Penang inshore races pay homage to memory of Faye Khoo
Grey skies and good gusts greeted sailors for the two Penang in-shore races PRO Simon James held in the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta today.
The races are held in honour of the late Faye Kho, a long-time regatta participant who passed away a few years back due to cancer. Not only was she a great human being, and a great friend to the regatta, but she also compiled a wonderful and colourful book on the history of the regatta.
The first race, which got underway right at midday, was a two-lap windward leeward that all competitors sailed with classes one thru three getting the first start followed shortly after by classes four thru six.
The second race saw classes one and two sail course eight: classes three and four sail course five; and classes five and six sail course two – a veritable mixed bag. The strong wind that greeted the sailors earlier the day died down by mid-afternoon making it difficult for Lady Bubbly and Sitka to make the finish line.
After four races, the four-boat class one has Rolf Heemskerk’s The Next Factor (a Farr 40) in the lead with three victories and a second-place finish. Nick Burns’s Witchcraft (a Mills King 40) sits in second spot with a first, two seconds, and a third-place finish. Burns is sailing in his twelfth Raja Muda and hoping to win it for the fourth time, winning it previously on different versions of Mandrake.
The Malaysian Navy’s Uranus, skippered by Hanif Husain, though it has looked fast on the water is third when corrected time is applied with two thirds, a second and a fourth-place finish. Steve McConaghy’s Aftershock (a Davidson 55) brings up the pack with three four-place finishes and a third-place finish.
The two-boat class two (Premier IRC Cruising) pitting the two sleekest boats on the regatta together has Peter Cremers’ Shatoosh (a Warwick 75) beating out Hans Rahmann’s custom-built Yasooda, in all four races so far.
The rest of the classes are almost dominated by one yacht as well.
The three-boat class three (Sports IRC) has Lee Yi Min’s Silhouette (a First 40.7) winning all four races followed by Steve Manning’s Red Rum One (an Archambault A4ORC) with three seconds and a third ensconced comfortably in second spot and Max Palleschi’s Prime Factor (a Farr 40) in third with three thirds and a second-place finish.
The three-boat class four (Sports non-IRC) has Chris Mitchell’s Lady Bubbly (a Naut 40) winning all but one race, finishing second in the other. Karan Khara’s Sitka (a Sun Odyssey 429) is second with two seconds, a first and a third-place finish. Sonny Soh’s Lady Elluanne (a Jeanneau 54) didn’t sail today so her results from the first two passage races – a third & second-place finish - leave her in third spot. Lady Bubbly’s Chris Mitchell had a health scare today but we are happy to report that he is A-Okay now and ready to get back on the water.
The three-boat class five (Cruising non-IRC) has Dash (a Yamaha 36) winning every race but one, where it finished second. Rama’s VG Offshore (a Dehler 38) is next, finishing second in every race except for the race it won, and Ken Yap’s Millennium 2 (a Hunter 326) sits in third, as it has come last in every race.
Class six has Hasani Hassan’s (Mavy team) Marikh (a Contesa 32) in first spot with three wins and a second-place finish. RMP’s Penarik (a Catalina 30) sits in second with two seconds, a first and third-place finish, with Shah Azlan Ramli’s Tofan (a Westerly Storm 33) is in third with three third-place finishes and a second.
The Malaysian Navy team won the famous Raja Muda Healey Mac rickshaw races on the boardwalk of Penang’s Straits Quay Marina yesterday, and tonight’s prize-giving took place at the Khoo Kongsi Chinese temple as it does every year. Aside from being a cultural mecca, parts of the Hollywood film Anna and the King starring Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat were filmed there.
The regatta was founded in 1990 and has only missed one year, 2020, due to the COVID pandemic. Entries were light in 2021 because of the tough entry requirements getting to Malaysia but now things are back again in full swing.
Highly renowned sailing official Roger Wilson has flown in from the UK again this year to act as an arbitrator should any disputes arise during the regatta.