Lankawi day one

Report from Malysia

Wednesday March 12th 2003, Author: Event Press, Location: Australasia
The 8 to 12 knot North Easterly provided an exciting days racing for all yachts on the first day of Royal Lankawi International Regatta. As the breeze subsided during the afternoons second race it proved to be a bit tricky for the racing classes as it moved round to the east but virtually produced the same results as the morning race.

In the racing class Peter Ahern's Yo! from the Racing Yacht Club in Port Dickson continued on their winning ways with two first places in today's opening rounds. Aussie Ray Roberts on Luna Nouva took 2 seconds and Neil Pryde's Hi-Fidelity and Hannes Waimers Farr 40 Jativa exchanged 3rd and 4th places respectively.

Amir Zohri's Gotcha Lagi! also took two wins in Cruising A with Nick Band's Emerald Blue and Jeremy Camps Cabaret 5 sharing 2nd and 3rd places respectively during the 2 races held today to finish up holding the same order.

In the much fancied Sports Class Mark Jewell's The Dogs II won race 1 convincingly but droped down to 6th in race 2 to end up in second place overall. S/Lt Mohamed Hamdan from the Royal Malaysian Navy fired off a consistent 2nd and 3rd to top the overnight leaderboard. The best performers in the all ladies teams was Dewi Bayu with Tiffany Koo on the helm finished the day with a 4th and 5th place to end up 3rd overall. Lee Yew Liong's Aealian won race two but his 8th Place in race 1 saw them relegated to 5th overall.

The differing speeds of the nine multihull yachts saw them stretched around the course and the leaders were favoured as the breeze faded. Claes Nilsson's large trimaran Papillon II took the handicap honours while Tim Milner's Charro took Line Honours to finish 2nd overall. Phukets Mark Harwood on Ceberus filled 3rd place and looks set for a good outing at this inaugural regatta.

In Cruising B Donald Radclliffe's Klondike raced off to a handy lead in the early stages to convincingly take Line and Handicap honours from Michele Pippen's Simpatico with the Royal Port Dickson's youth team on Mike Downard's Tag slipping into 3rd place for the day.

Most of the competitors in the Cruising Live Aboard and Long Keel classes failed to finish as the breeze faded which left Blue Jay with a double wishbone rig skippered by R. Javis to fill first place, Kevan Perrins Rusalka second after taking Line Honours and Bruce Carmichael's Rock & Blues third.

The second day of racing tomorrow sees all the classes going around the same course which should provide the competitors with plenty of thrills and spills and the photographers with some good shots.

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