James, and his team, race 1 started at 14:10 hours.

A patch of bad weather was hovering the West and winds picked up to 6-7 knots with 8 knots, allowing a last course correction at 240 degrees.

Unfortunately, at the end of Race 1, the wind slightly turned, rain started and Race 2 was cancelled.

In the Racing Class, last year winner THA72, led by Australian Skippers, Tom & Kevin Whitcraft, won 14 minutes ahead of 2nd place Uranus with Skipper Salleh Ahmad.

Vessel Alive and skipped retired due to hydraulic concerns.

In the IRC1 Class, first-time winner at Langkawi was Japanese yacht Char Chan, under leadership of Kazuki Kihara.

Defending champions, Mata Hari, piloted by Malaysian Skipper Vincent Chan finished second.

Meraki retired after passing on the wrong side of the windward mark.

In the IRC2 Class, Danish Skipper Niels Degenkolw, brought Phoenix and his team, to a repeat win from last year, 8 minutes ahead of Old Pulteney Blue Angel skippered by Jeremy Camps.

In the Multihulll Class, winner of last year’s class, skipper Robert Van Paridon led the Tantrum Too to victory, well ahead of second placed Austrian vessel Fetz Ma and skipper Gerhard Pils.

In the Club Class, first-time winner at Langkawi, Russian yacht Southern Breeze 3 skippered by Stas Pechenkin, took the first place while Iseulta and Skipper Tristram Denyer landed 2nd place.

In the Ocean Rover Class, 1st time winner at Langkawi Skipper Woodrow Jack Christensen sailed vessel Linda to victory while 2nd place went to Chantique skippered by A’dale Adham Ayahudin.

Wind forecast for race day 2 appears more favourable, as the fun continues.

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