Bright sunlight, clear blue skies and a freshening north westerly greeted the racers on the final day of competition at the Asean Regatta 2001.
A sailors delight. The eight top South East Asian keelboat racing teams assembled here were keen to get going.
After 2 days of racing the crews have fine tuned their manoeuvres which is reflected in the results with only seconds separating some of the top places. Peter Ahern's Yo! took out the daily double of line and handicap honours in race 5 to bump them up to second overall on the leaderboard. Hannes Waimer's DK 42 finished second to maintain a 3 point advantage over Yo! in the points tally. Close on their heels was Keith Moore's new Farr 40 Pla Loma and the results in the remaining races would determine the winner from these three top racing campaigns.
Hannes Waimer's well prepared DK 42 showed some slick crew work to take the honours in race 6 and steal a series victory with a 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1 score sheet. A fast finishing Pla Loma took 2nd and line honours Yo! displaced to 3rd for race 6 with the order being reversed in the overall tally. The early race 1 & 2 winner The Dogs II could only manage to string three 4th places together since and Impiana won the battle of the Beneteau yachts mid field and last years winner a Sydney 36 now re-christened Hai Min by her new owner Ken Kerr suffered some serious sail damage to finish down the order.
Unfortunately due to mechanical problems on the mark laying boats race officer Chris Kelly had no option other than to cancel race 7 and call an end to the days proceedings. A little disappointing as the breeze had freshened to 15 knots and the crews where looking forward to measure their performance in the stronger breeze.
Hannes Waimer's win of the Asean Regatta II on the DK 42 signifies a new era for his factory racing team from Malacca who have been responsible for setting the pace around here lately and fired a loud warning shot at the other racing class yachts expected to compete on the Asian Yachting Circuit 2001/02 beginning with Malaysia's own Raja Muda International Regatta in two weeks time.
Pos Boat Name Crew CHS R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Pts
1 Dk 42, Hannes Waimer 1.197 3 2 1 1 2 1, 7 pts
2 YO!, Peter Ahern 1.233 2 5 3 3 1 3, 12 pts
3 Pla Loma, Keith Moore 1.183 6 3 2 2 3 2, 12 pts
4 The Dogs II, Mark Jewell 1.035 1 1 4 4 4 6, 14 pts
5 DK Mumm 30, John Lightfoot 1.092 4 4 OCS OCS 5 5, 27 pts
6 Impiana, Andrew Findlay 1.073 5 6 5 OCS 7 4, 27 pts
7 Hai Min, Ken Kerr 1.076 7 7 DNF DNC 6 7, 36 pts
8 Yendys, Martin Axe 1.182 8 8 6 OCS 8 8, 38 pts