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20 November 2002, 10:12 am
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Raja Muda International Regatta

Infinity, Gotcha Lagi! and Irvmiren each take second consecutive bullet after Race 2 at the Raja Muda International Regatta.
The Raju Muda International Regatta consists of a series of passage races, followed by round-the-cans this coming Friday and Saturday. We bring you the report from passage race 2, Pangkor to Pinang.

A lurking 30 knot tropical thunderstorm hits the fleet.
What started with a building afternoon seabreeze soon turned nasty as one of the many roaming thunderstorms crossed the course halfway along, forcing the yacht crews to take on a full scale tropical downpour along with thunder, lightning and over 30 knots of wind. Many of the long time participants have concurred that it was probably one the toughest legs ever to be experienced during the RMIR. First to retire was Tengku Nazim's F31 with mast damage from rigging failure then lightening struck the Thai's on Pasaya and Ayahudin's Chantique making their electronic systems next to useless. Several yachts experienced torn sails and one had to be towed to Pinang in the remaining 2 meter rolly seas.

Racing Class
A surprise change in fortunes saw Peter Cremers new Warwick 55 Shahtoosh weather the conditions the best to take 1st place in the racing classes after being promoted from the Cruising Class at the start of the regatta. Warwick Downes Sydney 38 Stella took second place again to beat Amir Zorhi's fast finishing Leg 1 winner Gotcha Lagi! by a mere 5 seconds this time around. Hong Kongs Frank Pong on Jelik completed the 70 mile straight line course in 8:39:23 to capture his second line honours title in the regatta.

Cruising Class
Hans Hvide magnificent Swann 68 Ivmiren revelled in the stormy conditions to take out a run away win from Jim Eberhart's Infinity the winner of Class B and Mike Downard's crew on Bourgeouis Tag made a quick impression on and off the water after only joining the regatta from this leg onwards. Colin Lane's newly acquired Integrity 11 took 4th overall plus 2nd in Class B and is very pleased with their heavy weather performance to bounce them up the rankings.

Classic Class
As Eveline and My Toy had gone to the aid of the stricken Chantique and the committee where involved with the late finishers and a rescue exercise through out the morning the results have not been finalised for this class at the time of releasing this report. The next exciting instalment of the RMIR 2002 continues when racing resumes on Wednesday night from Pulau Pinang the Pearl of the Orient to the Legendary and duty free Islands of Langkawi.
Today, Wednesday 20 November, Race 3 starts from Penang to Langkawi.
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