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  • Writer's pictureSie Kee Lau

Squib Malaysian Nationals Day 3 Sunday

Another beautiful but windless day with everyone so grateful for Vladimir and

Benny catering , good food and super coffee

At about 1300 as on the previous day the wind began to fill in but this time the

prevailing westerlies blowing from the mouth of the river

Race officer Simon had already advised that the flooding tide was not suitable

for our planned long distance race conceived to give an opportunity to some

of our less experience racers but more experienced in the mysteries of the

tides around the navigation buoy Selat which have confused many an

experienced sailor

So back to our usual river venue with the start closed to the marina , Race

Officer Simon wanted to get in the promised 2 races to have 7 in all and 2

discards , the first a windward /leeward with a very equal start against the

tide was won by Mandarin with Peach second and Haiku 1 third, this made the

final racing very interesting because either Mandarin or Haiku could lift the

magnificent Royal Selangor Pewter Salver presented by our sponsors Platinum

President Amir , Commodore Jeremy Vice Commodore Rama and Rear

Commodore Jega, and Gold sponsor secretary Ian Rm 1,000

This made the whole regatta financially possible ,

So the final race started, competitors whether exhausted after so much racing

were very line shy , in tricky flukey winds Mandarin on a triangle /sausage

course sailed into a good lead with Haiku only fourth , the race committee had

parked the committee boat Jega s X 34 Leopad Dream on the outside

pontoon of the marina with a finishing mark not far out so anyone in the

clubhouse could see the finish,the Committee watched the persuing boats

Alice and Haiku visibly catching up with Mandarin which seemed to slow , in a

lightening wind which have helped Haiku passed Alice on the originally up

wind leg and was very close approaching the last but one mark , Haiku healing

more crept inside Mandarin and sailed off to victory

Congrats to our First Malaysian National Squib champion Luke Robins sailing

with Vladimir moonlighting from running the catering , he had sailed

consistently well discarding a 4 th and a 3 rd on 7 points ,second was

Mandarin sailed by Jason and John only2 points behind on 9points also

discarding a 4 th and a 3 rd third was the Commodores Jerry sailed by Dr Izham

and Amir with 15 points discarding a 6 th and a 5 th fourth was Lady VG sailed

by PSC and now RSYC Vice Commodore Rama and wife VG the only husband

and wife combination with 19 points BUT including a remarkable 2 first places

fifth Ratatosk our mythical Nordic squirrel sailed by Gavin and Yasid with 24

points handicapped by breaking their main halliard in race 4 and missing 5

sixth Peach 2 sailed by Simon and Harro with 25 points also missing 2 races

with a broken shroud , seventh on count back also on 25 points was

Quicksilver sailed by Peter and Michelle who only started sailing a month ago

8th Alice sailed by owner Jega s sons Kumanan and Aguilan , they improved

in the last race to finish third and 9 th PSC s own club boat sailed by Charles

and Jenny, really a lack of confidence rather than speed

Each competitor received an engraved Selangor pewter coaster as did the civil

defence ambulance and sea rescue party who attended as support ,

fortunately not being needed ,

Our thanks to Tony Sobey and lan on our rescue boat our newly refurbished

Macgregor 25 Tiger and our very efficient mark laying team led by Chandran

who assists Simon at regattas and really understood what was needed

supported by our own Rahim and Heppi , on the committee boat was amazing

, she did everything raising and lowering flags , raising the anchor as well as

taking photos , leaving the Commodore to enjoy using the horn

But above all to our Race officer Simon James who masterminded the sailing so

efficiently and made this so good for the competitors Simon turned down a

regatta in Tahiti to attend and told me he wanted to support what we at PSC

are doing for sailing

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