Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Raja Muda race 1 - sail changes, anchors, and rain

by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia on 20 Nov 2012
Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta 2012 Guy Nowell / RMSIR
Start
Down came the rain. Torrential rain. And then more rain – and we hadn’t even got to the starting area at the mouth of the Klang River. After a few grey, dry, moments as the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta 2012 bade farewell to the Royal Selangor Yacht Club, the heavens opened with such enthusiasm that the camera boat couldn’t even find the Committee Boat.



Of course, being tropical, it didn’t last forever. By the time the first start at 1100h came due it had become just ‘regular’ rain spattering the coffee-coloured river and giving everyone cause to wonder what breeze would be left when it stopped. The answer was a perfectly sensible 6-8 knots as classes 5 and 6 were swept broadside towards the line by a 4-knot current and headed up the coast in the direction of Pangkor, 90nm away.

There is a photographer’s dictum that says ‘for good photographs you need three things: wind, sun and waves. Only two is manageable, but only one by itself doesn’t work. Take a look at the pictures.

Two hours later, and it was time to start classes 4, 2, and 1. By then the rain had indeed stopped, but it still didn’t look very exciting. There was breeze in the starting area, but the rest of the fleet were still visible a couple of miles up the track, some with spinnakers drooping, some without, and everyone pointing in different directions.

Back on the start line, it was the Royal Malaysian Navy’s DK47 Utarid on the front row, but quickly rolled by first EFG Bank Mandrake and then Foxy Lady, chasing the big boats in class 2 – Antipodes, Baby Tonga, Australian Maid and No Name.

Fast Forward
The peripatetic nature of the Raja Muda requires that once a passage race is under way, the first organisational consideration is to get the RO to the finish as fast as possible, and in case faster than the first finisher. This year the support logistics are being run by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency – that’s the Coastguard to you and me. The Committee Boat is a 60’ RFB high speed Search and Rescue vessel. Up came the anchor, down went the throttles, and off we went. Three hours later we were at Pangkor, dropping off the RO and team on the finish boat.

Meanwhile, back on the racetrack, everyone was having a tough time of it. ‘We had everything from zero to 30 knots of breeze, and it came from every direction.’ There were even a few of the mandatory west coast thunderstorms known as ‘Sumatras’ to spice up the meteo. There were fishing nets strung across the course, and plenty of boats found them. KukuKERchu was the second finisher, but not before she had spent some 20 minutes disentangling herself from nets – and if anyone was wondering why Adam Minoprio (WMRT Champion and recently VOR Camper crewman) was later seen wearing the Kukus’ ‘Most (non) Valuable Player’ Garfield t-shirt – yes, it was to do with fishing nets. There were even nets around the finish line, but the RO assures us that he didn’t arrange it that way.

The biggest boat in the fleet, Geoff Hill’s 76’ Antipodes, claimed line honours for the day after almost 14 hours, and also took out first place in Premier Cruising.

The winner of class one was the Beneteau 44.7 Ichiban, on charter to David Fuller, and boasting Jamie Wilmot among her crew. Ichiban played the ‘buffalo girls’ card and came back from nowhere to glory, winning on corrected time by 32 minutes in front of EFG Bank Mandrake.

So, all in all, business as usual for the first leg of the Raja Muda. One very technical sailor described it as ‘technical.’ Other words we heard on the terrace of the Sea View Resort were ‘frustrating’, infuriating’, and ‘hellish.’ Only two boats failed to make the 28 hours’ cut off. It wasn’t a race that demanded you ‘go out’ or ‘go in’. It was a race that required an exceptionally keen sense of where you were on the chart, a readiness to drop anchor very smartly, the ability to see the shifts were coming through, and tireless work on the sail changes – again, and again, and again…



After a gloriously sunny Sunday while crews relaxing on the terrace of the renowned Sea View Resort at Pasir Bogok, the trophies were handed out during a traditional Pangkor downpour.

Tomorrow: Pangkor to Penang. See you in the Pearl of the Orient.

















