Last year's results & report
The 30th anniversary has been a year of pleasant surprises for some, with a good mix of prizes for all and shouts of ‘everyone's a winner’..
The Raja Muda Cub went to RSYC member, Rolf Heemskerk, no newcomer to the regatta, but certainly a newcomer to the top notch podium spot. Racing his recently acquired Farr 40, The Next Factor, for the first time he notched up more than enough wins throughout to secure the cup, forcing Team Hollywood and WindSikher into 2nd and 3rd place, showing how smaller boats can often snatch places on handicap.
In class 2 there was a prize for all with boats pulling out at the last minute, leaving Antipodes to just pip newcomer, Doug Sallis on Colie, to the Jugra Cup with a tie-breaker finish. Geoff Hill confirmed he will be back next year to defend his run of wins.
Long time supporter of the regatta, Simon Piff and the Singaporean party-animals crew of Rainbow Dream proved that being small (the boat that is), with a good IRC handicap, can be a good formulae. With a steady line up of 1's and 3's on their score sheet, they secured a 3 point lead over Fujin, skippered by HH Raja Muda Selangor. Simon had registered to the quote of ... " I guess we bring up the rear of the fleet, and hopefully keep them anxious whilst waiting!" and, indeed, they did keep everyone watching the instant results pop up their corrected time ahead of earlier finishers in many races. Nijinsky in 3rd place, chartered by another long time RSYC member, Amir Zohri, demonstrated that one of the keys to winning this regatta is knowing the course and its quirks like the back of your hand.. and with many decades of competing he and his crew certainly fit that bill.
A full house of 10 boats in class 5 was topped by Chris Mitchell on Lady Bubbly yet again, showing that knowing your boat and coaxing her to perform 100%+ wins out. But 2 newcomers to the final results podium took 2nd and 3rd, with Lucas van (?! unpronounceable) on Minz grabbing 2nd and a very happy Rama having made the big old red VG Offshore to perform better than ever to grab 3rd place.
The Malaysian Armed Forces again drove their little old Contesa to a resounding win of Class 6 to grab the Eveline Cup, newly donated by Eveline's owner, RSYC Past Commodore, Dato Richard Curtis, for yet another year. Another RSYC member newcomer to the regatta, Shah Azlan, achieved a 2nd place with Tofan, in a close battle between him and the centennials Rona and Eveline, with the biggest boat (and keenest Rickshaw team) Rona snatching 3rd place from Eveline.
A lack of multihulls this year meant that Peter Waa on Java grabbed a resounding win in class 7 over the scouts and guides, new to the multihull style of sailing, relegated to 2nd place.
With regatta patron HH The Raja Muda of Selangor keen to promote the regatta for its next 30 years it looks like a good future for one of Asia’s toughest regattas.