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Raja Muda Selangor wins Penang Harbour Race...
By AsianYachting Multimedia
20th Nov 2019: Sailors were greeted with a 10 knot South Easterly land breeze, blue sky and flat seas. PRO Simon James fired off the first race on schedule, for all classes and everyone merrily set off in different directions. Two catamarans have joined in, Multihull Class 7 and completed this years lineup. Unfortunately half way up the windward leg, the wind started to fade and an agonising drift for the five Racing Class yachts and after an hour, the race was shortened at the top mark. A breeze line appeared on the horizon and drifted in from the West. This enabled the Racing Class to start moving and all five boats crossed the line within minutes. The rest of the classes embarked on a point to point harbour race and were also held up during the change over and when they returned to the finish, HH The Raja Muda Of Selangor, skippering
the Beneteau 44.7 Fujin crossed the line in first place, well in front, to become the first Royalty to score the daily double in any class. Check out the AY Photo Gallery

Although Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood lead was cut short, during the drift-a-thon by Rolf Heemskerk's Farr 40 The Next Factor, that took an outside line and managed to stay in the wind a little longer, to claim the handicap honours. Gordon Ketelbey's Farr 40 Ramrod slotted into 2nd place and the Malaysian Armed Forces DK47 Uranus skippered by Syazrie Abd Rahman into 3rd place, relegated Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II and Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood to 4th and 5th respectively.

Although the 52 footers put their foot down and drew away in the next race, Rolf Heemskerk's Farr 40 The Next Factor managed to keep their time on them and by scoring two wins today, regains the overall IRC 1 class lead. Second place for Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood keeps them in the overall running and 3rd place for Sarab Singh's Welbourn 52 Windsikher II and 4th for Gordon Ketelbey's Ramrod, has them tied on 12 points and fighting over 2nd and 3rd overall in the rankings.

With owner Geoff Hill back onboard his Smith 72 Antipodes, the crew were keen to impress, so they hit the start line in front, with speed, and then never looked back, to secure their second win, in as many days, plus the overall lead in the Premier Cruising class, in the process. Doug Sallis' Hanse 575 Colie finished 30 minutes latter and slips back into 2nd overall and will have to regain their Race 1 form, to get back on top.

HH The Raja Muda Of Selangor, skippering the Beneteau 44.7 Fujin has been improving with every race, with a 5, 2, 1 score line, it was cheers all round, when they crossed the line, 10 minutes in front of 2nd placed and current overall leader, the Rahim brothers on the J 92S Nijinsky. There is still a lot of work to do, as Simon Piff's Lauranus L34 Rainbow Dream Iocked into 3rd place and holds onto 2nd overall, by one point from the Royal yacht Fujin. The Malaysian media are constantly asking will the RM win, but as there is possibly 6 races to go, it's any bodies guess, how this will pan out.

Although Rama's Dehler 34 V.G.Offshore is on the comeback trail and led around the course, Lucas van Maarschalkerweerd's X-342 Minx, corrected out in front by 7 minutes and the overall Cruising Class leader Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly, jumped up into 2nd place by a mere 16 seconds. Reducing V.G.Offshore to 3rd place and if anyone wants to make an impression on Lady Bubbly's, lead they will have to do it soon and sandwich several yachts between them. Last year, unfortunately Lady Bubbly crew member Steven Lonie passed away during the race and this year his wife and daughter have come to race in Penang on Lady Bubbly, in memory of Steve and present the commemorative prizes.

The defending champion, Royal Malaysian Armed Forces Contessa 32OD Marikh skippered by Hasani Hassan, is keeping a clean sheet, with three bullets in a row, in the Classic Class. Shah Azlan's Westerly Storm 33 Tofan came good today for 2nd place and eventually Dato Richard Curtis 100 year old Bristol cutter Eveline skippered by Goran Leif, got around the first mark and last to finish the course to earn 3rd place. David McKeown's classic Stow 78 Rona didn't race today, as they were probably recovering from winning the rickshaw racing yesterday, around Straits Quay Marina and celebrations afterwards.

Two Multihull's have joined in Penang and had a difficult debut. On the first race Norma Noordin skippering the Lightwave 38 Out Of The Blue II, with the Port Klang Sea Scouts onboard, got washed away in the current and didn't make it to the start line. Pete Waa's Stealth 11.8m Java, got caught in the doldrums and persisted on the first beat to the shortened finish line. Better circumstances on the second windward / leeward race, when Waa's Java completely out sailed Out Of The Blue II, finishing an hour and fifteen minutes in front, to lead the class. Perhaps Out Of The Blue II will do better in the straight line passage race to Langkawi.

Tomorrow the fleet embark on Passage Race 3, from Penang to duty free Langkawi, which is followed by 2 days of harbour racing before we call an end to festivities, on this 30th edition.

Each yacht is fitted with Yellow Brick Tracking units and you can follow on 21st November from 1200hrs (HK Time) Enjoy!

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