In the four racing days of the 15th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2017 the Racing, IRC1, IRC2 and Sportsboats classes competed in seven races for each category. The Multihulls raced six times, the Club Cruisers five times and the Ocean Rovers and White Sails had four races.
“We had more races than we thought at the beginning of the week,” noted Simon James (Principal Race Officer), with those early races ultimately ensuring sufficient race numbers for the regatta. “So, the sailors are happy and that is the important thing. Besides, the facilities in the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club are fantastic, we can sail out of the marina which makes the logistics very easy. And we had a really great management team”.
THA 72’s first time at the RLIR was rewarded with the Prime Minister’s Challenge Trophy for the Racing class, winning every single race during this regatta. Emagine came in second and Black Baza, another newcomer to the RLIR took third place. Mata Hari KL Registry racing this year in the IRC1 class came first, taking the LADA-IRC Challenge Trophy over Insanity and PhPlus.
The IRC-2 Challenge Trophy was claimed by Phoenix. Old Pulteney Blue Angel settled for second place ahead of Sailescapes Fargo Ladies. The teams in the Sportsboats class took turns for line honours throughout the week, but the RSYC Team finally won the Langkawi Sports Trophy for this class. Tantrum Too outclassed Fetz Ma and Mojo, winning all six races in the Multihull class, taking home the Malaysian Multihull Challenge Cup.
The RLYC Commodore’s Challenge Cup went to VG Offshore winning three of five races in the Club Cruisers class. Freedom 12 took the Ocean Rover title and Invictus Reward made a clean sweep of the White Sail Class.
Tayfun Koksal, the General Manager of the RLYC, said “The day we had no race turned out to be a great day for all the sailors to meet old and make new friends at our famous Charlie’s Bar & Grill located on the lower ground floor of the newly built Fisherman’s Wharf, a new landmark in Langkawi populated with a variety of restaurants, shops, entertainment and a yacht club hotel with 44 rooms from Courtyard, Skylight, Seaview and Hill View rooms. He further added, “I am also very pleased that we had a final race on the last day despite the mediocre wind conditions. It was my first regatta at the RLYC and I am very happy to see one of the newcomers winning all races in the Racing class. We hope that in 2018 we get more participants and many more newcomers.
RLIR 2017 is grateful for the continued support of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia and Tourism Malaysia, Ministry of Youth & Sports Malaysia and the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), as well as its commercial sponsors such as Volvo Car Malaysia Sdn Bhd, ECK Development Sdn Bhd, ETIKA Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Permanis Sandilands Sdn Bhd) and supporters. Media Partners are SEA Yachting, IMAGE asia, HOMME and TRAXXfm RTM.
The Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2017 is organised by the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC), sanctioned by World Sailing (formerly ISAF) and the Malaysian Sailing Association (MSA) and supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia. The RLIR is part of the Asian Yachting Circuit.
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