Short results

IRC1
1 Ichiban
2 EFG Bank Mandrake
3 KukuKERchu

IRC2
1 Antipodes
2 Australian Maid
3 Baby Tonga

IRC4
1 Nijinsky
2 Rainbow Dream
3 Skybird

Class 5
1 Virgo
2 Fortissimo 8
3 Free Wind

Class 6
1 Lady Bubbly
2 WYSIWYG
3 Kay Sira

Full results at www.rmsir.com

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignBarz Optics - Melanin LensesMackay Boats

Related Articles

Land Rover BAR Academy with big ambitions in Extreme Sailing Series
Land Rover BAR Academy today becomes the final team to join the line-up for the season opener in Muscat Land Rover BAR Academy today becomes the final team to join the line-up for the season opener in Muscat, as it launches its second campaign in the world's leading global Stadium Racing circuit.
Posted today at 3:28 pm
Oman Air crew eye podium finish in inaugural GC32 Championship
Oman Air will kick start their 2017 season in style as top-class sailing teams from across the globe converge on Muscat A new-look Oman Air will aim to kick start their 2017 season in style as top-class sailing teams from across the globe converge on Muscat, Oman, for the first ever GC32 Championship this week.
Posted today at 2:50 pm
JJ Giltinan 18fters - 'Magic' levers keep Yamaha competitive in Race 2
Dave McDiarmid and the crew of Yamaha NZ had an end to end win in Sunday's Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy Dave McDiarmid and the crew of Yamaha NZ had an end to end win in Sunday's Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy sailed on Sydney harbour. In contrast to the rain-marred first race, the 26 boat fleet from Australia, New Zealand, and the USA raced under clear skies and a 16-20kt southerly wind.
Posted today at 10:06 am
2017 RORC Caribbean 600 – More start images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright captured these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600. Tim Wright captured these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600 and along the course at St Barths, Barbuda and Redonda.
Posted on 26 Feb
2017 RORC Caribbean 600 start images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright captured these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600. Tim Wright captured these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600 and along the course at St Barths, Barbuda and Redonda.
Posted on 26 Feb
JJ Giltinan Trophy - 18ft skiff images from Race 2 in the fresh breeze
Michael Chittenden was riding on the Camera Cat for Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy for 18ft skiffs Michael Chittenden was riding on the Camera Cat for Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy for 18ft skiffs, and provided this image gallery for the day, in which Yamaha (NZ) took her second win from as many races in the seven race series. Today's race was sailed in a fresh offshore breeze, with yesterday's rain giving way to blue skies making for a magnificent day for skiff sailing.
Posted on 26 Feb
18ft skiffs - Yamaha has second win on Day 2 of JJ Giltinan Trophy
NZ champion Yamaha team tightened the grip on the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship NZ champion Yamaha team tightened the grip on the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship with another stunning victory in today’s Race 2 of the championship on Sydney Harbour. With eyes set firmly on becoming the first New Zealand team to win the coveted crown on Sydney Harbour, David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins sailed another faultless race to win by 1m14s
Posted on 26 Feb
Clipper Round the World - Meet the 2017-18 crew - Greg Schey
Greg Schey is well on road to achieving that dream, after completing third of four sail training levels this week “I’ve always wanted to sail around the world. Since I was knee high to a grasshopper, one thing that I’ve always said is that’s what I want to do.” Greg Schey, a 27-year-old doctor from Swansea, Wales, is well on the road to achieving that dream, after completing the third of four sail training levels this week ahead of setting off for full circumnavigation in the Clipper 2017-18 Race this summer.
Posted on 26 Feb
18ft Skiffs - JJ Giltinan Trophy - Replay coverage - Race 2
Replay coverage of Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs from Sydney harbour - sailing in 15kts Replay coverage of Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs from Sydney harbour - sailing in 15kts
Posted on 26 Feb
JJ Giltinan Trophy - More images from a funky Day 1 on Sydney Harbour
More images from Michael Chittenden from the first race of the 2017 JJ Giltinan Trophy on Sydney Harbour, Michael Chittenden was on the water for the first race of the 2017 JJ Giltinan Trophy on Sydney Harbour, sailed in a funky breeze, leaden skies and plenty of rain. Plus a 300 metre long cruise liner at one end of the course and a waka wall at the other
Posted on 25 Feb