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16 February 2006, 12:33 pm
Finishing Up On A High Note
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Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2006
Langkawi, Malaysia

Despite the light prevailing winds throughout the week the scheduled race programme at the Royal Langkawi International Regatta in Malaysia was successfully completed. The racing turned into a tactical battle of whits and generally the leaders across the fleets managed to finish before the wind faded to hold onto their advantage.
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A little luck also played a role in determining the winners. The Race Management team lead by Aussie Mark PRYKE did a wonderful job of accommodating everybody's wishes and encouraged interaction between the committee and competitors which contributed to the events enjoyment and overall success.

ROBERTS Wraps Things Up

Although Ray ROBERTS' (AUS) Ulumulu - Quantum Racing Team had technically won the class yesterday they went out full of confidence to cap of a good four days racing. The Royal Malaysian Navy's Zuhrah skippered by Malik SULAIMAN (MAS) have been steadily improving their crew work and boat speed throughout the series to achieve the inevitable and win the final race on handicap. High fives all around. Thomas BLIXT's (SWE) VO 60 Ericsson took line honours, although the boat is better suited to heavier winds and had to settle on third place on the day and overall on the podium.

In general the racing was very close despite only four entrants and although ROBERTS and his team are off to sunny Spain courtesy of BMW, a few interesting synergies have developed from the regatta. The visiting Swedish VO 60 for all to see in South East Asia for the first time and the Royal Malaysian Navy Team scoring one line and one handicap win amongst the top class International competition. The combination of Troy YAW's (MAS) Ulumulu team from Sarawak with ROBERTS successful Aussie Quantum Racing Team not only produced the goods but has helped some Malaysian sailors to experience what top flight racing is all about in their own country.

David LINDAHL's (GBR) Swan 40 La Samudra won every race in a two horse Premier Cruising battle, whilst in the Sportsboats, despite Mohd MASYURI RAHMAT's (MAS) KDP II finishing with a second place today, the Royal Malaysian Navy entrant had done enough in earlier races to secure overall victory by two points. Matthew RICKARD's (MAS) Sail in Asia UK Team finished first today to take a well earned second spot overall on the podium. After a slow start Japan's Kenichi TAKAHASHI on Motomet placed third which broke the earlier tie and had to settle on third place overall.

Kevin GILLOW's (AUS) Minx, helmed by his daughter Mia, completed a five race rout of the IRC opposition to finish up with a clean sheet. Stuart CROW's (GBR) Cinders scored an earlier string of second places to earn him second place on the podium despite a fourth place today. The Selangor Youth Team on Gapurna Mas Ayu II have consistently scored third to take third overall and have learned allot from this experience to take back home and pass onto other intending sailors.

Motor Inzi Dominant Multihull

Roger KINGDON's (GBR) spectacular performance on Motor Inzi continues by taking out both the Performance Handicap Class and the Ocean Multihull Rating system. Henry KAYE's (GBR) trimaran The Sting came to the fore today by earning a first place in performance and second in OMR to lift him into third place overall. Kazuo KOBAYASHI's (JPN) chartered Chameleon may have finished up third today but has scored consistently to take second overall under both handicap systems and came within a bull's roar of beating Motor Inzi, overall but lost out in a countback to break a tie. Larry POLLOCK's (USA) Running Cloud has been in and around the top places all week to finish up with third place in the OMR class.

Grenville FORDHAM's (THA) second line and handicap win on Image Asia Jemini Jo sealed Club Cruising victory for them, meaning they will take the Commodore's Challenge Cup back to Phuket. Philip GILES (AUS) on Nom de Plume was never far behind to miss out by one point and take second place overall. After a good start E A Y HEUVEL's (NED) big Swan 58 Bolero suffered in the lighter conditions to end in third on the podium.

Kevin PERRINS' (GBR) Rusalka added another win to their earlier two wins to secure the Ocean Rover title in fine style. Des KEARN's (AUS) Harlander 45 Isobar Lee Marine has consistently scored second place to end up in second place on the podium. Despite scoring a fifth today Eric KADING's (USA) Fat Cat win in race two keeps them in third overall.

Asian Yachting (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Ulumulu - Quantum Racing Team was the star of the show in Malaysia:© HO Shu Fen/www.shufen.net
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