What a marvelous day for Race Day 2 at the Kuah harbour area. A sunny day with good tides and fair racing wind conditions.
Early morning, the wind speed was around 5 knots. But then it increased to 6-7 knots at 070 degrees and the race started at 10:10 hours. At noon, the sails were then pushed with a 10-11 knots of wind.
All teams had the chance to compete in two races (Races 2 & 3). As the wind speed was expected to come down, the multihull class ended the day at 14:10.
In the racing class, Australian Skippers Tom & Kevin Whitcraft and their team raked another two definite wins on THA72. Malaysian yacht Uranus led by Salleh Ahmad finished 2nd while Alive, although she finished tightly twice behind THA72, ended up 3rd after application of their handicap.
Races 2 & 3 of the IRC1 Class brought the most interesting competition between last year’s defending champion Malaysian team Mata Hari and the new strong Japanese crew of Char Chan. At race 2, Japanese Skipper Kazuki Kihara finished 1st slightly ahead of Malaysian skipper Vincent Chan, while in Race 3 the roles reversed with Vincent Chan’s team crossing the finish line first while Kazuki Kihara’s Char Chan followed closely behind.
In the IRC2 Class, last year’s winner Danish skipper Niels Degenkolw consolidated the Phoenix team and leads with 2nd and 3rd win of this regatta. Old Pulteney Blue Angel skippered by Jeremy Camps continued to occupy the 2nd position for Race 2 & 3. As for Race 2 & 3 of the Multihull Class, the Austrian yacht Fetz Ma skippered by Gerhard Pils pulled a win in Race 2 and 2nd place in Race 3.
Meanwhile, the winner of Race 1, Tantrum Too team led by Robert Van Paridon, finished 2nd in Race 2 and 1st in Race 3, putting their yacht ahead overall in that class.
Due to the large variety of multihull models in that class, Race 3 took longer to start while waiting 41 minutes for the last participant to finish. In the Club Class, 1st time winner at the Royal Langkawi International Regatta, Russian vessel Southern Breeze 3 skippered by Stas Pechenkin continued to assert their lead in Race 2, while Iseulta skippered by Tristram Denyer finished 2nd.
But in Race 3, skipper Chris Mitchell and his team brought Lady Bubbly to their 1st win in this regatta ahead of Southern Breeze 3. For reasons unknown, at the moment of writing these lines, New Zealand vessel Sophia and Skipper Philip Auger had retired from Race 2.
The Ocean Rover Class also offered a very close competition with Chantique continuing to dominate for their 2nd and 3rd wins at Langkawi Regatta with their team, led by A’dale Adham Ayahudin while Linda skippered by Woodrow Jack Christensen ended closely behind for the 2nd and 3rd time. Wind conditions are expected to be good, and we are anticipating another super sailing day.