Relive RLIR 2020Updated 471 days ago

A Beautiful Day for Yacht Racing

A beautiful day for yacht racing in Kuah Harbour with clear skies and wind from the ENE ranging from 10 knots at the start of the first race to 20 knots by 1130, then falling away in later races.

The day events started on a somber note with one minute of silence to honor and pay respect to Martins Rudolfs Rijkuris (Capt Marty) for whom eight bells tolled at “the end of his watch” recently. Universally known across the region, founder of AsianYachting.com and the Asian Yachting Grand Prix Series, and affectionately known to one and all as ‘Captain Marty’. May he rest in peace.

Racing started soon after with the Racing Class underway in the first of three fiercely contested challenges at 0940. Even though Team Hollywood won all three of today’s races in this class a successful protest by THA72 relegated them to third place for the day and elevated efileConnect to first place.

Twenty nine yachts, the smallest, Fetz Ma, only just over six metres in length, enjoyed great conditions on beautiful Bass Harbor.

Participating yachts are registered in nine different countries making the BRRLIR a truly international event.

Eight of the registered yachts are first-time entries and My Gadis in the Sports Boat class is “manned” by an all-female Malaysian crew.

Also great to see another “Classic” entry in the white sail class with the gaf-rigged cutter Gwell giving the venerable Eveline some stiff competition.

After a copy book first day everyone is looking forward to a wonderful week of racing at the 18th Belt & Road Royal Langkawi International Regatta

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