Wind conditions got even better at 17 knots for sailing teams at the 17th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2019 for the Day Three race – the much anticipated around the island course – which offers spectacular views of the surrounding islands and unique rock formations.
Some of the slower boats in the Club Cruising and White Sail classes especially, set out to sail earlier for the longer than usual race route.
Tayfun Koksal, RLIR 2019 Regatta Director said the around the island course is challenging and tricky as wind conditions change, in particular when sailing teams enter the narrow channel at Dayang Bunting which is protected by islands.
“This is the race all sailing teams look forward to, as besides sailing, they enjoy the scenic view and also get to assess and improve their sailing skills, and they can only do this course when the winds are strong.
“The Racing Class seems to be in the firm hands of Team Hollywood – as they have won six races thus far – making them a clear favourite for the Prime Minister’s Challenge Trophy. However, IRC 1 which had anticipated a close fight between Mata Hari KL Registry and Char Chan, appears now to have a third challenger with MegaZip from Russia as this team is holding on to its second spot after three days of racing,’’ he said.