Another great start with partly cloudy skies, 15 knots of wind directly from the northeast and choppy wind-waves to half a metre.
The PRO, Simon James and his team set some interesting racecourses today to take maximum advantage of the wind direction and strength. It is a real highlight to see just how professional our PRO and his team on the start boat, the pin boat and the mark boats are and how smoothly the races, pin and rounding mark placements,classes, race times and placings are recorded and executed.
After his setback yesterday, Ray Roberts and his crew on “Team Hollywood” won both races today and reclaimed the top spot in the Racing Class.
Another highlight is just how well the handicaps given to each competing yacht level the playing field and make for very close and exciting racing. A good example is the outstanding performance of “efileConnect”, a forty-footer competing strongly with other boats in his class all exceeding fifty feet.
The boat “Discovery Sailing Asia – Getaway Ichi” has withdrawn from the regatta and been re-entered under the name “Beihai China” raced by a crew from the Zhufeng Sailing team in mainland China. They did very well on their first day too snatching a race by a margin of only one minute from the very competent “Phoenix” helmed by Niels Degenkolw. “Phoenix” clawed back and took the second race with a comfortable margin.
In the Club class “Wind of Change” skippered by Andrey Bratan from Russia is a clear leader having won all three races so far. Second placed “VG Offshore” was disqualified from today’s race after a successful port/starboard protest lodged by “Marikh” and relegated to 4 th place. Watch the battle between “VG Offshore” and the other boats in the Club Class in the upcoming races.
Only two races today, as once again, after a great start the winds moved to the ENE and died down by noon to six knots. The AP over A signal was raised at 1205 sending all competitors back to the marina to end another wonderful day on the stunning waters around the Langkawi Archipelago.