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2016/17 AY Grand Prix Event

Windsikher II defends the Raja Muda Cup
Zuhal first Malaysian team to win Jugra Cup

By AsianYachting MultiMedia
26th Nov 2016: Despite a long week on the water and some classes already decided, everyone was out for the final showdown on Bass Harbour and cast this 27th edition in pewter. Overnight a new set of courses for the cruising classes, were devised by PRO Jerry Rollin, to finish the boats before the wind dies in the afternoon. Anticipation was in the air, as crews went about their pre-start drills and the countdown began. A 10 to 12 knot North Easterly, propelled all classes briskly away and on time. All eyes were on the IRC classes and they did not disappoint, as they circulated on windward/leeward courses. Close encounters between Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II and Kevin Whitcraft's TP52 THA 72, in front of the tightly packed "Flying 40's", picking wind shifts and coercing their rides along, were the orders of the day. Goto AY Photo Gallery

After some missed opportunities, Sarab Singh's crew on his Welbourn 52 Windsikher II, were determined to make amends and take home the title for a second year. Despite light variable conditions on the second race, Singh's Windsikher II, claimed the daily double on both races and streaked away with the Raja Muda Cup again. Singh's parting comment was "So proud of my crew, mostly Singapore friends, that have stuck by me." Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth's Sydney GTS 43 Mandrake II and Steve Manning's Ker 42 Black Baza have been applying heaps of pressure every race and by trading second and third places today, remain in 2nd and 3rd overall respectively. Its been a great battle and not finalised until today.

The three leading contenders in the Premier Cruising Class have had an interesting tussle all week, with lead changes after each race. Coming into today's final, the Malaysian Armed Forces Farr 520 Zuhal skippered by Mohd Masyuri, held a slender one point lead over Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes. Opting for windward/leeward courses to settle the overall standings, Masyuri's team were quick off the blocks and held onto their time, to win the first race. Hill's Antipodes finished third, with Andrew Cocks Simonis Voogd 56 Starlight sandwiched in between, gave Zuhal a four point advantage. Not ready to hand over the trophy, Hill's Antipodes claimed the daily double on the last race but 2nd place for Zuhal was enough to become the first Malaysian team to win the Jugra Cup.

What more can we say about David Fuller's Beneteau 44.7 Fujin, with Olympians Jamie Wilmot driving and gold medallest son Nathan calling tactics. Winning all eight races and keeping a clean sheet with distinction, to earn the IRC Class 3 title and awarded the Dato' Abdul Aziz Ismail Challenge Trophy. Despite John Kara's Beneteau First 45 Insanity late charge, picking up two 2nd places today and ending tied on points with Craig Douglas Beneteau 47 Popeye for second overall, the tie was broken in Popeye's favour. Back row starts by Jeff Harris' J 92S Nijinski may have contributed to settling on fourth overall.

Coming through yesterdays debacle, Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly was the only yacht to finish and wanted to prove it wasn't a fluke, so they nailed the start line and led the Cruising Class yachts around the entire course. Clocking in with five wins to take home the Cruising Class title and awarded the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club Trophy. Arne Hayn's Dehler 34 Delite slotted into second place, with Rama's Dehler 34 V.G.Offshore ending in third, but V.G.Offshore held onto a points advantage and the positions were reversed on the overall table.

After being struck by lightening and having electrical problems on Leg 1, Jeremy Camps thought his Impala 28 Old Pulteney Blue Angel chances of winning the Classic Cruising Class title, went up in smoke. Strange how fate works in many ways, as they rebounded by winning four out of six races and awarded the Eveline Trophy for their efforts. Mixed results for Keith Miller's Harmony 38 Sade 2 and Simon Read's Beneteau 350 Aeolus XC leaves them in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Summary
Once described as sending sailing teams on a huge obstacle course and the ones that come out relatively unscathed and capable of overcoming hardships are the winners. This unique island hopping format is only available in Malaysia and presents organisers with huge logistic problems, moving along the coast. An army of volunteers and professional help is required to move the fleet and keep the party going in each port of call. Without assistance from the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) and Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) the regatta would not be possible. They provide the start boat, escort the boats, lay marks, race officers and transport for the race committee, photographers and the media. This may not be everyone's cup of tea, as it combines seamanship and racing abilities, along with possessing a marathon worth of stamina to be successful. If your team matches this criteria, mark down mid November in the racing diary, for a challenge of challenges.

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