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24 November 2002, 08:23 am
What Started with a Bang Finishes with a Fizz
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Raja Muda International Regatta

After the previous day's races being postponed the race committee tried in vain to fit in 4 races yesterday on the last day of racing.

As the wind gods were uncooperative once again only 2 races could be completed in 4 to 9 knots of variable breeze to complete the series.

Racing Class

Frank Pong's Jelik blitzed the course to take line and handicap honours in race 4 by a mere 16 seconds from Warwick Downes on Stella. Chris Gee's Matahari followed in another 16 seconds and only 2 minutes separated the top 6 finishers.
Race 5 saw Stuart Harrison's Mumm 30 Panic jump into first place and once again relegate Stella to second place by 19 seconds this time. Jelik filled third and Matahari a well earned 4th.

Overall - This year it's Stella

The 2002 Overall RMIR champion is Warwick Downes and his crew on the Sydney 38 Stella with 4 seconds and one first. Amir Zohri's Gotcha Lagi! hung onto second place for a consecutive year and Frank Pong's big performance on the windward/leewards displaced Dato Razif's Piccolo to forth place overall in the racing classes. Stella also took out racing A and Gotcha Lagi! racing class B.

Cruising Class A

Hans Hvide's big Swann 68 Irvmiren made it a clean sweep with 4 wins from Warren Ritchie's Vela who managed to claw back a win in race 4 to stay in front of Mike Downard's Bourgeouis Tag. The all girl crew on Dewi Bayu maybe disappointed with their performance on the water but made up for it by attracting the most media coverage in the local press.

Cruising Class B

Jim Eberhart's Infinity placed first overall despite sharing the honours today with Steve Dimmer's Windfall who took second overall. Mike Lane's Integrity II jumped up to third overall after El Sea decided to withdraw from today's race. Ayahudin's Chantique resumed racing after repairs had been completed from the lightning strike received on Leg 2 to Pinang.

Classic Class

The Royal Malaysian Navy's Dondang Sayang skippered by Mohd Hamdan took the overall honours from Musytari skippered by Chin A/L In with a mixed bag of results. Eveline and My Toy followed after withdrawing to assist Chantique and as the wind died watched their chances all but disappear.

As another year draws to a end the RSYC must be congratulated for continuing to organise this unique event. The mixture of overnight passage races with day racing windward leewards has drawn upon all the sailing skills necessary to safely pilot a racing yacht in all conditions. A true test of the crews seamanship as well as their racing qualities.

Full results can be found at the event website below:

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