22Nd Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta 2011 — AY Race Report 3

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A tale of two extremes.

23 Nov 2011: Yesterday the North Easterly Monsoon struck Malaysia’s East coast with a vengeance and last night made its way over to the West coast. While on paper the weather forecast is a welcome relief for sailors contesting the Raja Muda Regatta, in reality the day dawned very overcast with a light easterly breeze that could hardly make the flags flutter. After an hour delay for the breeze to reach a steady five knots, it was straight into the first harbour race. Huge swings between South and East made for big gains and losses depending where yachts were positioned around the course, before the race committee called an end to it, by shortening the course. After a short wait the passing rain storm swung the breeze around to the North and increased in strength, the second race for the IRC and Multihull classes was sailed in good solid conditions with white caps forming on the wave crests.

A duel is developing in IRC 1 between Neil Pryde’s Welbourn 52 HI Fi and Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake. They traded first and second places in the two races held today and fighting it out for the overall lead. In the battle for the third podium place Thailand’s Tom Whitcraft’s GP 42 Won Ma Rang and the Malaysian Armed Forces new DK 47 Utarid skippered by Mohamad Razali shared the spoils today, with Utarid taking the inside running for the overall stakes.

Only one race for the Premier Cruisers, saw Jon Wardill’s Cassidy 55 Australian Maid bring the string of victories by Team Strongbow The Goat’s Beneteau F53 Baby Tonga to an end by reducing them to second place. Stuart Williamson’s Oceanis 523 Resolution of Whitby scored third place and Riccardo Gastone’s sleek Swan 76 Silandra V struggled in the light air for fourth place.

After spending some time on the putty and tangled in fishing nets Ben Copley’s Swan 42 Katsu finally hit their straps and claimed the daily double in the first race today. Sarab Jeet Singh’s Sydney 40 Windsikher rebounded by winning the second race by a mere 22 seconds from Bill Bremner’s Ker 32 Foxy Lady 5 . Two second places for Foxy Lady 5 keeps them on the top of the leader board for now but only two points separates the three boats in the IRC Class 3.

Being in the right place at the right time, John Kara’s Dehler 34 Skybird convincingly won the first race today but dropped back to third in the second race. Second and first places for Jeff Harris’ new J 92S Nijinski keeps them on the top of the pointscore. Missing out by less than a minute Neil Ankcorn’s Farr 1104 Mat Salleh settled on second place but will have to go a lot harder to reel Nijinski back in.

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In IRC Cruising Class 5 Japan’s Yasuto Fuda Dehler 38 Fortissimo 8 climbed back on the top step of the podium and in doing so retake the overall lead. The RSYC youth team on their Jeanneau 32 Panacea skippered by Rizal Sazali came good with second place. Third place for Gavin Welman’s Hallberg-Rassy Rasca l knocks them down to second overall. A broken forestay on Morten Ringvold’s Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37 Haffiman sees them retiring from the regatta.

Datuk Richard Curtis’ Eveline skippered by Trevor Richards is back on winning form today. Second place for Barry Wickett’s Kay Sira crewed by students from the Langkawi Sailing School keeps them in the overall Class 6 lead for the time being. The Malaysian Armed Forces Contessa 32 Musytari skippered by Lt Haniff have consistently scored third places to be assured of the bronze medal.

The Multihull Class started their series in earnest from today. Although a little late for the start, Rolf Heemskerk on the chartered Stealth 12.6 Sidewinder secured the boat end and a lift to windward saw them march over the top of the fleet and never look back in Race 1. Another first and fastest in Race 2 sealed the deal for Rolf Heemskerk’s crew on their first outing on a multihull. The rest of the fleet followed suite with David Liddell Corsair C37 Miss Saigon scoring two second places, Andrew Stransky’s designed catamaran Fantasia two third places and David Roberts Andaman Cabriolet Davinci skippered by Bruce Issell two fourth places.

Tomorrow (Thursday) the third and final passage race from Penang to Langkawi kicks off at midday.

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