Published: Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The 14th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2016 (Jan 11-16) got off to an exciting start with 37 boats on Day 1, of which 12 are newcomers to the regatta and 14 are locally-owned boats. 

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(Photo: Oi!/ Andy Leong Photography Studio)

Team Ulumulu with a young all-Malaysian crew skippered by Jeremy Koo made a comeback after almost a decade but faced competition from seasoned sailors Alive, Oi!, Millenium Racing, Trader, Team Ulumulu and Jelik in the Racing class. 

Alive took top honours ahead of the fleet and Oi!, the defending champion who made a clean sweep of all races last year, was disqualified in Race 2 for not keeping clear of Team Ulumulu at the windward mark.

In the IRC1 class, Fujin topped the class leaving Emagine and the Malaysian Armed Forces crew on Uranus in the second and third spot. 

“We’re hoping for light wind conditions over the next few days as that’s when we do best,” says Emagine Skipper Scot Bradley.

The new multihulls in the lineup made their mark with David Liddell’s WOW securing first place in both races of the day while Allegro came in second twice. 

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(Photo: Emagine/ Andy Leong Photography Studio)

“It was a really good start to the first day of races,” says Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC) Executive Director Wicky Sundram. “The winds are expected to be lighter this year throughout the week but these conditions are what some boats look forward to and so we're in for some exciting races and may see some surprising results.”

Teams will compete for the Prime Minister’s Challenge Trophy ­for Racing Class yachts, the Commodore’s Challenge Cup ­for participants of club-registered cruisers, the LADA-IRC Challenge Trophy ­for the IRC 1 Class, RLIR IRC2 Class Challenge Trophy ­for participants in the IRC2 Class, the Langkawi Sports Trophy in the Sports Boat Class and the Malaysian Multihull Challenge Cup in the Multihull category.

The Tunku Abdullah Sportsmanship Award will be presented to the best team for its competitiveness, fair racing and comradeship, on water and land, in memory of the late founding chairman and the first Commodore of RLYC, Almarhum Tunku Tan Sri Abdullah Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

RLIR 2016 is grateful for the continued support of the Ministry of Youth & Sport Malaysia, Tourism Malaysia and the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), as well as its commercial sponsors and supporters. 

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(Photo: Andy Leong Photography Studio)

The Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) 2016 is organised by the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC) and sanctioned by the ISAF and Malaysian Sailing Association (MSA), and supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia. The RLIR is part of the Asian Yachting Circuit.