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15 February 2006, 02:46 pm
ROBERTS Impresses
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Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2006
Langkawi, Malaysia

Ray ROBERTS (AUS) and Ulumulu - Quantum Racing have all but wrapped up the honours at the Royal Langkawi International Regatta in Malaysia, with four bullets in a row putting them well clear of the other competitors on the Racing fleet.
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The light north easterly hung on throughout the morning for the Racing fleet to complete two windward/leeward courses and the cruisers, multihulls and sportsboats a lengthy passage race before eventually fading away to nothing. The skippers agreed to add another short windward/leeward course to the programme. Ulumulu - Quantum Racing, having won four races on the trot, faced the possibility of putting the series in doubt when skipper ROBERTS agreed with the others in a act of good sportsmanship to have another race.

After sweating it out for the last few days the Swedish sailors on the VO 60 Ericsson rebounded with a first and fastest in the extra race. The Royal Malaysian Navy on Zuhrah have been improving with every outing and secured second place in front of ROBERTS, which spoiled his almost perfect score line. As far as the points tally goes Ulumulu - Quantum Racing have all but virtually won the racing class and are off to sunny Spain but second place is still up for grabs. Ericsson and Zuhrah are tied on 14 points and Mahligai only one point adrift on 15 after jumping up into second place in race four.

La Samudra Dominant

As David LINDAHL's (GBR) Swan 40 La Samudra has won every race in this Premier Racing fleet they can now be crowned the winner, although they only faced one other competitor - Keith GARRY's (MAS) Beaux Esprits.

Mohd MASYURI RAHMAT (MAS) recovered from yesterday's defeat in the Sportsboat with a commanding victory today for the RM Navy on KDP II to take back the overall lead in the class. Japan's Kenichi TAKAHASHI on Motomet stayed in the hunt with a well earned second place and is now tied with Matthew RICKARD's (MAS) Sail in Asia UK Team who finished third in today's race for second place overall on six points apiece. Tomorrows deciding race will determine the eventual podium positions.

There was no change at the top of the IRC leaderboard with Kevin GILLOW's (AUS) Minx scoring their fourth win in a row. After scoring three thirds so far the Selangor Youth Team on Gapurna Mas Ayu II managed to leapfrog Stuart CROW's (GBR) Cinders into second place and relegate them into third place this time around.

Multihull Honours Shared

Under the two handicap systems being used for the multihulls, Roger KINGDON's (GBR) Motor Inzi won the Ocean Multihull Rating system and Kazuo KOBAYASHI's (JPN) chartered Chameleon won the Performance Handicap system. Larry POLLOCK's (USA) Running Cloud stays in the running under both systems and has performed very well for a older boat amongst the newer breed of racers.

In the Club Cruising fleet Grenville FORDHAM's (THA) line and handicap win today on Image Asia Jemini Jo has broken the tie which existed coming into today's race. Philip GILES (AUS) on Nom de Plume managed a second place and E A Y HEUVEL's (NED) big Swan 58 Bolero dropped back to third in the dying breeze. As only one point separates the top places it is up to tomorrow's final race to determine the overall positions.

After a tactically demanding performance amongst the Ocean Rovers, Kevin PERRINS' (GBR) Rusalka rebounded to score his second win of the series and take back the overall lead coming into tomorrow's final race. Des KEARN's (AUS) Harlander 45 Isobar Lee Marine scored second place and is only one point behind the leader. After yesterday's win Eric KADING's (USA) Fat Cat jumped into contention, but today's third place puts them into third overall and will have to put in a big performance on the last race to get back up again.

Asian Yachting (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Action from Malaysia:© HO Shu Fen
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