11th Royal Langkawi Int Regatta 2013 : Pressure to PRO temporary went away

Wednesday, 09 January 2013

"There is no concern for severe weather over Langkawi for the next two days" was the statement of one weather forecaster. Tropical Storm 'SONOMU' was battering the east coast of Malaysia and the storm was 'stealing' our wind! The Royal Langkawi International Regatta race officials were sort of hoping and praying that maybe just a tiny wee bit of that ‘severe’ weather might find its way into Bass Harbor. Fortunately, their plan worked, and the breeze filled in nicely in the morning and the PRO had us sailing by 0930.

Race One for all yachts kicked off on time and in a nice 8-10 knot breeze out of the ENE. The Racing Class was first off the blocks and they were chomping at the bit. UTARID scored the line first leading a fairly tight pack past the Start boat. BABY TONGA might have wished they had watched Hi Fi hoist their mainsail with a man aloft to secure it with a hook, as their main halyard gave a slip as they tightened up to get to the line. JELIK however, was at the leeward mark first amongst a cacophony of bright billowing spinnakers, sheeted genoas and general mayhem. With all classes headed to the same windward mark, it makes that leeward mark look like a jumble sale, as all yachts have to pass it. Within the hour, JELIK had romped home to take the finish line, all alone.

The IRC'S were much the same after a nice clean start where Phoenix pipped them all at the start and the finish. The PLATUS got a wee bit over-enthusiastic with MYA/KFC over the line and having to go back to cross again while RQYS missed it altogether by being somewhere else. Apparently, this played to ATM's favor and they reached the finish line first. The multihull start saw FANTASIA edge out MISS SAIGON on the line but MOJO scored the first place, all alone. IVORY STREET must have slept in as they were way late and eventually 'motored' away. A 'cat fight' ensued at the leeward mark as MOJO just pipped MISS SAIGON rounding the mark.

POCO used a tight gap at the start and managed to slide over the line first in the Club Cruiser class, while HAFFIMAN got caught on the other side and had to go around. OVERDRIVE must have used it and led the strung out cruisers over the finish line. In the meantime, DREAMTIME scored a horn for the Bareboat Class which had started with the Club Cruisers. SIRIUS managed to lead EVELINE over the line and WARISAN DUYONG must have not set his alarm and showed up at lunchtime. The Ocean Rover class sailed a shortened course, finishing at the windward mark. The White Sale class which started with the Ocean Rovers saw CHANTIQUE take the final horn.

UTARID again grabbed the line for RACE TWO Racing Class with racers in a tight bunch to the windward mark. JELIK stretched her legs and took the horn. NIJINSKI jostled her way through the herd of fellow IRC yachts to cross first, but PHOENIX was reborn and flew past the finish line in the lead. CABARET 6 and SKYBIRD were caught in a spectacular photo finish with OPTOLOI (White Sail Class) also poking her nose in.RQYS skimmed across the start first for the PLATUS avoiding the jousting and shouting and ATM lead them all back home A Third Race was initially planned, but the wind was weakening and wandering and only the PLATU Sport Boats actually started; to eventually sail a shortened course on the dying wind. The enthusiasm and high spirits were infectious today, with exciting tactics and very professional sailing in tight quarters and with just a light breeze; the adrenalin does get flowing. Everyone is looking forward to an exuberant and thrilling RACE DAY THREE in the Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2013.

By Patrick

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