RSYC MERDEKA REGATTA 2009
11 Yachts made it to the start line at Port Klang on Friday
August for the offshore race to the Sembilan Islands
A fresh South Westerly
breeze and helpful tide got everyone away smartly and when this turned into a
steady Northerly the racers were quick to take advantage on a long single tack
up the coast.
Sirius 1935, acting as the Race Control boat was motoring
gently and was surprised to be overtaken by Rapscallion at midnight. Baby Tonga, the largest entry lifted her
skirts and screamed over the finish line in 10 and a half hours. Half of the
fleet made it to the Sembilans before the wind died at around 10 o’clock in the
morning, and the rest retired and motored in to Pangkor.
A convincing double line honours and first place on
corrected time for Baby Tonga, with Mat Salleh second and Rapscallion
third. The smallest boat, a Hunter 26
Sri Rani eventually reached Pangkor in the afternoon. The kitchens at the popular Seaview Hotel and
Resort were cranked up to produce a hearty feast for the competitors in the
evening, generously sponsored by Club Member Jega
Muniandy’s Leopad Sdn Bhd.
The traditional National Day Race was held on Sunday 30th,
with the fleet being joined by the RMN dk52s Zuhrah and Zuhal with the new Commodore
of RMNYC Captain Mohd Hatin Saad embarked. Also present was the Pangkor Laut
Resort yacht Impian. The wind was better than the previous year, when several
yachts failed to get far beyond the start line, and everyone got away on time
for the first leg up to Pulau Tuken Terindak.
progress was temporarily arrested when she perched on a rock for a few seconds
before the swell lifted her clear. She
once again took line honours, but the prize went to the newly named Bobbi
Botok, skippered by RSYC long time Committee Member Martin Axe. The yacht, previously Cabaret 5 under Jeremy
Camps’s hand, has its name on the trophy from previous years, and it was no
surprise to see it ahead of the fleet on handicap. Second was Mat Salleh with Neil Ankcorn and Swee Im Tan, another former winner
of the Pangkor Laut Cup, and third Unity, now under new ownership and sailed
double handed by owner Ken Barber and veteran RSYC sailor Tony Sobey.
They collected a special PLR gift as the crew with the highest average
age in the event. Everyone finished this
slow but fun race and the crews were entertained to a lavish spread at Emerald Bay hosted by Pangkor Laut Resort.
This is a popular weekend event with RSYC sailors, as it
doubles as a warm up for the Raja Muda Regatta, and a chance to test boats and
sailors on some night racing. Quite a
few discovered problems which they will be wise to resolve before
November. The WAGS and other camp followers
also enjoy the opportunity to escape from KL and chill out at Pangkor and
Pangkor Laut, and the resorts pull out all the stops to make the weekend