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  • Writer's pictureSie Kee Lau

ROYAL LANGKAWI INTERNATIONAL REGATTA 2023

PSC were represented by 4 members boats Jacob /Sophies DASH, MJ s RECAA

Vice Commodore Ramas VG Offshore and Commodore Jeremys Blue Angel ,

not bad out of a total of 24 entrants

Race Officer Simon James had a problem on class allocation, in the past he

has been okay to have more smaller classes but this time there were groupings

which with the conditions simply didn’t work , for example with IRC 1 and 2

grouped together Jeremys 28 footer sailed against racing Farr 40 footers , the

handicap takes care of part of this but not the different sailing characteristics

/speeds , likewise in the cruising class our cruiser racers were grouped with the

120 year old Bristol cutter Evelyn , so much slower , this means for any restart

they have to wait for the slowest boat to finish

Racing class had only one entrant the Thai TP 52 , in the end the Navy entered

their boat Uranus which would never be a match

RLIR is always Jeremys favourite because it is a well organised ,conventional

regatta , ie based in one location and a very nice one , Langkawi, so beautiful

and scenic , this year was no exception in fact it had everything but the

essential WIND

In the end cruising class had 3 races and IRC 4 races normally 8 to 10 , Dash

sailing with a number of Malaysian Olympic sailors from the nearby Malaysian

Sailing Center on board was a close second in cruising, VG Offshore third and

Recaa sailing her first proper regatta fourth

Blue Angel having taken the option to enter the IRC 1 class was a rather

disappointing 6 th out of 7 , that said we had a great crew to sail with and in

one race were fourth when less than one minute would have had us second

Not enough races to give us a chance , which applies to everyone

After a great PSC club gathering on Sunday night the week however was made

more interesting by a visit kindly organised by Sophie who had a number of the

Malaysian Olympic sailors sailing on her boat DASH namely Juni Karimah Nor

Jamali ( Int 470 class ) Khairulnizam Mohd Afendi ( 3x Olympic in ILCA 7

formerly Laser and 3 times SEA games gold medallist ) Asri bin Asman ( Sea

Games silver medallist and assistant Kedah Coach ) Neeta herself is a SEA gold

medallist and 4 th in World Cup in Melbourne This is the Olympic training

center but also the Kedah Sailing Association base


Neeta who organised this introduced us to her Father Mohd Afendi who is

the Chief coach and organiser , He explained how from an abandoned

government building they had developed the center with good and wide

ramps, dormitories and huge under boat cover store, there were a lot of new

dinghies including 2 futuristic 29 ers

Afendi and Neeta offered assistance when we get our junior sailing academy

going , our thank to Neeta for her help and introducing the sailors , all

interesting and English speaking It was great to have our new member

Sophies with hubby Jacob involvement too , makes more possible our

integrated member and local children dinghy ambitions

Next up we are organising our sailing program for 2023 which traditionally

starts in February 12 th for the Squibs and including events for our greatly

increased cruiser membership , PD now fixed for Saturday 29 th May with an

event in PD on 30 th May

It may also be possible to start our Academy junior Optimist sailing program

under our new Chief Instructor Nurul Ain and Assistant Rina

Jeremy Camps

Commodore

20/1/23

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