Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta 2017 – Pangkor to Penang mixes things up
21 November, 2017
The second race of the 2017 Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta (RMSIR) saw Philip Turner’s ‘Alive’ claiming line honours again. The Reichel/Pugh 66 boat skippered by Duncan Hine completed the race in less than eight hours but the team had to settle for fifth place in Class 1 after the handicap saw their corrected time adjusted to 12:33:15.
The overnight passage race began yesterday in Pangkor and finished today in Penang. The race started with lots of wind, ranging from 10 to 15 knots, giving those at the front of the fleet a boost but eventually faded in the later part of the race, making it more challenging for the other boats to get to the finish line.
‘Otonomos Mandrake III’ (Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns) took the lead in Class 1, followed by ‘Ramrod’ (Gordon Ketelbey). Defending champion ‘Windsikher’ (Sarab Jeet Singh) had to be contented with third place while ‘Meraki’ took the fourth spot.
Richard Barnhurst’s ‘FastTrack’ – which was forced to retire in the Class 2 category after breaking its mainsail in the first passage race from Port Klang to Pangkor – made quite the comeback to sail to the top of the division. Class 2 defending champion, ’Zuhal’ (the Malaysian Armed Forces, skippered by Mohd Masyuri bin Rahmat), was pushed to second place with ‘Antipodes’ (Geoff Hill) and ‘Starlight’ (Andrew Cocks) finishing third and fourth respectively.
In Class 4, former Class 3 champion ‘Fujin’ (skippered by David Fuller), stayed the course to maintain its top position in its new division. ‘Insanity’ (skippered by John Kara) took second place while ‘Jing Jing’ (Jeff Harris) finished third. The remaining three places in the division went to ‘Simba’ (Atul Sinha), ‘Prime Factor’ (Max Pelleschi) and ‘Lion Rock’ (Paul Stripp), in that respective order.
Results are still being tabulated for Class Five and Class Six and will be available on the event website at www.rmsir.com.
The 28th RMSIR kicked off on 18 November 2017 and will finish in Langkawi this coming weekend. This year’s regatta has attracted participation from 31 boats from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan, among other countries.
Sailors will be competing in the fun Rickshaw Races at Straits Quay in Penang later this evening before heading back to the water tomorrow for the inshore races. The fleet will then head to Langkawi on 23 November for the final passage race and inshore races. The final awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club in Kuah, Langkawi on 25 November.
The 2017 RMSIR has implemented the use of the Yellow Brick (YB) Yacht Tracking system, which will see live tracking during the RMSIR passage races from Port Klang to Pangkor, then Pangkor to Penang and lastly, Penang to Langkawi.
There is a ‘live tracking’ web-based race viewer on the RMSIR website which the race track, current position and distance to the finish of every yacht while they are passage racing, and an app can be downloaded to smartphones and tablets showing the same data.
The RMSIR is organised annually by the RSYC in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the Malaysia Sailing Association; assisted by the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) and Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The RMP’s Marine Police play an instrumental role in escorting the boats out to the starting points and back to the finish line in the whole regatta.
RMSIR veteran Jerry Rollin is back as the Principal Race Office overseeing race management while Malaysia’s Leonard Chin is heading the International Jury.
The main sponsors for the 2017 RMSIR are Tourism Malaysia, Selangor Tourism, container port Westports Malaysia and Scottish whisky brand Old Pulteney. The other sponsors are the Port Klang Authority, the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), Quantum Sails, Evolution Sails, Simpson Marine and Flameoff. The event is also supported by the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club.
This year’s event retains its usual Class 1 to Class 7 categories along with the Class 0 division (Transpac 52 yachts). For more information on the 2017 RMSIR, log on to www.rmsir.com or www.facebook.com/rmsir.
The RMSIR was established in 1990 by the RSYC’s Royal Patron, the Sultan of Selangor HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (who was then Raja Muda Selangor) together with Dato’ Johan Ariff and Jonathon Muhiudeen.
Yachts competing in the regatta range from top class IRC1 racers to beautiful classic cruisers with long overhangs dating back over 100 years. Skippers and crew will have to cope with the unpredictable weather, changing tactics and heavy shipping traffic in the Straits of Malacca, all of which make the regatta a matchless experience.
Known for its unpredictable winds, weather and tide, the RMSIR provides excitement for even the most experienced of sailors, along with an interesting challenge. Add to that a little bit of sightseeing and fun social events at every stop and you have a regatta with everything.
The month of November typically marks the height of the northeast monsoon on Peninsular Malaysia where sailors can expect anything from glassy waters and light breeze to a sea heaving with two metres of swell or higher and 30 knot squalls blowing off the coast. In other words, these northeast monsoon months bring conditions that are challenging enough even for seasoned sailors.