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AY Race Report 2

2019/20 AY Grand Prix Event

RMSIR defying the weather predictions...
Goto AY Race Report 2By AsianYachting MultiMedia
19th Nov 2019: Despite the dire looking weather predictions on the first two days of racing, the wind popped up before the start on both occasions and continued throughout the afternoon, for the yachts to make good progress, up the coast. It didn't take long for the order to establish itself, with Ray Roberts TP52
Team Hollywood, Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II and Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes in the leading group, fighting over line honours. Then the two Farr 40's and the Malaysian Navy grouping, around 10nm behind. Followed by the leading IRC 3 yachts, another 10nm adrift, with HH The Raja Muda of Selangor's Fujin dueling with John Kara's Insanity for line honours, mixed in with the Cruising and Classic class handicap contenders. Down the back the small yachts and heavy displacement classic's like Rona and Eveline. Then the bewitching hour arrived around 1800 to 1900hrs, when scattered storms descended and the breeze pummeled the fleet, then switched off and finally the land breeze arrived to bring the fleet home. Check out the AY Photo Gallery

The final result is usually determined by where the storm crosses the fleet. On this occasion the mid fleet grouping suffered the most, with less than one knot of boat speed and boats facing in all directions, for a couple of hours. Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood were first to cross the line at 21:24, with Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II only 8 minutes behind and close enough to eclipse Team Hollywood for provisional IRC 1 handicap honours. Everyone wins a prize on the Raja Muda Regatta and as Geoff Hill's Smith 72 Antipodes finished 5 minutes behind Team Hollywood and wedged themselves in front of Windsikher II, they stand inline for the daily double in the Premier Cruising Class.

It turned into what Neil Pryde would have called "A big boat race" and no coming from behind, this time. Winner of the Klang/Pangkor Race, Rolf Heemskerk's Farr 40 The Next Factor had to settle on 3rd place this time, while Gordon Ketelbey's Ramrod leap frogged the Malaysian Armed Forces DK47 Uranus skippered by Norhafisam Ahmad to end up 4th and 5th respectively.

Hill's Antipodes claimed the Premier Cruising daily double while 2nd place for Doug Sallis' Hanse 575 Colie has them tied on three points in the overall title race.

It took until midnight for the rest of the fleet, to return to some semblance of order and slowly head in the right direction, after the drenching storm. Earlier HH The Raja Muda Of Selangor, skippering the Beneteau 44.7 Fujin and John Kara's Beneteau First 45 Insanity continued with their match race but during the melee, Fujin broke away and managed to finish at 03:32. Although the Rahim brothers on J 92S Nijinsky, were lurking in the wings and by finishing an hour after the Raja Muda, knocked Fujin from the number 1 spot to 2nd and take the overall IRC 3 lead. Further out to sea Kara's Insanity was left floundering and finished close to 3 hours behind Fujin and relegated to 4th place, as the Race 1 winner, Simon Piff's Lauranus L34 Rainbow Dream made a last ditch effort to slot into 3rd place.

To make matters worse the breeze faded away after the storm, leaving the yachts to contend with the strong tidal current and the Cruising/Classic Classes drifting around with 1 to 3 knots boat speed, if they were lucky. The wise ole men on Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly were first to finish at 08:04, to make it 2 wins in a row and provisionally take the Overall Cruising Class lead. One hour latter John Noble guided the X 342 Leopad Dream across the finish line to secure 2nd place. Although Lucas van Maarschalkerweerd's X-342 Minx, missed out on 2nd place by three minutes and settled in 3rd, their consistency has earned them 2nd overall behind Lady Bubbly.

In the Classic Class with these conditions, it becomes a case of who is going to persist and sail the course or who is going to call it a day, at one of the strategically placed gates, along the way. The defending champion, Royal Malaysian Armed Forces Contessa 32OD Marikh skippered by Lt Khairul Azmi, can still make way in the light conditions but had to stay out till 10:09 this morning, to achieve the task. Good speed earlier on, got David McKeown's classic Stow 78 Rona to Gate 1 in front and as the two other yachts, Shah Azlan's Westerly Storm 33 Tofan and Dato Richard Curtis 100 year old Bristol cutter Eveline skippered by Goran Leif, were behind them, they scored 3rd and 4th respectively.

Festivities continue when the onshore activities go into full swing this afternoon, with rickshaw racing taking place around the Straits Quay Marina and celebrations afterwards.

Tomorrow on Wednesday, the Pinang Harbour, around the cans racing takes place and as this style of racing requires different skill sets, they could well produce another shakeup of the order.

More info and results on the Raja Muda Selangor Int. Regatta

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AY Race Report 6 & Summary
Race Report 5
Race Report 4
Race Report 3
Race Report 1
AY Pre-Regatta Report

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