Published: Monday, 24 November 2014

Shifty winds in Kuah Harbour, Langkawi made for some interesting racing on Nov 22, the final day of the 2014 Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta (RMSIR).

Bill Bremner’s Foxy Lady VI emerged as the winner to retain the respective Class One title and the Raja Muda Cup while Geoff Hill’s Antipodes snatched the Class Two title and the Jugra Challenge Cup for the first time.

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The other winners were:

Class Three (The Dato’ Abdul Aziz Ismail Challenge Trophy) – Gordon Ketelby’s Fujin

Class Four (The JCC RE Challenge Trophy) – Mike Downard’s Piccolo        

Class Five (The Royal Langkawi Yacht Club Cup) – Philip Auger’s Sophia

Class Six (The Eveline Trophy) – Barry Wickett’s Kay Sira

Class Seven (The Westports Cup) – Rolf Heemskerk’s Hurricane      

The Mount Gay Passage Race Award – Gordon Ketelby’s Fujin

The harbour races in Langkawi had wind speeds averaging 8 knots. However, unreliable winds saw the Class One and Class Two boats having to put up with only one race instead of two on the penultimate day, and a fair bit of waiting on the last day for the start and end buoys to be moved around the course to make things work for three races.

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The Sultan of Selangor, HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, presented the Raja Muda Cup for Class One and the Jugra Cup for Class Two to the winners at the awards ceremony held at Bella Vista Waterfront and Spa. The Selangor Sultan is the patron of the RMSIR and the Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC).

This year’s regatta had a rough start after the start from Port Klang on Nov 15. The race to Pangkor saw the boats deluged by a downpour, which took the winds with it leaving many yachts flailing.

The 65-nautical mile (120.38km) second passage race from Pangkor to Langkawi turned out to be a punishing one with the wind disappearing at one point, leaving the fleet parked out in the water for almost five hours. The boats eventually made it to Penang on some light winds, in one of the slowest passage races in the regatta’s 25-year history.

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Thankfully, there were strong winds for the final passage race to Langkawi, which helped all the boats get in quickly and in good time.

The RMSIR spans a total of 260 miles (418.43km) with unpredictable winds, weather and tide making its passage and harbour races an interesting challenge. The 2014 RMSIR had 40 boats from 11 countries fiercely vying for honours in this world-class event that moves from the start point of Port Klang to the islands of Pangkor, Penang and Langkawi in an attempt to win the prestigious Raja Muda Cup, among other prizes.

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The Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC) is commemorating the RMSIR’s 25th anniversary with a book, which takes a fond look at the history and the legacy of the regatta.