Some of the slower boats in the Club Cruising and White Sail classes especially, set out to sail earlier for the longer than usual race route.
Tayfun Koksal, RLIR 2019 Regatta Director said the around the island course is challenging and tricky as wind conditions change, in particular when sailing teams enter the narrow channel at Dayang Bunting which is protected by islands.
“This is the race all sailing teams look forward to, as, besides sailing, they enjoy the scenic view and also get to assess and improve their sailing skills, and they can only do this course when the winds are strong.”
“The Racing Class seems to be in the firm hands of Team Hollywood – as they have won six races thus far – making them a clear favourite for the Prime Minister’s Challenge Trophy. However, IRC 1 which had anticipated a close fight between Mata Hari KL Registry and Char Chan, appears now to have a third challenger with MegaZip from Russia as this team is holding on to its second spot after three days of racing,” he said.
The top placed sailing team will win the coveted Prime Minister’s Challenge Trophy (Racing class) upon an aggregated of best scores under this category, at the end of the week.
Day two and day three winners from every class were presented with prizes today, by media partners namely Homme Productions, Sea Yachting Magazine, Digital Vision Advertising and LANGKAWI FM.
The 17th Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) 2019 is ongoing in Kuah, Kedah between 8 and 12 January 2019.
Organised by the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC), the RLIR 2019 saw 35 new entrants and the re-emergence of veteran sailors from 8 countries – Australia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, and Thailand.
Malaysia is represented by 19 sailing boats.
Participating teams compete in seven classes such as the Racing Class, IRC 1, IRC 2, Sportsboat, Club Cruising, Multihull, and White Sail.
Trophies and awards include the coveted Prime Minister’s Challenge Trophy (Racing Class), the LADA-International Racing Class Challenge Trophy (IRC 1 Class), RLIR-International Racing Class Challenge Trophy (IRC 2 Class), the Commodore’s Challenge Cup (Club Cruising Class), Langkawi Sports Trophy (Sportsboat Class), as well as the Malaysia Multihull Challenge Cup (Multihull Class).
RLIR 2019 is organised in partnership with Tourism Malaysia, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia, the Malaysia Sailing Association and the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA).
Overall standings after Race Day Three for all classes:
Racing Class (Prime Minister’s Challenge Trophy)
- Team Hollywood, skippered by Ray Roberts – score of 5
- THA72, skippered by Kevin Whitcraft – score of 10
- SCS Janda Baik, skippered by Mohd Khairul and Shahril Zakaria – score of 18
LADA-IRC Challenge Trophy (IRC 1 class)
- Mata Hari KL Registry, skippered by Vincent Chan – score of 8
- MegaZip, skippered by Alexey Mashkin – score of 11
- Char Chan, skippered by Kazuki Kihara – score of 12
RLIR-IRC Challenge Trophy (IRC 2 class)
- APW Endeavour of Whitby, skippered by Stuart Williamson – score of 8
- Phoenix, skippered by Niels Degenkolw – score of 9
- The Blue Angel, skippered by Jeremy Camps – score of 11
Commodore’s Challenge Cup (Club Cruising class)
- Iseulta, skippered by Tristram Denyer – score of 8
- VG Offshore, skippered by Rama Menon – score of 12
- Marikh, skippered by Hasani Hassan – score of 12
Langkawi Sports Trophy (Sportsboat class)
- MSA Team, skippered by Muhd Uzzair Amin – score of 6
- Navy 1, skippered by Harisfabillah Muhamat – score of 11
- RSYC Team, skippered by Rizal Mahadi Sazli – score of 12
Malaysia Multihull Challenge Cup (Multihull class)
- Fugazi, skippered by Dan Fidock – score of 6
- Twin Sharks, skippered by John Newnham – score of 8
- Allegro, skippered by Bob McIntyre – score of 16
- Chantique, skippered by A’dale Adham Ayahudin – score of 6
- Eveline, skippered by Dato’ Richard Curtis – score of 9
- Linda, skippered by Woodrow Jack Christensen – score of 10
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by Royal Langkawi Yacht Club