Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2018 – Day 4
12 January, 2018
This Friday morning was mostly cloudy and did not bring the wind conditions forecasted, leaving all participants on standby in the comfort of the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club.
Principal Race Officer Simon James and his team patiently waited on the start boat until finding enough wind to start Race 5 at 14:05. By then, the winds had picked up blowing with 5-8 knots at 100-120 degrees which allowed for racing in the Kuah Harbour Area.
All races had a clear start on four different courses.
Only one race was held since there was not enough time to hold another before the cut off time of 17:00.
The day was called when the last vessel entered the finish line at 16:00.
While this was Race 5, the overall score of each team is calculated on the best four results (allowing each boat to discard their worst result).
In the Racing Class skippers Tom & Kevin Whitcraft on THA72 won the day’s race to consolidate a three point advantage in the overall pointscore over Uranus, skippered by Salleh Ahmad.
Although Alive, skippered by Australian Duncan Hine, finished second today, they lie third place overall, give points behind Uranus.
In IRC1 the heat is on between Malaysian yacht Mata Hari and Japanese yacht Char Chan. Malaysian skipper Vincent Chan on Mata Hari finished first on handicap in Race 5 and secured a one point advantage in the overall rankings over Char Chan, even though the Japanese team, led by Kazuki Kihara, finished Race 5 two seconds ahead of Mata Hari.
The competition between these two teams will go down to the wire tomorrow.
Phoenix led by skipper Niels Degenkolw added another first place in IRC 2 class, ahead of Old Pulteney Blue Angel skippered by Jeremy Camps to comfortably sit in first overall with a four point lead. Meraki, skippered by Geoff Masters, is third overall.
As for the Multihull Class, the competition between Fetz Ma and Tantrum Too is heating up. These two team have been trading first and second places with each other throughout and in Race 5, skipper Gerhard Pils lead Fetz Ma to a win, just 36 seconds ahead of Tantrum Too skippered by Rober Van Paridon. With that Fetz Ma now leads the overall standings by one point from Tantrum Too with Allegro, skippered by Bob McIntyre, in third.
In the Club class, Japanese team Fortissimo X added their second consecutive win, bringing their overall score to within two points of current leader Southern Breeze 3. Malaysian team VG Offshore, skippered by Rama Menon, finished their best position of the regatta with a second place finish in Race 5.
Finally, in Race 5 for Ocean Rover class overall leader Chantique finished third leaving first place to Linda who now sit second overall just one point behind Chantique. French team Indulgence, skippered by Bernard Di Tullio, finished today’s race in second and sit third overall.
Racing concludes tomorrow.