Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta 2017 – Penang to Langkawi
25 November, 2017
The 2017 Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta (RMSIR) is known for its unpredictable elements and the final passage race from Penang to Langkawi yesterday saw the RMSIR living up to its name as the “regatta with everything” since anything can happen.
The fleet set sail for Langkawi with 12 knots of wind into eventual choppy seas. Atul Sinha’s ‘Simba’ was forced to retire early from the Class 4 race when the boat lost its rudder and had to be towed to safety by Adale Adham’s ‘Chantique’ (skippered by Hakin Klunker). ‘Chantique’ continued on to Langkawi but later retired from the Class 6 passage race due to a damaged mainsail.
Guy Scott’s multihull ‘Afterburner’ joined the fleet in Penang to add Class 7 to the mix and made it across the finish line in just over 5½ hours. However, the boat sustained some damage to its rudder and had to sit out this afternoon’s inshore races at Kuah harbour.
The favourable winds saw ‘Alive’ – Philip Turner’s Reichel/Pugh 66 boat skippered by Duncan Hine – zipping ahead of the fleet to sweep both the Line Honours and a Class 1 win. Defending champion ‘Windsikher’ (Sarab Jeet Singh) had to settle for second place while ‘Otonomos Mandrake III’ (Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns) finished third in Class 1. In the overall standings for Class 1, ‘Windsikher’ looks set to retain the Class 1 title and Raja Muda Cup. ‘Ramrod’ (Gordon Ketelby) and ‘Otonomos Mandrake III’ are currently tied for second place.
Class 2 defending champion ‘Zuhal’ (the Malaysian Armed Forces, skippered by Mohd Masyuri bin Rahmat) was further relegated to the bottom of the class after Geoff Hill’s ‘Antipodes’ sailed to the top of the class, followed by ‘FastTrack’ (Richard Barnhurst) and ‘Starlight’ (Andrew Cocks). ‘Antipodes’ is currently in the overall lead for Class 2 after the first day of inshore races in Langkawi, with ‘FastTrack’ and ‘Starlight’ tied for second.
‘Fujin’ (David Fuller) further extended its overall Class 4 lead with wins in the passage race and inshore races. ‘Jing Jing’ (Jeff Harris) finished second in the passage race, followed by ‘Insanity’ (John Kara) in third. ‘Prime Factor’ (Max Palleschi) clawed its way back to finish second in the first day of the Langkawi inshore races, which leaves them tied with ‘Jing Jing’ for second in the overall Class 4 standings.
In Class 5, ‘Kinabalu’ (Bob Howison) won the Langkawi passage race and currently has a narrow overall lead in the division. ‘Mystic River’ (Daniel Pang) was second over the passage race finish line, followed by and ‘Iseulta’ (Tristam Denyer) in third. In the overall Class 5 standings after the day’s inshore races, defending champion ‘Lady Bubbly’ (Chris Mitchell) is currently in second place, with Japanese entry ‘Fortissimmo X’ (Yasuto Fuda) in third.
Class 6 sees ‘La Samudra 2’ (Dato Johan Ariff, skippered by Dominic Liddell) holding on to the overall lead after a class win in the passage race. ‘Francis’ (Mohd Hafizi) and ‘Old Pulteney Cabaret 6’ (Jeremy Camps, skippered by Martin Grantham) finished second and third in the passage race. In the overall Class 6 standings after the first Langkawi inshore races, ‘Old Pulteney Cabaret 6’ and ‘Marikh’ (the Malaysian Armed Forces, skippered by Jamil bin Ahmad Urayah) are tied for second place.
The official results of Day 1 of the Langkawi inshore races are available on the RMSIR website (www.rmsir.com). The fleet will compete in a final round of inshore races on 25 November and this will be followed by the final awards ceremony at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club on the same day.
The 28th RMSIR kicked off on 18 November 2017. This year’s regatta has attracted participation from 31 boats from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan, among other countries.
The 2017 RMSIR implemented the use of the Yellow Brick (YB) Yacht Tracking system, which will saw live tracking during the RMSIR passage races from Port Klang to Pangkor, then Pangkor to Penang and lastly, Penang to Langkawi.
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.