start to the regatta...
It took the Scallywags 5 hours 50 minutes to cover the 74nm course, finishing at 2200hrs, the earliest anyone has ever finished. The wind stayed in for the entire race, allowing the leaders, in all the IRC classes, to complete the course in record time and were quenching their thirst at the Seaview Resort, well before midnight.
Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes was the first Monohull to cross the finish line, at 2118hrs, taking 7 hours 48 minutes, which is 26 minutes shy of Alive's record time in 2015. Singh's Windsikher II raced in close quarters with Antipodes and finished with an elapsed time of 7 hours 46 minutes, two minutes quicker than Antipodes, that started five minutes earlier. The International jury were informally consulted by PRO Jerry Rollin and he decided to award Line Honours to Windsikher II for the fastest elapsed time, instead of first over the line. This has produced some healthy discussion on the subject and further studies are expected to take place in Penang.
Different story in the handicap stakes. Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth's Sydney GTS 43 Mandrake III clocks into 1st place in IRC 1 and relegates Singh's three times champion Windsikher II down to 2nd place. Favourable winds helped the smaller boats to come through and Gordon Ketelbey's Farr 40 Ramrod lived up to their giant killing reputation and slipped into 3rd place. Although Troy Yaw's TP52 Ulumulu jointly skippered by Jeremy and Tiffany Koo were up with the leaders during the race, they had to settle on 4th at the end of the race.
Similar scenario in the Premier Cruising class. Dato Khalilur Rahman's DK 46 Janda Baik skippered by Khairul Zakaria claimed the handicap honours, ten minutes in front of Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes. Peter Cremers Warwick 75 Shahtoosh slowed towards the end and slotted into 3rd place. While the Malaysian Armed Forces Farr 520 Zuhal skippered by Salleh Ahmad ended up in 4th place.
The three big boats in IRC 4, Steve Manning / Paul OMalley's A 40 RC Red Rum, Max Palleschi's IOR Farr 40 Prime Factor and John Kara's Beneteau First 45 Insanity finished in that order and within three minutes of each other. But when the ratings were applied, a little juggling took place, with Prime Factor sailing two handed, taking top spot, Red Rum dropped to 2nd place and RMSIR Chairman Jeff Harris' J 92S Nijinsky skippered by Alessandro Lodovelli crossed the finish line an hour after the leaders, to take 3rd place and relegate Insanity to 4th place.
Even the Cruising and Classic Cruising classes managed to finish before day break, which has never happened before, in the 29 year history of the event. The rivalry between Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly and Rama's Dehler 34 V.G.Offshore has boiled over into this race, with Mitchell's Lady Bubbly and his hearty crew, taking the daily double this time. As the conditions became unsettled in the early morning hours, the Aussie's on Tristram Denyer's Dufour 350 Iseulta were an hour behind Lady Bubbly and initialy managed to hang onto provisional 2nd place, as the changes occured. Some rain and switching over to the land breeze, caused some delays to the remaining runners. Rama's V.G.Offshore got caught up in this situation and lost valuable time, crawling across the finish line to slot into 3rd place. These two places were reversed, when the jury penalised Iseulta for motoring during the start sequence and received a 70 minute time penalty
The Royal Malaysian Armed Forces Contessa 32OD Marikh skippered by Mohd Hanif Husain, are very familiar with these waters, as the Royal Malaysian Navy base is only a few miles away in Lumut. They did everything right, starting on time and constantly trimming the sails for boat speed, to overcome the challenge from the bigger boats in the Classic Cruising class. Sailing two handed Florian Zeh's William Garden Esperanza have cruised the world and was the last yacht to finish at 0530 for a well earned 2nd place. David McKeown's classic Stow 78 Rona was called over (OCS) at the start line and instead of testing the new special instruction from the International jury, opted to score did not finish (DNF). It must be stated that all yachts completed the course without using the engine and is another historic moment this year.
That's Race 1 completed of this marathon and after a day to recouperate and the evening prize presentation party, the fleet sets sail for Penang on Monday 19th, for the slightly shorter 65nm Race 2. Early weather predictions had a tropical low pressure system developing over the peninsula, in the middle of the week and bringing with it further tactical decisions into the equasion. It's been a perfect start to the regatta, but from experiemce, anything can happen and usualy does, at this regatta.
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.
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