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AY Pre-Regatta Report

2018/19 AY Grand Prix Event

Raja Muda Regatta ready for blast off...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
16th Nov 2018: Once again a mixture of foreign and Malaysian owned yachts are lining up at the Royal Selangor Yacht Club in Port Klang, for the 29th edition of this unique, island hopping regatta, along the West Coast of Peninsula Malaysia. Twenty six yachts, divided into seven classes, are under starters orders, for an 8 day challenge, consisting of three overnight passage races, totaling 260nm and 3 days of harbour racing in Penang and Langkawi. Crews require an iron constitution to get through the racing program, let alone five prize giving parties, along the way. Presently the NE trade wind is trying to push through and has recently produced unsettled coastal weather. Teams must be prepared to change gears and tactics, to suite the conditions. Entries vary from outright serious racers, to local crews having a good time together on their boat and has popularly become known as 'Very character building and challenging event', that lures some teams back, year after year.

Highlights this year include Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II, attempting to win the prestigious Raja Muda Cup four years in a row, something that has never been achieved before. The sight of Meitatsu Fukumoto / Seng Huang Lee’s ORMA 60 SHK Scallywag FUKU flying around the course, with guest appearances on some legs, by HH Raja Muda of Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah and giving SE Asian sailors an opportunity to see the Scallywags and their mighty racing machine in action.

After 2 years absence Troy Yaw's TP52 Ulumulu returns to the fray and jointly skippered by Jeremy and Tiffany Koo, are aiming to become the second Malaysian team to win the IRC 1 Racing Class, in its 29 year history. Never underestimate the smaller yachts, racking up the handicap honours, Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth's Sydney GTS 43 Mandrake III have won here before, Gordon Ketelbey's Farr 40 Ramrod is fully capable of exerting a lot of pressure and Jega Muniandy's brand new MC 31 Kannu, bringing the regatta winning Gotcha team back together and looks capable of springing some surprises, if the conditions suite.

Chairman of the Phuket King's Cup, Kevin Whitcraft and his all conquering TP52 THA 72, are the lone entry in the IRC 0 class, for the TP52's, starting in Penang and using this outing, to bring the team back together and fine tune the boat for the King's Cup, starting one week after the RMSIR finishes.

Although Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes has won the Premier Cruising Class many times before, they are up against some stiff opposition, this year. Peter Cremers well prepared Warwick 75 Shahtoosh tops the size scale and is always in contention at any regatta they contest. The Malaysian Armed Forces Farr 520 Zuhal skippered by Mohd Masyuri won the Jugra Cup two years ago, after a tight fought battle with Antipodes and are ready to duke it out again. Dato Khalilur Rahman's DK 46 Janda Baik led by Jeff Harris and Khairul Zakaria have assembled a formidable racing team and will pull no punches, in their quest to win the title.

This event is now the fifth point scoring regatta on the 2018-19 Asian Yachting Grand Prix (AYGP) where top ranked skippers expect to improve their overall standings and we welcome Malaysian Skippers and Yachts to make an impression on the scoreboard. Check out the current 2018-19 AYGP Rankings, by clicking on Skipper - Yacht - Regatta and Scoring System.

A strong contingent of Malaysian yachts have entered IRC 4, Cruising and Classic Cruising classes and enjoy nothing better than fighting over bragging rights, for the rest of the season.

RMSIR Chairman Jeff Harris' J 92S Nijinsky skippered by Alessandro Lodovelli and John Kara's Beneteau First 45 Insanity, are taking on Max Palleschi's IOR Farr 40 Prime Factor attempt at 2 handed racing and Steve Manning / Paul OMalley's A 40 RC Red Rum, will not be giving an inch away, in their quest to take the JCC RE Challenge Trophy home.

Six different yacht designs in the Cruising class are going head to head. Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly resume their long standing rivalry, with Rama's Dehler 34 V.G.Offshore and have shared the spoils before. Aussie Tristram Denyer's Dufour 350 Iseulta could be the meat in the sandwich, while Ken Yap's Hunter 326 Millennium 2 returns for another crack at the RLYC trophy. Newcomers Effindi Ismail's Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37 Nafi and Paul Hopkins Northwind 60 DS Barbas with distinguished Zanzibar crew onboard, vary dramatically in performance and will no doubt keep the arbitrary handicapper busy.

Four yachts have revived the Classic Cruising class. Amongst the grand ole dames are the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces Contessa 32OD Marikh skippered by Mohd Hanif Husain, Dato Richard Curtis 100 year old Bristol cutter Eveline skippered by James Lee, David McKeown's classic Stow 78 Rona and Florian Zeh's William Garden Esperanza can expect a right royal battle to emerge victorious in this class.

Rounding out the classes, Goran Andersson's Antrim 40 Angela and Meitatsu Fukumoto / Seng Huang Lee’s ORMA 60 SHK Scallywag FUKU are the only Multihull's entered this year. While SHK Scallywag FUKU will be looking for overall line honours and race records, Angela is a performance cruiser carbon trimaran and no comparison to the racing greyhound.

Festivities begin tonight with the welcome reception. The Regatta Patron, His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor has continued to support the event both on and off the water. He enjoys meeting and greeting the competing sailors each year, as well as presenting the magnificent Raja Muda Cup in Langkawi, which he commissioned from Garrards of London in 1994.

What ever happens, the winner will require good performances on the passage races and round the cans racing disciplines, as there is no drop race and history has shown that a crew with lots of stamina, able to keep up the pace, both on and off the water are likely to succeed.

Each yacht is fitted with Yellow Brick Tracking units and for those that cant make it for the regatta, can follow the yachts progress on the 3 passage races or can play the Virtual Race game at SailOnline

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