Langkawi, Malaysia: Class leaders dominate proceedings…
As the North Easterly trade wind is still favourable, the IRC Classes completed a quick windward/leeward race in Bass Harbour before setting off on a passage race along the West coast of Langkawi. The newly revamped Cruising Classes headed downwind to Rebak Island and back, while the Multihulls caught up on their program and the Sportsboats continued with two more races in Bass Harbour. Each class has a clear leader that has dominated proceedings so far and today they either extended their lead or conservatively protected their advantage. This doesn’t mean the competitors have rolled over and accepted their position, as there is still some very close racing going on with mere seconds separating the podium places in the balance.
Nailing the downwind startline with speed and popping the spinnaker at the same time, saw the Ahern/Wilmer & Bailey’s TP52 Oi! accelerate away and leave the three Royal Malaysian Armed Forces yachts floundering around back at the startline. This precision timing and crew work has earned Oi! two more wins, making it 8 in a row and wrap up the IRC Racing title with one day to spare. Although Mohd Masyuri’s Farr 520 Zuhrah @151 Racing Team, continues to finish in front of Ishak Bin Jaid’s DK47 Utarid, the placing’s are reversed when the IRC ratings were applied and hold the respective placing’s on the podium.
The crew on Bill Bremner’s Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6, maybe a little under the weather, after celebrating tactician Steve McConaghy birthday last night, as they dipped to third place in the first race but were right back on track, to win the second race and well on the way to defending the IRC 1 title. Paul Winkelmann’s HH42 Island Fling finally broke through to win the first race by a mere 16 seconds from Mick Tilden’s Beneteau 44.7 Fujin. Less than a minute separated the podium places. The long beat back in fading and swirling breeze during Race 2, played into the hands of the mid fleet displacement boats and second place again for Tilden’s Fujin consolidates third spot on the podium for them.
This year there is no stopping the all Malaysian crew on Vincent Chan’s Titan 36 Mata Hari and 8 wins in a row earns them the IRC 2 title with a day to spare. On both occasions today, Stuart Williamson’s First 34.7 Old Mutual International EOW got the better of Niels Degenkolw’s Phoenix and consequently end up second and third in the overall stakes. Patinyakorn ‘Ging’ Buranrom’s S&S 42 Sansiri Windstar assault on the title came abruptly to an end, when the mainsail fell down and retired gracefully.
Mixed results in the Sportsboat Class produce a change in the order but the leaders remain the same. A win apiece for Kevin Yong’s RSYC (Setia West) and Singapore’s Collin Lim’s SMU, keeps them in first and second overall but two second places for Abu Talib Abdullah Rahmat’s Siput elevates them up into third place. In front of Patrick Hanlon’s Queensland Yacht Squadron that have gradually slipped down the order, despite the Aussie bulk having a advantage in the strong breeze.
The three Multihull’s all scored a race win in the three races held today and after juggling of places they all score six points. This keeps Grenville Fordham’s 11.6m Andaman Cabriolet Niña on top of the scoreboard with a two point lead over Herman Schwarz’s Mundy 48 2 Fast 4 You, and the Russian’s on Kirill Stashevskiy’s Stealth 13 Galeforce a further two points adrift in third and all to play for tomorrow.
Another win for Phil Auger & Astrid Graham’s Davidson 35 Sophia extends their lead in the Club Cruiser Class and will need something untoward happening to loose the title from here. Gavin Welman’s Hallberg-Rassy 53 Rascal, continues to plug away in second place and has completely out classed the Chinese on Lu Rui/Martin Clark’s 13.8m Amel Maramu Alakaluff in third place.
The Ocean Rover class has now been subdivided into Class A and B, plus the results have been completely recalculated to suite. By winning the race today, Henning Lenz 10.36m My Toy now leads Class A by two points from Datuk Richard Curtis’ 100 year old Bristol Pilot Cutter Eveline and John Ormiston’s Invictas Reward languishes in third overall.
Despite Ramasemy Menon’s VG Offshore winning the race today, it is Adale/Hakin A Klunker’s Chantique that takes the overall lead in the Ocean Rover B class. Marco Morosi’s Easy ‘n Free now finds themselves sandwiched in second overall between Chantique and VG Offshore.
Final day of racing tomorrow followed by the overall prize presentation and gala dinner at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club
by The RLIR 2015 results www