Race 1 to Pangkor...
Breeze from the south’, said the forecast, but that didn’t happen! PRO Jerry Rollin was very happy to lay a line at the mouth of the Klang River in very much the same place as usual, and was very happy to begin the start sequence on time and with 10kts of breeze from the west. Classics, Premier Cruisers and the various IRC divisions all headed northwest on a close reach towards Pangkor.
And that’s just about it.... Steve Manning, skippering Red Rum (A40, Class 4) said “there was breeze at the start, there was breeze at the end, and there was breeze in the middle. It was only after we had finished that it died.” Be thankful that the finish line is no longer right outside the anchorage at Pasir Bogok (Pangkor); it was moved south by 21nm some years ago! “The breeze started to go south about three-quarters of the way up the course, just about when the tide turned, so it wasn’t a tough tactical decision: we gybed once, gybed twice, and laid the finish line.” A quick look at the tracker (www.ybtracking.com, and select Raja Muda 2018) tells the same story for the rest of the fleet.
First across the finish line at 19.30.04 was the ORMA60, Scallywag Fuku
bld, but as the Multihull class only starts at Penang, she wasn’t
actually racing and that doesn’t count for line honours. First racer to
finish was Geoff Hill’s Antipodes at 21.18.41, but Sarab Jeet Singh’s
Windsikher finished at 21.21.51 having started five mins behind
Antipodes, and claims Line Honours on an Elapsed Time basis. Singh has
scooped up the Raja Muda Cup for the last three years, and is gunning
for four in a row – nobody has done that before. [Ed: Neil Pryde racked
up three in a row 2008-10 with HiFi (Windsikher’s previous name) as well
as 2005, making this by far the most successful boat in the 28 year
history of the regatta. First blood for 2018 in the IRC 1 class goes to Fred Kinmonth and Nick
Burns’ Mandrake III, and they will be looking for a third title on the
Honours Board back at the RSYC.
This is undoubtedly the fastest race to Pangkor for the fleet as a whole. At 0200h this morning the volume was UP and there were an impressive number of green tins on the tables at the celebrated Seaview Resort. Probably the curtains are drawn in a good many rooms right now. The sun is shining, and the fleet is peacefully at anchor in pretty Pasir Bogok. There’s a party tonight (of course), and tomorrow’s race heads for Penang, and a stopover at Straits Quay Marina.more pictures at https://www.sail-world.com/news/212312/Port-Klang-...
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