Malaysia. Raja Muda Selangor Regatta: Farr/Mills 51 Mandrake wins both races to top leaderboard

Thursday, 23 November 2006

After two hours of waiting for the wind to increase, racing got underway and PRO Gerry Rollin managed to squeeze in two races for the racing classes and complete the days scheduled harbour passage race for the cruising classes. The Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth Farr/Mills 51 Mandrake pulled off two the biggest surprises today by winning both races and climbing to the top of the leaderboard. A resounding bang was heard on the press boat after the first start as Jonathan Mahony's Happy Endings tacked with not enough room to bear away below the boats to windward and ran strait into the RMN Farr 520 Zuhrah skippered by Malik Sulaiman. The jury subsequently have disqualified Happy Endings and luckily nobody was injured. At seventy five foot long Frank Pong's Jelik usually leads the fleet but after entangling a fishing net and dragging it along on the downwind leg is was Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth 51ft Mandrake leading around the bottom mark, first time round. Their crew work and boatspeed looked very slick and perhaps they were responding to part owners Nick and Mo Burns return with perhaps some good news to share with the crew.

Bill Bremner's Sydney 40 Foxy Lady rebounded with second and third places today but slipped to second overall, one point adrift of Mandrake. Keith Dunn's Mount Gay 30 Lunch Cutter 11 rounded of the Race 3 podium placing's and RSYC Vice Commodore Vincent Chan's Titan 36 Matahari second place in Race 4 gave the small boats 1B class an upper hand over the big boats 1A, except for Mandrake left trailing in their wake.

Peter Cremer's Shahtoosh has won the Performance Cruising Class for the last two years and despite showing great bursts of speed has not featured on the podium for the two races held so far, until sneaking into first place on the Penang Harbour Passage race by forty one seconds. Geoff Hill's Lyons 49 Strewth added another second place to their tally by beating fellow Aussie Jon Wardill's Cassidy 55 Australian Maid by a mere three seconds. With two wins to their credit, Andrew Findlay's Beneteau 45 Impiana had to settle on fourth place but retains top spot on the overall leaderboard.

In IRC Cruising, Graham Lind's Singaporean based Hustler SJ35 Sumatra has been constantly climbing the podium placing's to cap it of with a first place in Race 3 and second place in Race 4. A two way battle is developing at the top between Sumatra and Neil Ankorn's Farr 1104 Mat Salleh and after scoring a 2, 1 today, Mat Salleh has regained the top spot on the Overall standings by two points. Fatimi Afendi's Race 2 winning Gibsea 42 Corina 11 fell by the wayside after having to retire from both races.

No changes in the Multihull Class with Tony Roberts Crowther cat Tactical Directions getting the better on handicap for the third time in a row of Liam Nicholls Grainger cat Gone with the Wind despite beating them over the line and some handicap adjustments taking place. John Mitchell's Merpati Putih from Indonesia has consistently scored third place.

John Ramsden's Singapore based Elan Impression 434 Sofa So Good showed just how fast they can sail by taking out the daily double of Line and Handicap honours in the Non IRC Cruising class. Gavin Welman's Hamburg Ratssy Rascal second place came in a nick of time to enter the overall podium placing's in third spot for the time being. Garry Bryant's Scipio of Parkstone third place is a welcome return to the podium after dropping off the pace during race two.

Having to sail the entire course Dato' Richard Curtis's Bristol Cutter crew on Eveline got the better of Simon Morris's bigger Sirius 1935 despite a lengthy windward beat into the incoming current. Lindsey Stewart and Bruce Issel's race 2 winning Willow 11 were forced to retire with damage and Hijjas Kasturi's classic Mystico did not even make it out to the starting line.

After recovering from the traditional Penang prize giving ceremony at the infamous E & O Hotel, the racers set sail for the legendary and duty-free islands of Langkawi on Race 4 or 5. A day of windward/leeward and passage races will follow on picturesque Bass Harbour to complete a very arduous and lengthy program. No wonder the RMSIR is the hardest regatta in all of Asia to win and sailors keep coming back year after year to have another crack at it...

Full Race Results from  Capt. Marty (Martins) Rijkuris

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 November 2006 )