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RMSIR ends in a storm and some carnage...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
22nd Nov 2014: The day started with a mild North Easterly blowing down the harbour and ended when a storm cell ascended from the South, and swung the breeze around, then increased to 20 plus knots and pelted down with rain. On the racing course, Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi lost valuable time when they became entangled with the windward mark anchor line and low and behold, Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth's new Sydney GTS43 EFG Bank Mandrake did the same on the second round. Those unprepared when the storm hit, ended with shredded spinnakers flying horizontally from the masthead and/or trawling in the water with embarrassing red faced crew. Others that were prepared, hankered down and experienced very fast two sail reaching and invariably won their respective classes.

Hooking up the mark initially caused some confusion and sent boats spearing off in all directions. The time lost by Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi was not recoverable and 8th place effectively saw their quest for a 7th IRC 1 title, drift away with the buoy. Two wins and second place for Paul Winkelmann's JV 42 Island Fling secured second overall and apart from 6th place in Race 4, they could have been top of the table. Never finishing worse than fourth, Bill Bremner's Mills King 40 Foxy Lady 6 successfully defended the title and collects another Raja Muda Cup for their efforts. This result also puts Bremner's Foxy Lady 6, on a nine Asian regatta winning streak since 2012 and elevated them to second place in the running for the 2014-15 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards.

After going aground on the last race, last year, Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes, made amends and with the strong breeze driving them forward to score second and first places, they secured the Premier Cruising class and add another Jugra Cup to their collection. Jon Wardill's defending champion Australian Maid rebounded by winning the first race and second in Race 2, to relinquish the title but end up in second overall. Despite all the breakages, Andrew Cocks Simonis Voogd 56 Starlight has made it through her first outing in anger with a commendable third place. In future they can expect better results when the crew are more familiar with the boat, along with a better run of luck. Guy Waddilove's brand new NZ built Dubois 37.5m Escapade must be commended for competing in all the races and a spectacular sight to behold under full sail.

Seven wins in a row for Gordon Ketelbey's Beneteau 44.7 Fujin admirably defends the IRC 3 class title with a day to spare and takes home the Tiger International Challenge Trophy again. By a mere point Keith Garry's X-412 BeauX Esprit came out on top of the tussle for podium positions with Chris Furness' Elan 410 Rikki Tikki Tavi, to respectively score second and third places.

Coming into the final race, Mike Downard's Farr 1104 Piccolo and Jeff Harris' J92S Nijinski were tied on 10 points and all to play for in the IRC 4 class. Downard's Piccolo took an early lead in the light stuff and extended during the storm to secure the RSYC Cruising Challenge Trophy under their stewardship. John Kara's Dehler 34 Skybird has been floating in and out of the podium places but a slow second race to Pinang leaves them in third overall.

Six wins in a row for Philip Auger and Astrid Graha's Davidson 35 Sophia, gives them the perfect score to win the Cruising Class and in doing so, added the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club Cup to their silverware. The defending champion Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly bounced around in second and third places, to end up in second overall. After a slow start, the new kids on the block, the RSYC team on Jenneau Sun Odessy Panacea with sailing master Grant Bartlett calling the shots, progressively got better through the series to end up in third overall.

Dato Richard Curtis' 100 year old Bristol Pilot Cutter Eveline, came storming back into contention by winning the last four races but the slow start leaves them coming up short and second place is the best they could hope for and no doubt celebrating for the next week. Two early wins for Barry Wickett's Slipper 42 Kay Sira, and playing bridesmaid to Eveline, they have done enough to conquer the Classic Class and rewarded with the Eveline Trophy for their efforts. Simon Read's Beneteau 350 Aeolus XC traded third and fourth places with the defending champion Keith Miller's Harmony 38 Sade 2 to eventually finish third and fourth respectively.

In the Multihull Class, Rolf Heemskerk's chartered Stealth 11.8m Hurricane was pressed all the way by Mick Coleman/John Coffin's sister ship Java, but they managed to out score them, three wins versus two and take home the Dato' Abdul Aziz Ismail Challenge Trophy. Although Danny and Nigel's Bali built trimaran 3Itch, suffered from a broken centerboard on the leg from Pinang, they have soldiered on and in the circumstances are very proud of their achievement to date. They next clash comes at the King's Cup in a weeks time, so modifications and repairs have all ready started in earnest.

Summary
Most the competitors and organisers are suffering from sleep deprivation and an overload of activities both on and off the water. Now its time to relax and look back at a memorable journey and how it is made possible. The unique format requires enormous logistical support, which comes from the Royal Malaysian Marine Police, under the watchful eye of
DSP Tharamadurai and his team, ensure the smooth running of the event, to which the sailors can be forever thankful.

Being the 25th or silver anniversary, we have been blessed with the presence of HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Shahm, the Sultan of Selangor to launch the commemorative book and personally present the Raja Muda and Jugra Cups. He was in fine form and feeling at home in present company and casually mixed with the skippers and crew, instead of the strict protocol and security that usually comes with the position. This coming together of past participants and organisers, is testament that the regatta has stood the test of time and will always remain strong in the memories of all who have competed on this unique event.

The 1990-2014: 25 Years of RMSIR book is now available from the Royal Selangor Yacht Club in Port Klang.

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